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jackliu239
09-09-2010, 2:38 PM
Since both weapon looks and operates very similar and SKS costs 3x less than M1 and cheaper to shoot too.

bohoki
09-09-2010, 2:46 PM
sure just as a hi-point is a poor mans glock

bcrich
09-09-2010, 2:48 PM
The only thing I could agree with you is that they are 3x cheaper but they look nothing alike. Im a poor man with an sks and an M1

paul0660
09-09-2010, 2:49 PM
sure just as a hi-point is a poor mans glock

Silly post of the week.

dieselpower
09-09-2010, 2:50 PM
sks = mini14

civilsnake
09-09-2010, 2:53 PM
In ballistics they're not comparable. 30-06 is MUCH more powerful. I don't think they look all that similar, personally, unless you count "both have wood furniture" as similar, in which case an SKS looks a lot like a hunting rifle.

C.W.M.V.
09-09-2010, 2:54 PM
SKS is a great gun, I prefer it to the garand

maddoggie13
09-09-2010, 2:55 PM
sure just as a hi-point is a poor mans glock

LOL...funny.

ZX-10R
09-09-2010, 2:56 PM
I'd take an M1 any day...However, it would be better to own both.

SJgunguy24
09-09-2010, 2:59 PM
Since both weapon looks and operates very similar and SKS costs 3x less than M1 and cheaper to shoot too.

IMO no, the Mini 14 is closer to the M1.

wash
09-09-2010, 3:00 PM
A good M1 Garand is accurate, powerful and reliable.

A good SKS is reliable.

It's more of a rich man's AK or a poor man's Mini 30.

There is nothing wrong with a good SKS, you just can't really compare a main battle rifle with a rifle that fires a rainbow trajectory intermediate cartridge...

bballwizard05
09-09-2010, 3:04 PM
I'll take an SKS over a mini 30. SKS accuracy is grossly underestimated. Idk about poor mans anything, it is a proven battle rifle that is less expensive. It is my rifle of choice until I can afford an M1A.

sevensix2x51
09-09-2010, 3:14 PM
the minis are very reliable, and employ detachable mags. So my legally owned 20 and 30's are put to good use. ;) plus the action is designed directly based on the m1.
I haven't fired my new cugir yet, its been 10 years since I shot an sks. But it looks like its gonna be a great rifle also. But im not selling my m1's anytime soon.

mls343
09-09-2010, 3:29 PM
Two completely different animals - in my opinion.

The M1 garand is a main battle rifle. It shots a full powered cartridge that was designed for longer range targets.

The SKS is an intermediate rifle that shoots, well, and intermediate cartridge designed for close in contact.

Both are great rifles for their designed application, but they should not be lumped in the same catagory just because they are semi-auto rifles.

Again, just my opinion.

wash
09-09-2010, 3:30 PM
Back in the day shooting a really cherry Russian SKS, I was getting 3-4 MOA groups at 100 yards and couldn't hit a 400 yard gong to save my life.

Today I can get out my crusty CAI (Century) Garand and shoot 1.5 MOA groups with Korean surplus non-corrosive 30-06. I haven't tried the 400 yard gong yet but with the flat tragectory and a little more experience at long range, I'm sure that Garand will hit it quite frequently.

Viper49
09-09-2010, 3:31 PM
SKS is a poor man AK47 ;)

PEZHEAD265
09-09-2010, 3:46 PM
A SKS is a CA mans AK

RobT2K
09-09-2010, 3:55 PM
Exactly. M1 is in a different class altogether.

Dreaded Claymore
09-09-2010, 3:57 PM
A SKS is a CA man's AK

This! :p

Mac Attack
09-09-2010, 4:02 PM
I don't see how people who say they own both rifles would take a SKS over a M1. I own both and would not hesitate to choose my M1. There really is no comparison between the two. Like comparing a Timex to a Rolex. Both keep time but one just it with more class.

Reductio
09-09-2010, 4:28 PM
A CMP M1 is this poor man's M1....

23 Blast
09-09-2010, 4:29 PM
SKS = 1976 Pinto
Garand = 1950's Cadillac

they both can take you down the road, but one just does it better, more comfortably, with a lot more power.

I don't have a Garand, but I have it's direct descendant, the M1A, and it's in an entirely different class as the SKS, of which I also own. They're about as dissimilar as two rifles can be; different action types, different caliber, different sighting system, different intended purposes. It's like comparing a Makarov with a 1911.

