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Length Overall Barrel Length Weight  Caliber Action Type Magazine capacity
40 1/2 inches 20 inches .7.63x39 gas, semi auto 10
    Had I only known several years ago, I would have bought several of these, and kept them for myself. Ten years, or so, ago, I was an FFL, and I did some firearms sales, and transfers for my friends. I bough a half dozen or so for these guns, and sold them at cost, to friends of mine. At the time, I could pick these guns up for as little as $30-$40 each. Even a high priced model would cost me no more than $70 or so. At these prices, the SKS was costing less than a .22 rimfire. They were cheap enough, that some of my friends bought several, and used them as knockaround guns, keeping them as spares in their boats, cabins, and in the trunks of their cars. I suspect that these practices are no longer being followed, because of the increase in cost of these guns. Today an SKS is priced in the $200+ range. Pre-ban models, with bayonets, sell for even more. These are pretty simple rifles, developed during the Second World War, and introduced the world to the 7.63x39 cartridge, which was latter used in the famous AK-47 rifle.
    These rifles were sold by the gross, years ago, as a cheap, simple brush gun, or hunting piece. They are robust, though heavy, rifles, with an uncomplicated gas piston operation. The bolt is massive, and the entire rifle seems almost primitive, when taken apart for cleaning. The standard non-detachable magazine holds a politically correct 10 rounds, though extended magazines are available which hold up to 30 rounds. There is also an aftermarket kit, which will allow the SKS to use the detachable AK-47 magazine. These kits, and magazine extensions are not permitted to the subjects of california, new jersey, and the other states which have succeeded to join the new union of american socialist republics. They are, however, allowed for the citizens of the United States.