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SKS Paratroopers are 300 bucks?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by fistful, Oct 15, 2004.

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  1. fistful

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    Been looking about on the internet. After about 1 minute, I decided I didn't want a Paratrooper, if they cost 250 - 400 bucks. Are they really that high?
     
  2. Wildalaska

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    No......

    Ya pay more than $225 for one you overpaid

    WioldihavespokenAlaska
     
  3. Doug S

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    I paid $240 OTD for a nice, but mismatched para (Cowboy Companion) at a recent gun show. Too much in my opinion, but I really wanted a short SKS. I've read plenty of posts stating that Para prices run anywhere from the upper $100s to around $300. They do generally run a little higher than a regular SKS from what I've read, & a Para model may be harder to find. Although I would have liked a lower price & matching #'s, my particular carbine was the only Para that I've found for sale so I grabbed it. The Para is way more handy than my Yugo "carbines (in size), functionally comparable (so far 100% reliable), but not a nicely made (fit & finish).
     

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    It all depends on the particular model of "paratrooper" you want.

    The standard model paratrooper is a bit less. The ones that take the AK mags run a bit more. I believe those are the "D" models if I'm not mistaken?

    Anyway, I have seen those run up to $400 at the shows.

    Good Shooting
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  5. fistful

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    Doug S,

    No bayo mount, just what I want. Listen to my voice. You're getting very sleepy. You're very relaxed and comfortable. You don't want to be violent. You don't want to hear loud noises. You want to ship your paratrooper to fistful's house. When you awake, you will have no memory of this conversation, only a maddening desire to give me your paratrooper. 3...2...1
     
  6. Doug S

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    Fistful,

    I'm struggling with a strange urge to ship my Paratrooper to you. Hey did you notice that the Cowboy Companion version doesn't have a bayo lug. It's been ground off. Just enough left to hold the cleaning rod. I've seen pictures where the entire lug has been ground off, but those no longer have the cleaning rod. More interesting to me was the fact that the stock has a wood splice where the bayo groove used to be. I've read that this was typical on the Cowboy Companion models because they were designed with ranchers in mind. In case you weren't already aware, the Paratrooper models were cut down from full-size SKS carbines for the American market. Although I've read differing opinions, it seems most common for the "Paratrooper" version to have a bayonet (although this may not always be the case), while the "Cowboy Companion" has the bayo & lug removed. Also I've read that the Paratrooper with the bayo still on the rifle are illegal. Both "Paratrooper" & "Cowboy Companion" are commerical models, again cut down by either the original factory or by the importer to make them more appealing on the American market. Some may have been cut down from original military surplus, while others (which is true of the Chinese SKS in general) may have been made new for the commerical market. My mismatched numbers, and some other features lead me to believe that my particular specimen was a military refurb converted to the Para configuration.
     

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  7. fistful

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    hmmm...interesting photograph. I'll PM you my address, so you can get rid of that carbine, and that disquieting urge you have.
     
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