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Hmm. What to get. Paratrooper or Russian

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by J_L_A, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. J_L_A

    J_L_A Well-Known Member

    Russian SKS or Paratrooper SKS. What do you guys think? They're both around the same price and I like 'em both, but only can get one :(
    btw...The Paratrooper has a thumbhole stock. Thanks for your time!
  2. SimpleIsGood229

    SimpleIsGood229 Well-Known Member

    It depends what you want it for.
  3. gripper

    gripper Well-Known Member

    Is the Paratrooper one of the old Navy Arms imports???Does it have th eleft side scope base(was called it a Type89 IIRC)and th estandard 10 round ,fixed box??Or is it a detachable box(AK mag) version???
    Is the Russian a laminate or a hardwood stock?Spike or a blade bayo?Tula marking?Older than a 1954 receiver cover date?
    Check the firing pin on th eRussian-nine is an old Tula 1950 with a spring mounted firing pin...the extractor is NOT permanently pinned into the bolt body;but can be removed9watch that spingif it is!)
    If the chicom has a stepped ,screwed in barrel snatch it ....hell ;you may be able to get both if the price is right!
    Shorties can be fun to shoot;but the 20's shoot better in my hands;balance out price with the one that feels best to you . And have a blast at the range-SKS's have always been among my favorite "utility" rifles.Not perfect -but wide range of uses .
  4. J_L_A

    J_L_A Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies!
    Well....looks like it may be the Russian that I buy.
    It has a star on top with an arrow inside. The date is 1953-R. And the price just went up to $330.00. Still a good price?
  5. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    I have a cowboy companion A.K.A. "Paratrooper" SKS my example has a pinned barrel and I'll be the first to tell ya that it shoots like CRAP even after preforming all the tricks to improve accuracy.

    So if I were you I'd ONLY consider the Norinco if the bbl is threaded.
  6. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Well-Known Member

    I would go for the Russian.
  7. WesM

    WesM Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Russian. I would love to find a Russian at that price. I like my Norinco, but I just think it would be neat to have one of the "originals".
  8. igorts

    igorts Well-Known Member

    +1 for Russian
  9. 45B@cav

    45B@cav Well-Known Member

    +1 Russian
  10. Kino74

    Kino74 Well-Known Member

    another +1 for the Russian
  11. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    I've owned several, as I prefer this platform to the AK in this cartridge. IME, the Russians are consistently better rifles.

    I've read about early Sino-Soviet examples, and they sound like a collector's dream. However, I've never seen or handled one of them.

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