SKS Soviet SKS Semi C.7.62X39

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The SKS is a Soviet semi-automatic carbine chambered for the 7.62×39mm round, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Its complete designation, SKS-45, is an initialism for Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945 (RussianСамозарядный карабин системы Симонова, 1945; Self-loading Carbine of (the) Simonov system, 1945). The SKS is an extremely reliable, simply constructed weapon with two unique distinguishing characteristics: a permanently attached folding bayonet, and a hinged non-detachable magazine. However, it is incapable of fully automatic fire and limited by its ten round magazine capacity, and was rendered obsolete by the introduction of the AK-47 in the 1950s. The SKS was only briefly a standard infantry weapon in front-line units of the Soviet Armed Forces before being replaced by the AK-47.

The SKS was manufactured at Tula Arsenal from 1945 to 1958, and at the Izhevsk Arsenal from 1953 to 1954, resulting in a total Soviet production of about 2.7 million carbines. Throughout the Cold War, millions of SKS family carbines were also manufactured under license in the People’s Republic of ChinaBangladesh,[5] Yugoslavia and a number of countries friendly to the Soviet bloc. The SKS remains popular on the civilian market as a hunting and marksmanship arm in many countries, including the United States and Canada.

Type Semi-automatic carbine
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1945–present
Used by See Users
Wars See Conflicts
Production history
Designer Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov
Designed 1944
No. built 15,000,000+[1]
Variants Chinese Type 56; Yugoslav PAP; Romanian M56 SKS; Albanian SKS; East German Karabiner-S; (North) Vietnamese Type 1 SKS; North Korean Type 63 SKS
Specifications
Mass 3.85 kg (8.5 lb)[2]
Length 1,020 mm (40 in),[2]
M59/66: 1,120 mm (44 in)
Barrel length 520 mm (20 in),[2]
M59/66: 558.8 mm (22.00 in)

Cartridge 7.62×39mm M43[2]
Action Short stroke gas piston, tilting bolt, self-loading
Rate of fire semi-automatic 35–40 (rd/min)[2]
Muzzle velocity 735 m/s (2,411 ft/s)[2]
Effective firing range 400 metres (440 yd)[2]
Feed system 10 round stripper clip,[2] internal box magazine.
Sights Hooded post front sight, tangent notch rear sight graduated from 100 to 1,000 meters.[2]
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