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SureShot241
03-04-2012, 10:45 AM
Yesterday, I finally shot my Russian SKS that I was restoring!(http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=519247) When I purchased it, it looked horrible in the configuration that it was in.

So after I got everything I needed for it, I finally took it out to the range! It was a blast! Hands down, it is my favorite firearm now. The recoil of it was very soft compared to an AK, and it was shooting pretty accurately. I was shooting at steel plates about 200 yards away, and I hit them around 15-20 times out of 40 rounds. I was not concerned about sighting in the rifle this time out, I just wanted to shoot the thing.

One thing that raised a red flag was when I pulled the trigger once, and it fired 2 rounds. I know what the issue comes from and I will be buying a spring operated firing pin for it.

Overall, I am very happy with the rifle. It is a great gun and I am happy that I was able to make it what it is today.

Here are some photos:

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/Rbfska124/e0322993.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/Rbfska124/6103a4ea.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/Rbfska124/15e345a8.jpg

Below.Zero
03-04-2012, 10:48 AM
Good to hear, and great job on saving her.... turned out very nice!!

paul0660
03-04-2012, 10:49 AM
Good job!

SureShot241
03-04-2012, 11:35 AM
Good to hear, and great job on saving her.... turned out very nice!!

Thanks! I tried lol

FourLoko
03-04-2012, 7:08 PM
Angeles!

I need to shoot one. Considering buying one.

Spirit 1
03-04-2012, 8:35 PM
Very nice job, a gun to be proud of for sure! They're just great to shoot and a cheap date to boot.

Arson
03-04-2012, 9:44 PM
I've put a few thousand rds through mine, I noticed something funny when I squeezed the trigger on the 8th rd, and on the 9th squeeze it was empty. Did some research and found about slam firing. It only happened once. Still my top favorite to shoot.

jmpgnr24k
03-04-2012, 9:55 PM
Nice rifle. You'll find your SKS to be one of your most reliable rifles. It'll shoot just about any ammo. Doesn't care if it's dirty or whatever. As long as the bullet is live, it'll shoot it.
It's not a tack driver but will always fire when you pull the trigger. I definite SHTF go to.

GSequoia
03-05-2012, 1:31 PM
One thing that raised a red flag was when I pulled the trigger once, and it fired 2 rounds. I know what the issue comes from and I will be buying a spring operated firing pin for it.

Detail clean the whole thing but pay particular attention to the firing pin channel in the bolt. Clean it out thoroughly then dry it, don't allow any lube to hang out there.

While you don't need a firing pin spring they are a bit comforting, especially if you use soft primers. A clean bolt and pin with milspec hard primers should not slamfire but it will leave indentations in primers from the pin hitting. I ran a springer pin for about 50 rounds until a few crappy Wolf Mil. Classic primers backfired in the the bolt face and took out the spring.

Johnnyfres
03-05-2012, 2:23 PM
Nice job on the restore. Pull the bolt out and you should here it rattle when you shake it. The pin should slide freely. I pulled mine all the way out last week, good thing I did cause rust was starting creep up on the firing ping.

Check out the link below for more info on spring firing pins.

http://www.murraysguns.com/sksown.htm

BayouBullets
03-05-2012, 4:18 PM
Repeat after me. MINERAL SPIRITS, MINERAL SPIRITS, MINERAL SPIRITS. :D
SERIOUSLY, the first thing you should always do with any SKS is clean it thoroughly included running some mineral spirits through the firing pin area. Many people soak them. I've personally found that dipping a cloth and squeezing a few big drops so gravity runs the liquid through is often enough if you repeat the process a few times. When the liquid comes out the other side clean, the pin should easily move with gravity- no momentum(shaking) needed. If not, clean it some more.

Socalman
03-05-2012, 4:26 PM
Nice looking rifle. Great job!

NorCalK9.com
03-05-2012, 4:53 PM
Very nice bud

smog7
03-05-2012, 5:53 PM
nice looking sks

alfred1222
03-05-2012, 6:02 PM
i love the SKS, it is a blast to shoot! you did a good job restoring it

SureShot241
03-06-2012, 3:55 PM
Nice job on the restore. Pull the bolt out and you should here it rattle when you shake it. The pin should slide freely. I pulled mine all the way out last week, good thing I did cause rust was starting creep up on the firing ping.

Check out the link below for more info on spring firing pins.

http://www.murraysguns.com/sksown.htm

Nice looking rifle. Great job!

nice looking sks

i love the SKS, it is a blast to shoot! you did a good job restoring it

Haha thank you guys.

And I already cleaned the firing pin area with Hoppes and pipe cleaners. I could probably have made sure it was cleaner but there was plenty of wiggle. I was also shooting soft primer ammunition at the range.

GSequoia
03-06-2012, 5:29 PM
There you go. I wouldn't shoot soft primers without a firing pin spring. The SKS firing pin puts a good dent in the primers of the second round, moreso than the floating firing pin on ARs.