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Old July 11, 2014, 07:58 PM   #51
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and the reciever is milled or stamped!
I've bought and sold many SKSs from Russia and China since my first one in 1988 and I have never seen a stamped SKS receiver. I've seen other parts that were stamped but never the receiver.
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Old July 11, 2014, 08:12 PM   #52
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Go to YooperJohns websight, he has pics of Chinese stamped SKS rifles. Very un AK looking though. I have never seen one either other than this gentleman who must be an expert of some sort on the topic.http://yooperj.com
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Old July 12, 2014, 06:02 PM   #53
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Yooper John is pretty much the go to guy for all things SKS. His site is comprehensive in it's coverage. I've never seen a stamped SKS receiver either but apparently there are some. I do know that the M models were made for the civilian market and were never military surplus. For the most part that means less quality than the milsurp models but not by much from what I understand. The paratrooper models and the Cowboy Companion models were also made for the US civilian market. That all ended with the AWB in 1994. Too bad really because we were getting tons of cheap guns and ammo from China at the time. Most of it was just fired away in plinking but some people did use them for hunting and some used them for HD. They were a great bargain at the time. They're still a good bargain but no longer a great bargain.
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Old July 12, 2014, 07:03 PM   #54
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As for the standard Mini 14 sights, maybe this is not a valid comparison, but my old ('90 vintage) Mini 14's thick front post sight presented a much worse sight picture than my SKS with their Tech Sights (TS 200).

And to broaden the comparison of carbines, don't want to hurt anyone's pride, but the short sight distance/sight picture of the M4 (AR carbine), in my opinion, is a much worse combination than the Tech on the SKS.
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Old July 13, 2014, 12:01 AM   #55
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Your right Cee Zee, Its a pity that Chinese SKS rifles and ammo were banned. I know guys thats all they hunt with. They work good too. IIRC the cheapest I ever saw the rifles for was 39.95 just once at a gun show. The cheapest I ever saw ammo for it was AP surplus, for like 30 bucks a tin. I just didnt buy enough. But later got some good stuff, South African, and Russian. Like a dummy I sold my rifles and ammo, then realizing the error of my ways obtained them again.
I have to believe there were folks that really learned how to shoot as a result of all that cheap ammo and guns, not to mention the fun just blowing ammo off.

As far as sights go on a mini 14 , there are decent replacement sights, I have been looking at a Tech sight for my mini. MY rifle is actually accurate. It gets a little weird when it heats up, but holds up pretty well. It would be nice to adjust the rear sight with out tools or a bullet. I dont know anyone who has gone that route but the unit actually looks like decent quality, and would improve the sight deficiency a little (a lot?) maybe. There also seem to be a number of improvements for front sights as well. My mini is totally box stock from 1978 (181) series. It has a strange old school appeal. It belonged to my best friend, and when he passed I inherited it. So I am a little slow to modify anything. He really liked the rifle, as it reminded him of his M14 so much.
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