PhantomII
09-09-2010, 5:26 PM
Gotta wonder if the OP was referring to an M1 carbine or an M1 Garand.

jackliu239
09-09-2010, 8:20 PM
sure just as a hi-point is a poor mans glock

LOL

shotcaller6
09-09-2010, 8:25 PM
I think he was referring to the carbine. Otherwise it is no contest.

rojocorsa
09-09-2010, 8:33 PM
There is really no point in comparing a long arm that shoots 7.62x63 vs one that shoots 7.62x39. I'll say this is not a fair comparison, ergo I'm assuming that the OP is referring to Carbine.

IMO, having an SKS is more practical and cost effective. 7.62x39 is easy to find and you don't have to worry about mags like you would with a Carbine; moreover, being the PRK, unless your mags were grandfathered in, you couldn't enjoy the full potential of the Carbine with its detachable mags.

It's been my experience that 7.62x39 is easier to find that .30 Carb and usually cheaper. I also think that x39 is more effective.

According to Wikipedia, here are some figures for a 123gr 7.62x39 FMJ round:

123 gr (8.0 g) Full Metal Jacket
720 m/s (2,400 ft/s)
2,045 J (1,508 ft·lbf)

VS. 110gr FMJ .30 Carb

110 gr (7.1 g) FMJ
607 m/s (1,990 ft/s)
1,311 J (967 ft·lbf)

For practicality's sake, I would choose an SKS, though I'd much rather have an AK. :cool:

professorhard
09-09-2010, 8:34 PM
Since both weapon looks and operates very similar and SKS costs 3x less than M1 and cheaper to shoot too.

What a retarded and useless thread and post

javalos
09-09-2010, 8:54 PM
SKS is more user friendly and less complex, easier to break down also. But with the U.S. .30 caliber (30.-06), its in a class all in its own.

slomofo
09-09-2010, 9:08 PM
SKS is a smart man's AK.

Mac Attack
09-09-2010, 9:11 PM
If the question was between a M1 Carbine or SKS i would take the SKS. As much as i like my Carbines i realize the round is not effective beyond 100 yards. Sure a Carbine is more versatile but it lacks effective stopping power at distances.

metalliman545
09-09-2010, 9:18 PM
The only thing I could agree with you is that they are 3x cheaper but they look nothing alike. Im a poor man with an sks and an M1

we did this cache search when we first got to iraq and found an iraqi with two SKSs, our LT called up battalion and was like "we have two rifles, roger, 2 M1 Garands over"
i walked up to him and i was like, uh sir, those are called SKS's they are russian.
he was like oh, "um able xray ive just been informed they were SKS's over"
i dont really see it but i guess they could resemble one to someone who doesnt know any better

PhantomII
09-09-2010, 9:21 PM
I think he was referring to the carbine. Otherwise it is no contest.

That's what I was thinkin' too, but most of the replies seemed to be comparing the SKS to a Garand when the two rifles are not even in the same league.

For me, I'd take the SKS over a .30 carbine. I have a wheel gun that chambers the .30 carbine and even with that slow rate of fire, it's not a cheap, or even terribly impressive gun to fire.

Although it IS impressively loud.

MrPlink
09-10-2010, 12:15 AM
There is nothing wrong with a good SKS, you just can't really compare a main battle rifle with a rifle that fires a rainbow trajectory intermediate cartridge...

how many have fallen to said main battle rifle compared to that "rainbow trajectory" cartridge? :cool:

Mssr. Eleganté
09-10-2010, 1:33 AM
...SKS costs 3x less than M1...

With used SKS's running $400 nowadays the OP could be talking about the M1A for all we know. :p

PhantomII
09-10-2010, 5:27 AM
On the other hand, there's also the M1 Abrams.

I'll take one of those instead.

23 Blast
09-10-2010, 8:13 AM
Well, if I could get an M1 Abrams for 3x ~$400, I'd get one! :D

okay, as far as comparing the SKS to the M1 Carbine - eh, that's a slightly better comparison, but in all practicality, intended purpose, and performance, the SKS almost very neatly splits the difference between the Garand and the Carbine. It's sort of a "compromise" rifle that has either the best of both arms, or the worst, depending on your POV.

