The SKS Is the Cockroach of Weapons
Robert Beckhusen

Much is made of the potential “slam-fire” issue caused by the floating firing pin of the SKS, but I own three examples and none has ever gone “full auto” me. I have even fired a used (as in government surplus) SKS that still had the packing grease/cosmoline in the bolt, and experienced no slam-fire problems.

The SKS is a simple, robust and extraordinarily reliable battle rifle. If the design team had been allowed time to lighten it by a pound or two, add a detachable magazine, and improve the trigger and safety there would have been no need for the AK-47.

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