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SKS convert zipper clips to magazine?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jkcal436, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. jkcal436

    jkcal436 Active Member

    I bought a 1958 Romanian SKS today. $300 rifle only, wrong bayonet, missing the cleaning rod. It takes the zipper clips. How do I get it to accept duckbill magazines? It looks like the screw on the side would remove the magazine and replace with regular magazine. I would appreciate any advice.

  2. cane

    cane Well-Known Member

    What's a "zipper clip"?
  3. jkcal436

    jkcal436 Active Member

    A top loading clip...much like the M1's.
  4. SwearNoAllegiance

    SwearNoAllegiance Well-Known Member

    I think you mean stripper clip.
  5. gripper

    gripper Well-Known Member

    Do NOT consider that-That is a NICE SKS,and Sergei will be VERY angy with you! Besdies;that "screw on the side" is actually the crossbolt;stock up on ammo and STRIPPER clips;take th etime to learn how to use them and PRACTICE .
    BTW,CONGRATULATIONS on the new arrival;the Romanians are very nice-for $300.00 you done good!.
  6. Nero_Atrum

    Nero_Atrum Well-Known Member

    You could probably learn to reload it faster with the stripper clips than the magazines.
  7. QuietEarp

    QuietEarp Well-Known Member

    There are some pretty good videos on youtube about how to disassemble the SKS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_Kdn3JQDQ
    You should probably become more familiar with your firearm before changing it around. Inspecting and cleaning the bolt is a must IMO before loading the weapon. Most people seem to prefer the standard 10 round attached magazine with stripper clips, I sure do. To take the magazine off you need to take out the trigger assembly and then it comes out easily.
    Good luck with your SKS and I would do some research before jumping in to any modifications. The search function on THR is a great place to start.
  8. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

  9. gripper

    gripper Well-Known Member

    Additionally,all disassembly for th eSKS can be found on th enet;but it is simple(within certain constraints!)
    First,open th emagazine latch,and pull back the bolt-eyeball the chamber to insure its empty.Leave it "cocked",and remove the receiver cover(pin/latch on th eright rear of the receiver;flip i tup ,ease it out to th eright and the cover comes off easily).Withdraw the bolt-both th ecarrier and bolt will come out to the rear;hammer has to be down( why I said to "cock" it)and double check on keeping th e safety engaged.To get to th emagazine removal, I will bypass a couple of things( like gas tube /upper handguard removal,op rod etc).Using either a punch,or the on einside the tool kit(inside the butt stock storage gate)push down on th epost at th erear of th etrigger assembly(AGAIN,make certain the safety is on)..it will take some pressure,but the trigger assembly will "spring out" as a unit.Next ,gently pull down and back on the magazine body-it will come out with some gentle tugging.
    BTW,the reason I reccommend keeping the safety on (besides the obvious) is that removing the trigger assembly with it off will cause th esafety spring to disengage-not an easy reinsatll without the proper tools.Hope this helps...Enjoy!
  10. Wheeler44

    Wheeler44 Well-Known Member

    Ummmmmm......No...as mentioned above that screw does not remove the magazine...look on youtube for SKS disassembly video... some good ones there.

    Stripper clips are a very effective way to carry ammo and load an SKS... look for youtube video on that as well...

    Don't try to "improve" your SKS until you learn how to use it as designed...You may find that it needs very little improvement at all....Look up Kivaari on the 'net if you need some creep and grittiness removed from your trigger..Look up "tech sights" if you want a "click" adjustable rear peep sight. Shhot it...shoot it some more....shoot it some more....Then decide if you like it or not...

    Just my thoughts on Sergei's Karbine....

  11. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    I have two SKS's; I bought the first one 20 years ago & converted to the detachable mag when I replaced the stock. Bought a B-Square scope mount & put a red dot on it. That frankenstien is now a ridicuolous reminder of my youth, thinking all things must be improved. I picked up a really clean Yugo last year, and despite the occasional temptation to mess with it, I am leaving it as-issued. I picked up 50 stripper clips for .25 cents a pop at a gun show, all of them are loaded now with Wolf & sitting in an ammo can. Would have bought more, but that's all the guy had. Having shot both, I am a believer the strpper clips are faster.
  12. lipadj46

    lipadj46 Well-Known Member

    Keep the original mag and learn to love your stripper clips. Besides having a nice rifle as is if you convert to removable then you have to join this "buy more mags" arms race. With the attached mag you don't have to worry about losing it and won't have the extra expense of mag hoarding. Just my $.02.
  13. Cannonball888

    Cannonball888 Well-Known Member

    Stripper clips and enbloc clips are different. The M1 uses an enbloc not a stripper.
  14. ndh87

    ndh87 Well-Known Member

    Detachable mags dont work worth a crap in SKS's. I tried on one I had. Its much easier to just use a STRIPPER clip.
  15. dscottw88

    dscottw88 Well-Known Member

    Only the SKS-D and SKS-M were made to accept detachable magazines. Trying to convert a standard SKS to accept detachable magazines will cost around the same price as the rifle I would imagine, and it will greatly reduce reliability of the firearm. Some guns can't be changed no matter how badly we want them to.
  16. Dr. Fresh

    Dr. Fresh Well-Known Member

    Sort of. It's easy to "convert" to duck-bill mags, but AK mags are another story. Like you said, that would be an expensive conversion. If AK mags are your thing, the D and M are great.

    Otherwise, stick with stripper clips.
  17. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Other than the 2 specific models mentioned, loading the SKS = 10-round Stripper Clip.

    I can load my SKS with the 10-rounds clips ALMOST as fast as I can stuff another en-bloc 8-round clip into my US Rifle Cal .30 M1
  18. Loggerlee

    Loggerlee Well-Known Member

    I'm a fan of the stripper clip,they work nice.
  19. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I have heard that the Tapco conversions work well, I'm about to find out.
  20. scottishclaymore

    scottishclaymore Well-Known Member

    The SKS is a good and much-maligned rifle. I have found, despite initial temptation to modify mine, that I actually really love it in its original configuration. Stripper clips are more easily transported than detachable magazines and much, much cheaper. I have a 20-pack that I bought for about $6 or $7 and this basically means that I have the potential of having 210 rounds ready instantly (counting the 10 in the gun). I don't keep that many loaded mainly because I don't see the need, but I always have a couple on hand.

    I can pop them in my back pocket and get moving, and the reloading is every bit as fast as reloading my AK-47 -- faster, actually.

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