It's not nearly as powerful, long ranged, or accurate as a Garand, although it is far more so than a typical Carbine. At the same time, it's not nearly as compact, light, and handy as the Carbine, but it's noticeably lighter and handier than a Garand.

All this said, I wouldn't feel uncomfortable or undergunned if I had an SKS as my only gun. Ammo for it is plentiful and cheap, stripper clips can be loaded quicky with practice, and for the ranges at which it's likely to be used, it's accurate enough. While it might be nice to have a 30-06 to reach out to 500 yards and more, combat ranges are typically 50 yards or so. In a shtf situation, the SKS could be your everywhere toting rifle, while the scoped bolt action could be your homestead defence weapon where you can see folks coming from a long way off.

wash
09-10-2010, 9:18 AM
how many have fallen to said main battle rifle compared to that "rainbow trajectory" cartridge? :cool:
I'll bet Garands have killed more than the SKS, it was mostly just a stepping stone for countries that really wanted AK's.

If you want to compare 30-06 to 7.62x39, 7.62x39 would win but probably due more to AK's in Africa than anything else.

The 30-06 was used in two world wars and Korea, mainly by the U.S. The 7.62x39 has been used all over the place by dozens of countries in mostly guerilla wars. Different types of war require different weapons and tactics and 10-12 years of fighting vs. ~60 years of various conflicts makes a big differnce too...

acolytes
09-10-2010, 12:26 PM
A SKS is a CA mans AK

:rofl2: touche!

tlillard23
09-10-2010, 12:47 PM
This thread is full of FAIL!!!

vta
09-10-2010, 12:58 PM
do whatever makes you happy. if you can't afford a honda and a hyundai is good enough, go for it.

Dragunov
09-10-2010, 1:05 PM
sks = mini14SKS.... Better accuracy.

Dragunov
09-10-2010, 1:06 PM
I'll take an SKS over a mini 30. SKS accuracy is grossly underestimated. Idk about poor mans anything, it is a proven battle rifle that is less expensive. It is my rifle of choice until I can afford an M1A.^^^ThisThisThis!!^^^

jackliu239
09-10-2010, 1:25 PM
So from all the replies, I guess this confirms it. M1 in all aspect performs better than SKS, bigger, more powerful, but its also 4x more expensive than SKS. However both rifle have similar features, clip load, hunting rifle style, semi auto etc... So SKS is like a poor man's M1.

professorhard
09-10-2010, 1:31 PM
So from all the replies, I guess this confirms it. M1 in all aspect performs better than SKS, bigger, more powerful, but its also 4x more expensive than SKS. However both rifle have similar features, clip load, hunting rifle style, semi auto etc... So SKS is like a poor man's M1.

Your posts are worthless, stop posting.

Bhobbs
09-10-2010, 1:51 PM
So from all the replies, I guess this confirms it. M1 in all aspect performs better than SKS, bigger, more powerful, but its also 4x more expensive than SKS. However both rifle have similar features, clip load, hunting rifle style, semi auto etc... So SKS is like a poor man's M1.

You can get an M1 from the CMP for $495. Unless you are seeing $100 SKS somewhere and I don't know about it.

How could it be considered a poor mans M1 if it comes nowhere near the performance of the M1?

jackliu239
09-10-2010, 3:20 PM
Your posts are worthless, stop posting.

Internet tough guy, wow, never see that before.

norcal.xd
09-10-2010, 3:21 PM
i though the mini 14 or 30 was the poor mans m1

norcal.xd
09-10-2010, 3:23 PM
oh my poor man glocks (hi points) are doing just fine...:38:

sevensix2x51
09-10-2010, 3:26 PM
i would rather have five loaded hi-points than one loaded glock when shtf.


just throwin that out there.

Mssr. Eleganté
09-10-2010, 3:38 PM
Since both weapon looks and operates very similar and SKS costs 3x less than M1 and cheaper to shoot too.

...M1 in all aspect performs better than SKS, bigger, more powerful, but its also 4x more expensive than SKS....

Do I hear 5x...anyone? 4.5x maybe? Anyone?

jackliu239
09-10-2010, 3:46 PM
10x

Noonanda
09-10-2010, 4:44 PM
So from all the replies, I guess this confirms it. M1 in all aspect performs better than SKS, bigger, more powerful, but its also 4x more expensive than SKS. However both rifle have similar features, clip load, hunting rifle style, semi auto etc... So SKS is like a poor man's M1.

