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A SKS as a Truck gun?????

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rebelz, May 14, 2006.

  1. rebelz

    rebelz member

    I am saving my money to buy my fully decked out sks and was wondering would this make a good truck gun?? Iwould of course take it inside every day but still was swondering if u have any sugestatuin feel free
  2. Stiletto Null

    Stiletto Null Well-Known Member


    You left the Bold on.


    As far as "tricking out" goes, I would say get some improved sights (Williams Firesights and Tech-Sights come to mind) and leave it alone.

    And it'll do just fine as a truck gun, if "a bunch" of other people around the Internet are to be believed. :)
  3. American By Blood

    American By Blood Well-Known Member

    The SKS will make a fine truck gun. It's a great multi-purpose rifle. I wouldn't want to compete or do sniper duty with one, but that's about it. You'll find it easy to operate, powerful enough, fun to shoot, reliable, durable, etc.

    However, DON'T TRICK IT OUT. For one, many of the SKS rifles on the market were imported under C&R laws. Once you start adding and removing parts their C&R status is invalidated and you have to deal with foreign parts count issues and the like. Plus (and possibly more importantly), the SKS is already a beautiful and fully-serviceable rifle in its standard configuration. Adding aftermarket parts like plastic stocks and the like doesn't make the gun perform noticeably better and ruins the original aesthetics and historical value of the weapon.
  4. Just_a_dude_with_a_gun

    Just_a_dude_with_a_gun Well-Known Member

    As long as the rifle operates well, you're good to go. Good "all around" cartridge.
  5. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    I am believer that the SKS is a good gun, but only in its original configuration. If you plan to spend the time and money to trick it out, you will be better served by a Romanian AK; accuracy is a touch lower, but fewer legal hassles (in many states, anyway). Also, when you begin with a very good or better grade SKS, it doesn't take many upgrades to hit the price a Rom AK will run you. If you begin with a shooter grade SKS, no amount of upgrading is going to make it a tack driver (it will be reliable, but will need so much extra help, there's just no point to it).
  6. gopguy

    gopguy Well-Known Member

    The SKS makes an ideal truck gun for folks like those living in Ohio. We are not allowed to have rifles with loaded magazines for them in our cars let alone a truck. However with the SKS you can carry your ammo on stripper clips, have them in your trunk or a locked container and that is perfectly legal. I use a well used Yugoslav 59/66 that shoots dead on. Just pull the thing out once a week to make sure rust is not developing or any other problems. Also the 7.62X39mm cartridge is a very capable round for the emergencies you would be carrying that rifle for....:evil:
  7. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    In Mississippi, we can carry loaded what ever we want. The vehicle is considered an extension of the home. The SKS is a decent truck gun, especially a Chinese with the chrome barrel. They are handier than the unchromed Yugos, though those are very nicely assembled. (Of course, a nice lever gun is less frightening to the masses and makes a good truck gun, since you asked about the SKS, though, the answer is yes, it is a good truck gun).

    I agree with everyone else. The SKS is fine just the way it is. If you want better sights, get those. But, the synthetic stocks offer nothing over the wood, save for the folders that can make it more compact but you make it more difficult to get into action (have to unfold that stock) and accuracy will stink if you try to fire it A-Team style with the stock folded. Skip putting a scope on it and forget about the aftermarket magazines.

    The SKS fills the role of a truck gun so nicely by itself, there is nothing to gain by adding stuff to it.

    (I did trick a Chinese out, once, 10 years ago, so this is experience, not wisdom, which I impart).

  8. scbair

    scbair Well-Known Member

    Agree that:
    1) SKS is a great "truck gun." Powerful (enough for most purposes), accurate (enough for most purposes), and rugged & reliable (with no such "qualification" needed).:D

    2) No "tricking out" necessary! As-issued, it's proven adequate for military service in some darned hostile environments. Anything you do to "improve" it is likely to make it less durable, less reliable and/or HEAVIER!
  9. crazed_ss

    crazed_ss Well-Known Member

    Another vote for not tricking it out.

    I had a Romanian SKS awhile back.. I put a dragunov stock on it and cheapy scope and mount and all this other crap. I ended up pretty much ruining a perfectly good rifle.

    The current Yugo SKS I have is stock except for I added some aftermarket sights. The gun doesnt need anything else IMO. The wood stock that it comes with is a much more quality piece than the cheap plastic things you can get off the internet.
  10. dfaugh

    dfaugh Well-Known Member

    The ultimate "truck gun"

    I consider the SKS to be the ultimate truck gun. Cheap and cheap ammo. Accurate enough for most purposes. Handy size and minimal recoil. 10 round capacity is plenty for the most part, but quick reloads from stripper clips. I wouldn't spend alot on "tricking it out", as they're pretty servicable as they are, but that's a personal choice.
  11. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Well-Known Member

    I have a a Yugo SKS as my truck gun and feel it is the quinessential rifle for the role. In fact, it is nearly perfect. It is battlefield durable and reliable, mine shoots 2 MOA with Wolf, it is cheap and easy to replace, and powerful enough for most purposes. You can stick it behind the seat (at least in MT) and forget about it until you need it. You don't have to worry about it or baby it and you know it isn't a tragedy if it gets dinged up.

    I agree that tricking it out would not make sense. The rifle will do pretty much anything you need it to do in its standard configuration. If it was a keeper rifle not potentially subjected to a little abuse and neglect, I might say go for it. But as a truck rifle, tricking it out will only add cost and possibly legal hassle.
  12. dasmi

    dasmi Well-Known Member

    The SKS would be just fine in that roll.
    My truck gun happens to be a Mosin-nagant M44, but that's just cause I don't have an SKS.
  13. chopinbloc

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member

    another vote against "tricking" it out.
  14. MD_Willington

    MD_Willington Well-Known Member

    Plain old from the factory wood'n'steel SKS... works well for the truck, the Deere, the Combine... insert your implement or machinery here... some farmers around my way have them... and a lack of coyotes on their land ;)
  15. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Well-Known Member

    Counterstrike. Counterstrike is to blame for this.
  16. CZguy

    CZguy Well-Known Member

    :confused: :confused: :confused:
  17. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Well-Known Member

    When a guy claims to have shot a full auto SKS with the same recoil as a .30-06 and to have obtained 3 to 4 inch groups at 1500 to 2000 yards with an SKS, I tend to picture a pimply, barely adolescent male in his early teens playing Counterstrike in his room with .50 Cent blaring in the background. Acknowledging the potential for sarcasm and a few added zeroes, I think this type is more than likely largely educated by video games. So I blame Counterstrike.
  18. CZguy

    CZguy Well-Known Member

    Ok, I get it. :)

    Thanks for explaining.

    I just ignore posts like that. You ought to hear the 300 yard shots my co-workers make thru heavy brush each deer season. :D
  19. SnP

    SnP Well-Known Member

    hahahaha, 3"@100yds.? lol

    The SKS is a go anywhere, do just about anything type of firearm. Its a great gun ,well worth every penny.:)
  20. chopinbloc

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member

    i am confident that lorcin's post was thick with sarcasm. you do know what a lorcin is, right? oh, and while an m1a in each hand is silly, an m1a1 in each hand is freakin' hillarious and i'm sure it was meant that way.

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