SKS: The Poor Man's EBR, The Final Chapter


March 20, 2013, 07:03 PM
hello all,
few months back I challenged myself to make an evil black rifle for a price reasonably lower than a budget brand AR15. for the sake of science I wanted to keep it under $400. today I finally put the final touches on the rifle and it's for lack of a better word excellent.

any good rifle project requires a good base model to work around. for my purposes I chose the SKS. it's a time proven design and still quite affordable. I paid $239 for a 1959 Chinese type 56.

no EBR is complete with something black on it. for my build I chose a ramline stock. it fits the rifle like a glove though a little solder was necessary to help the handguard fit a little more snugly. normal retail price of the ramline is $60 but I managed to pick mine up for $20, we'll call it a going out of business sale.

an EBR does an 'ignorant right wing nutbag' no good at all if he/she can't hit what they're aiming at so I chose to give the sights a face lift with a Tech Sights TS200 aperture system. this system greatly improves the sight picture over the existing leaf sights and since they mount to the rear of the receiver instead of the front you get a much longer sight picture over an AR15 or AK47. also note that the TS200 has both windage and elevation adjustment. I sighted it in at 200 yards and regularly hit steel targets out to that range which is well beyond I originally thought possible based on experience with other combat designs chambered in 7.62x39mm. TS200 costs $59.

finally no EBR is complete without high capacity quick change magazines. I chose a tapco 20 rounder. it makes it very difficult to load from stripper clips but not impossible if you know what you're doing, I think I'll just load by hand like I would an AR or AK magazine. so far I've only put a single magazine though it to make sure it worked as so far it's 100%. magazine was $18.

final price tag is $336 plus assorted S&H charges which put actual price around $360.

1. please note that this rifle is fully 922R compliant as the removal of the handguard, stock, magazine body and follower drops the number of controlled Foreign manufactured parts down to 10. yugo SKS with the muzzle break will require either the break removed or an additional part exchanged with one made in the USA to be compliant.

2. I personally prefer the low capacity 10 round metal magazine to the 20 round tapco magazine as I loading from stippers is easier than single loading the larger mag. if I had multiple mags it would likely be a non-issue but for now it's slightly more of a hassle. I may buy a new trigger and sear down the line to allow me to switch back and forth between the metal and polymer mags but for now it's a very serviceable rifle.

3. tech sights do not shift POI during take down, they stay very much dialed in, despite having to be removed during takedown.

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March 21, 2013, 12:31 AM
I like it very much.
An SKS is on my want list. I think I'll keep the walnut (yes, I know diff countries used different wood). But I like the plastic b/c it is not a hard hitter and the lighter weight will make it easier to handle. I also very much like the tech sights.
Good work,

March 21, 2013, 06:24 AM
Did you pull the rear sight leaf? It looks like something is in the way of your sight picture.

While I wouldn't personally use a polymer stock and detachable magazines in my SKS, I can certainly see the reasoning behind using them

March 21, 2013, 11:57 AM
yes I pulled the sight leaf. my camera doesn't like to take pictures that require a lot of detail right away, that was the best of 4 takes I'm afraid.

the polymer magazine isn't actualy how I would like to go but in order to stay 922R compliant I had to knock out 2 more no-no parts to make it legal so I swapped the magazine with this one. if there was an american made metal magazine for the same price as the tapco I would buy it in a heartbeat.

March 21, 2013, 12:12 PM

Lose the bayonet, cut the barrel down to 15" and weld an HK-style site/flash suppressor combo on. Then it'll look mean.

That's the route I went on my Mini. Long pencil barrels hanging out of the handguards on EBRs just look silly, IMO. It wears a short quad rail these days, and a different VFG. This photo is about 6 years old:

As for the SKS, though, I opted to leave my '54 Tula laminate original.

March 21, 2013, 12:14 PM
I'll keep the full barrel on mine, I use it out in the desert, sometimes I actually need the range.

March 21, 2013, 12:54 PM
mods like that would put me over budget.

if I need a gun to kill the invading commies then I'll grab my AR15s, this project was just to prove that a decently utilitarian alternative could be found cheaper.

in my opinion it was successful.

March 21, 2013, 04:15 PM
I like this build a lot, it's really close to how I want to mod an SKS, except I'd like to keep mine in a wood stock. I especially like that you kept the traditional rifle profile instead of bolting on a pistol grip. I think that the typical SKS pistol grip mod leaves too much space between grip and magazine, making the whole thing look and feel awkward.

March 21, 2013, 07:01 PM
actually the plan originally called for the pistol grip tacticool m4 stock but when I got it in the mail the thing was just too sloppily made and would have required a lot more grinding and fitting than I was willing to deal with on a plastic stock so I sold it and used the ramline instead.

I actually really liked how it looked with the metal mag and hopefully I can find some cheap american made parts to swap out so I can put the metal mag back in without having to worry about ATF kicking in my door and taking my illegally assembled rifle...

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