Similar Features? What is similar, that they are both Semi-auto and have a safety?

Clip load? M-1 Garand uses an 8 round enbloc clip, Sks has a 10 round internal magazine.

Hunting rifle Style??????? Both were designed to kill humans, so unless you are a Hunter of Gunmen or HOG as snipers are called, nope not a "hunting rifle". Can it be used, yes. Was it designed for hunting No

Your post has EPIC FAIL written in the title. I own both and I like both, but other than the fact they are Semi-auto and both have iron sights they are not even close to similar.

professorhard
09-10-2010, 4:50 PM
Internet tough guy, wow, never see that before.

Nope, not a tough guy. Just not retarded.

rojocorsa
09-10-2010, 5:25 PM
Wait, OP, were you talking about Carbines or Garands this entire time?


I just want to make sense of the thread.

sevensix2x51
09-10-2010, 5:30 PM
garand. the bigger, more power comment sealed it for me.

Noonanda
09-10-2010, 5:35 PM
Even if he is talking about an M-1 Carbine and an SKS still not similar.

SKS 10rd internal mag, semi-auto, iron sights with a u notch rear sight, front sight is adjustable for windage and elevation, rear sight only elevation adjustable
7.62x39 ammo 124 Gr FMJ with a MV of approx 2350 FPS

M-1 Carbine 15 rd Detachable magazine, Semi-auto, iron sights with a Peep rear sight, most adjustable for windage and elevation (if its an arsenal rebuild)
7.62x33 (.30 Carbine) ammo 110 Gr RNFMJ with a MV of approx 1900 FPS

So still not comparable other than the fact that they are Semi-auto and have a safety LOL

New2guns
09-10-2010, 8:34 PM
Since both weapon looks and operates very similar and SKS costs 3x less than M1 and cheaper to shoot too.

I am new to guns. The SKS is the most comfortable rifle I have for plinking. It is dead on at least 200 yards. Of course mine is brand new and only has about 80 rounds down range It is a bit on the heavy side like the M1 Garand but it just isn't an M1 Garand. My Garand has I don't know how many rounds through it but at least 1000 and the barrel is perfect still. I have put 100 or so rounds through it and it's everything I hoped for and more. The SKS I just got a couple weeks ago at Big5 (where the M1 Garand came from) I wish I had bought more. It is an awesome shooting carbine and the ammo is 1 fifth that of the Garand.

Now my M1 Carbine is also a new rifle with about 150 rounds down range Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine averaging about one jam every two mags. Korean mags are made better than American made and mine came with a Korean mag and I had to rework ten "Made In USA" mags (they're junk).
There is little to compare between the SKS M59/66 and M1 Carbine other than the diameter of the bullet. Travel light , small and easy with the M1 Carbine. The SKS and MY Garand are for very healthy shooters.
One other note is the .30 Cal Carbine ammo is just as expensive as the .30-06

Al LaVodka
09-11-2010, 5:33 AM
SKS is indeed closer to a poor-man's Garand in many respects. The removeable mag issue is what makes it separable from M-1A's.

I bought an SKS when they and (ugh) AK-47's (semis) flooded the US from CHina. For $200 OTD I had a very decent brand new rifle with a few accesories and a 1,200 round case of factory-fresh ammo. I thought at the time "China has become the arsenal of democracy -- how sad."

Then the Demomcrats stopped it.

Al

metalliman545
09-11-2010, 5:44 AM
Internet tough guy, wow, never see that before.

obvious troll is obvious

Noonanda
09-11-2010, 7:04 AM
SKS is indeed closer to a poor-man's Garand in many respects. The removeable mag issue is what makes it separable from M-1A's.

I bought an SKS when they and (ugh) AK-47's (semis) flooded the US from CHina. For $200 OTD I had a very decent brand new rifle with a few accesories and a 1,200 round case of factory-fresh ammo. I thought at the time "China has become the arsenal of democracy -- how sad."

Then the Demomcrats stopped it.

