Russian SKS Rifles
Russian SKS Types from Tula and Izhevsk Arsenals.
Chinese SKS Rifles
The Chinese Type 56 SKS Rifle was developed in the mid 1950's by copying the Russian SKS design in Chinese factories. Production of the Chinese variant started in 1956 with the assistance of the Soviet engineers. Chinese have manufactured many varieties of the Russian SKS. SKS-derived selective-fire assault rifle, the Type 68/72 was a Chinese creation. The Type 68/72 is identifiable by the selector switch on the right side of the rifle. Other models include selective-fire models and paratrooper short barreled models.
Yugoslavian SKS Rifles
Yugoslavia manufactured SKS rifles were called the M59/66 Rifle. Production of the Yugoslavian model began in 1959.
There are three types of Yugoslavian SKS milled receiver rifles, the M59, the M59/66, and the M59/66A1. The M59 rifle has a stripper guide and a blade bayonet. The M59/66 rifle was manufactured from 1966 to 1970 at the Zastava factory. It differs from the M59 by the addition of a grenade launcher fitted to the barrel, a flip up grenade sight, and a rubber recoil pad fitted to the butt stock. The last version, the M59/66A1, had phosphor or tritium night sights and minor variations to the grenade launcher sight.
Albanian SKS Rifles
The Albanian "July 10th" SKS model has a unique extended stock that goes to the gas block. The Albanian SKS handguard is extended compared to other models and has a hook-style bolt handle.
Romanian SKS Rifles
Romanian Type 56 Cugir SKS Types.
North Korean SKS Rifles
North Korean models were called the Type 63 Carbine and production began in 1963.
East German SKS Rifles
The DDR produced SKS rifle was called the Karabiner-S rifle. It shares many of the same design styles of the Russian SKS. The left side of the receiver is marked with a "K96" in a rectangle. It has been reported that they were manufactured during the Cold War by J.P. Sauer and Sohn, Suhl and that large stocks of these weapons were destroyed.
SKS Rifle Legal Status
There is much disinformation spread by certain anti-gun rights groups regarding the SKS rifle. The SKS is NOT an "Assault Rifle". They use this term falsely. The SKS rifle is defined as a Curio & Relic rifle according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulation 27 CFR 178.11.
What is a Curio and Relic?
(a) Firearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas thereof;
(b) Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
(c) Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms are not available except as collector's items, or that the value of like firearms available in ordinary commercial channels is substantially less.
SKS Carbine Weapon Data
- Type: Gas operated. Semiautomatic mode.
- SKS Ammo: 7.62 X 39 caliber 122 grain
- SKS Rear Sight: Tangent leaf, graduated from 100 to 1000 meters
- SKS Weight: 8.8 lbs.
- SKS Muzzle Velocity: 2400 feet/per second
- Magazine capactity: 10 rounds>
Identification of Soviet Bloc SKS Rifle Ammo
|Designation||Bullet Type||Marking||Bullet Weight|
|BZ||AP Incendiary||Black & Red||251.5 gr.|
SKS Rifle Gallery
The SKS rifle keeps soldiering on more than 60 years after its creation in various militaries around the world and in conflicts.