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Chinese Paratrooper sks?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Anteater1717, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Anteater1717

    Anteater1717 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of getting a Chinese paratrooper sks my first question is the legality in California? How much should I expect to pay for one? Does anyone know about there accuracy? Are their any problems? Is there anothe better sks I should know about? Are the 59/66 yugoslovians ca legal? and does anyone have pictures?
  2. Roadwild17

    Roadwild17 Well-Known Member

    look on gunbroker.com at sks-d and sks-m. From what I understand these were made to accept ak47 mags from the factory.
  3. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    I can't answer the questions about CA legal. I do have one of these guns, however.


    Size comparison with a SAR3.

    Prices range anywhere from $150-250 for the standard type. Mine did not come with a bayonet, and I prefer it that way. With TechSights, it's acceptably accurate for me. I didn't try it much before I added those. I have only recently had any problems with mine, but I can't say yet whether or not it's due to the ammo I'm using.

    "Better" I guess depends on what you want to use the gun for. Mine is a range toy, and it's great.

  4. blackhawk2000

    blackhawk2000 member

    Seeing as how Klinton put the stop on Chinese guns in 94, My guess is they would be considered pre ban for Kali. I paid $175 for mine, earlier this year.
  5. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    The Norinco sks is a fine rifle. The yugos usually shoot a tad better, but when I fired them both side-by-side and I found little difference in accuraccy.

    The 59/66's are not legal in Cali. however, they do have a neutered version, the M59 (no GL or bayo) and I have no reason to believe that it isn't as good as the other yugos.

    A very fun gun, and quick to aim.
  6. gunnerman78

    gunnerman78 Member

    Anteater the best thing that i can suggest since you live in the Peoples Republic of California is to do a google or yahoo search and see if you can find the answer. The answer is most likely no since California consideres them to be assualt weapons. If i moved to California i would have to sell most of my gun collection since most are not California legal
  7. DougB

    DougB Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure the paratrooper (in its original configuration, without a detachable magazine) is legal in CA. I don't believe you can have a bayonet on them. It is a handy size. I have one and like it. Unfortunately, they aren't easy to find or cheap. All SKSs are pretty expensive in CA compared to other states (since the cheap Yugos can't be brought into the state without having the grenade launcher removed or altered). I think the Paratroopers are one of the harder variations to find. I believe they were made for the U.S. commercial market (not for real paratroopers), so there probably isn't much historic interest, but they are a handy size (similar to an AK, as shown in the photo above). If I found a decent paratrooper for $150, I'd buy it in a moment. I'd probably buy another at $250 (which is what I paid for the one I have). I don't think $300 (or even more) would be outrageous. I guess its supply and demand - you might luck into a good deal, but I wouldn't count on finding a cheap paratrooper in CA.

  8. Beetle Bailey

    Beetle Bailey Well-Known Member

    Yes, the Chinese Paratrooper SKS is legal in California. You cannot have it with the bayonet, however. The Chinese SKS that is not legal in California is the one that takes AK magazines, as stated above. One of the local shops had a Paratrooper SKS for sale last time I was there, but they wanted $400 for it. Although I wouldn't mind a Paratrooper SKS, I thought that was too much and passed. It is a short, handy carbine however.

    As far as accuracy, I don't know, but IMHO as long as it shoots "Minute of Capitalist" (MOC) ;) at 200 yards, I'd consider it okay for an SKS.

    You can get a Yugo M59/66 SKS in California as long as the grenade laucher is disabled. Sometimes they have them at Turner's. I had one and it was a good rifle, for an SKS. Very reliable and built tough, but long and heavy for a "carbine" that shoots an intermediate round. When I'm shooting out in the desert, I sometimes wish I still had it, but it wasn't accurate enough to be fun shooting at paper at the rifle range.
  9. Limeyfellow

    Limeyfellow Well-Known Member

    You are right, they were made specifically to sell on the US commercial market and were never designed with a bayonet. They are California legal since they don't have the bayonet (for rifles after 1986 when the bayonet got banned all Norinco SKS' imported had the bayonet removed anyway) and it was a fixed magazine that doesn't hold over 10 rounds. The only feature on the SKS generally not allowed are the Yugo grenade launchers nowadays where a special agreement was reached to make them legal if they had a muzzle break permenently attached.

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