Al

Al I gotta disagree with you on the fact that the rounds alone are so much different
The SKS is firing a 124Gr bullet at approx 2350 and is an intermediate cartridge

The M-1 Garand is firing a 152Gr bullet at approx 2800 and is Full power cartridge

hnoppenberger
09-11-2010, 10:27 AM
rack grade m1's run about 500 bucks from CMP. ive seen SKS go for 400.

common- really. if you're already spending 400, spend 20% more to get the better rifle if you really are "poor". I'd suggest both if you are interested that much in either, however.

Ksmash01
09-11-2010, 11:01 AM
The SKS is a great rifle. The M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine are also great rifles.

Glocks, are great pistols. S&W revolvers and 1911's are also great pistols.

870's are great shotguns. AA12's and Citori's are also great shotguns.


There really isn't anything similar between ANY of these firearms, other than the fact that

1) they are firearms

2) by being firearms, they go bang.

Just like my Mazda 6 is nothing like a Mercedes 6 series, other than the both have "6's" in their names, and they are cars.

So we have our classic bad comparison. Not bashing SKS's at all, but they don't belong in the same sentence as M1's of any type, unless you're talking about the one's you own.....

Still, we don't have to resort to name calling due to an inapt comparison.

sevensix2x51
09-11-2010, 11:06 AM
does GCA still report their membership directly to cmp? i need to get in on some of that ammo.. with a c&r, GCA and my id, i should be good to go, right?

Rob454
09-11-2010, 2:16 PM
Similar Features?

Hunting rifle Style??????? .

I think what he means is at first look the rifles APPEAR similar due to basically 3/4 to full length wood stocks

As the hunting style rifle Im sure he means the profile of the rifle is more like a hunting rifle than say a AK or AR series profile.

I have a SKS and a M14.. While laid side by side they look somewhat similar at first glance there are differences. As for the SKS being a poor mans whatever ive had my SKS confused by people who thought it was a M1 or a M1A. not everyone is a gun nut. Lots of people dont know the difference in guns so they use the acronym of whatever rifle they may of known about or maybe someone they know has one that looks similar.

I LOVE my SKS more than my M14 if you really wanna know the truth. The SKS is a lot more fun to shoot IMO

CSACANNONEER
09-11-2010, 2:37 PM
So from all the replies, I guess this confirms it. M1 in all aspect performs better than SKS, bigger, more powerful, but its also 4x more expensive than SKS. However both rifle have similar features, clip load, hunting rifle style, semi auto etc... So SKS is like a poor man's M1.

If you say so. I've seen a M1 priced at $600 right next to Russian SKS with a price tag of $650. But, you do realize that you are comparing two totally different guns and trying justify your opinion that they are similar. Using your logic, one can claim that lemons are the poor mans avacados. Or maybe, that a 10-22 is a poor mans M14. Hell, even a gopher can be a poorman's cow! Hey, this is fun. How about a few frat brothers and a keg of beer is a poorman's pressure washer?

jackliu239
09-11-2010, 3:26 PM
Nope, not a tough guy. Just not retarded.

I was going to tell you to **** off, but then I read this.

So today I was installing a Daniel Defense LPK into a Spikes Tactical AR lower receiver for my new build. Somehow when I was putting the MIAD on the pistol grip screw cross-threaded and completely f'ed up the hole that it goes into. I really wasn't even using much force but managed to really mess it up.

I tried to thread it back right but it just wouldn't work. This is where the bad things happened. I absolutely lost it.

The receiver was on an action block held firmly in place. I grabbed a large wrench and smashed off the buffer tube receiver loop. Then I punched a hole in the wall of my garage, smashed the lower some more with a wrench before taking it out into my side yard and smashing it to pieces with a sledge hammer. All the while yellig and cursing some extremely foul language. I grabbed all the pieces and threw them into the pond in my backyard but still felt pissed off beyond belief so I just started running until I came back to sanity.

I think I might have an anger problem or something and I really scared myself when I realized how out of control I was. In total I probably destroyed $300 worth of stuff for pretty much no reason. I just felt white hot anger and almost like I blacked out and lost all control. The last time I ever felt like this was when I was taking steroids years ago.

I'm ashamed of myself and my lack of self control. I don't know what to do to make myself feel better. Any help from fellow CNGers would be much appreciated

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=314951


I think its genetic my friend, you need to take pills or you will get heart attack sooner or later.

Now have something constructed to say or stfu

jackliu239
09-11-2010, 3:31 PM
For the record, I was talking about the one fires 30-06. All the ones I see was 1000+ easily, now if anyone know where to purchase one for ~400 like you claims, please let me know.

ledman
09-11-2010, 3:34 PM
Depends what you want to hunt...are we talking coyotes...wild Boar...deer...Elephants? lol...The SKS would be a good hunting rifle IMO...it was designed to kill enemy soldiers in war, so I am sure it would do just fine for hunting small to medium game!

professorhard
09-11-2010, 3:38 PM
I was going to tell you to **** off, but then I read this.



http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=314951


I think its genetic my friend, you need to take pills or you will get heart attack sooner or later.

Now have something constructed to say or stfu

lol classic thread, but I dont like pills especially benzos. much more epic than this thread...
:troll:

Mssr. Eleganté
09-11-2010, 3:42 PM
For the record, I was talking about the one fires 30-06. All the ones I see was 1000+ easily, now if anyone know where to purchase one for ~400 like you claims, please let me know.

The lowest claim was for $495. It's actually $495 plus $22.95 overnight shipping for a Springfield or HRA field grade M1...

http://www.thecmp.org/m1garand.htm

CSACANNONEER
09-11-2010, 4:09 PM
For the record, I was talking about the one fires 30-06. All the ones I see was 1000+ easily, now if anyone know where to purchase one for ~400 like you claims, please let me know.

Hell, I'd jump on a $400 M1 too. But, occassionally, you can find a shooter for $600ish. Since you are still trying to justify comparing a 30-06 to an intermediate round, why not compare a Moped to a Gold Wing? Or, a 2" pocket knife to a machette? Why can't you understand that an SKS and a M! are two totally different rifles?

6172crew
09-11-2010, 5:58 PM
lol classic thread, but I dont like pills especially benzos. much more epic than this thread...
:troll:

I'm only going to say this once. Use the ignore button or knock it off.

That goes for both the OP and you for trolling this thread.

Beetle Bailey
09-11-2010, 6:37 PM
Back in the bad old days (2000 to 2005) if a California resident wanted to buy a semi-auto centerfire rifle for SHTF, he or she had very few choices. No one wanted the hunting BAR or that Remington (742?). You could get the Mini-14 or Mini-30, M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, SKS, or the M1A. If you really wanted to beat the bushes, you could find an FN-49, Hakim, SVT-40, etc.

Back then, a Rack Grade M1 Garand was about $400 and a Service Grade was $500. You could get a woodless Danish return M1 for about $325. IIRC an M1A started at about $1300 or so. SKS could be had for under $200 all day long so if you couldn't get an M1 Garand or M1A you could pick up an SKS for about half the price of a Garand. So an SKS was, in those dark days, a poor man's Cali-legal semi-auto Zombie rifle. Of all the choices, it was by far the most affordable and back then, you could get 1000 rounds of ammo for $75 easy. I think a stripperclip was about $0.15 or so.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done, thank god things have gotten better for California gunowners in the last five years. :)

Today we have a lot more choices when we walk into a gunshop and can be a little more discerning when we shop for a rifle, but there was a time when the question didn't sound quite so silly.

Rob454
09-11-2010, 10:04 PM
Depends what you want to hunt...are we talking coyotes...wild Boar...deer...Elephants? lol...The SKS would be a good hunting rifle IMO...it was designed to kill enemy soldiers in war, so I am sure it would do just fine for hunting small to medium game!

Hell i saw a special where in Africa these poachers were killing elephants with AK-47s. only took a couple of shots to do it too. One of the "hunters" had a hidden camera

zenmastar
09-12-2010, 6:50 AM
I'd say the SKS and the Garand are incomparable, if your M1 reference is not the carbine.

The SKS is probably the ultimate CA plinkering rifle. No mods off the shelf needed, and the ammo is relatively cheap. Does a good job at <= 200 yards, but not so good past that.

For those with regular capacity magazines, the Saiga is probably better as a plinkering rifle. However, for those that are limited to the 10 round magazines, the SKS stripper clips are better.

23 Blast
09-12-2010, 8:48 AM
I guess you could say an SKS is a poor man's Garand the same way you could say a Dodge Neon is a poor man's Corvette. To a non-car guy like myself who is not into all the minutiae of how and why these two cars are as completely different as, as - well, an SKS and an M1 Garand - the comparison sort of makes sense, in the same way a Pico Rivera apartment is a poor man's Beverly Hills mansion.