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SKS Removable magazine

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by irjustinrambo, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. irjustinrambo

    irjustinrambo Mill Creek Washington New Member

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    I've been interested in modifying my SKS to accept a slightly modified Tapco magazine. I've looked into different options this one seems to be the least invasive. and was wondering if anybody had tried "duck-bill-less" yet. Home - TheSKSmagAdapter
     
  2. kickstart my heart

    kickstart my heart South King County, WA Active Member

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    If you want a dead on reliable sks, don't mess with aftermarket mags. Never had much luck, nor have I know many guys who had reliable ones. Just my opinion. Money would be better spent on an AK.
     
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  3. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    $200-300 SKS + $99 adapter + $20 mags that you have to cut up.

    $400 AK + $10 mags that work out of the box.


    Kind of a no-brainer.
     
  4. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    what about a Norinco SKS-D or -M model, or the pre-ban "Sporter" thats similar to these? factory modified to take AK magazines, seem to be an OK reputation given that these are Commercial exports and meant to be useful; I've read up on them and they seem to be OK, can be picky about magazine type, can be good to go...apparently less QC than the Military surplus versions...
     
  5. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    From my "been there, done that" file:

    Enjoy an SKS for what it is, a stripper fed, 10 shot carbine. You can spend all kinds of money trying to make it something it wasn't designed to be ( AK ), just to be disappointed that it doesn't quite work as well as you hoped it would.
     
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  6. eganx

    eganx Kingston WA Active Member

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    I have had no trouble from my tapco 20rnd mags. I don't think I would do the "duck-bill-less".......seem like a little much. The 20rnd tapco mags work well enough by themselves and I don't think I would want to invest that much into an SKS.
     
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  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I bought a couple of the 'duck bill' mags and they worked perfect.Sent 5 down range and the the other 20 rapid fire to test it.Perfect. Only had to shave a little off inside the well.

    Now with that said,I don't believe that it is legal to just take out the stock mag and use the detachables without making other changes Yes? No?

    Anyway I just decided to trade the sks mags for a couple AR mags and sold the sks thinking of an AK instead.

     
  8. Bulletsrrfriend

    Bulletsrrfriend Longview Member

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    I bought an SKS a couple decades ago and at the time I tried some of the metal 30 round detachable magazines. They would only hold 26 rounds and you had to have Supermans thumbs to get that many in. You could not fire a full magazine without multiple malfunctions. Took them to a gun show and traded them for a fixed 20 round magazine and a handful of stripper clips. Using the stripper clips I can reload faster and put more rounds down range than with the detachable mags and malfunctions caused by them. It is also easier to shoot from the prone position without the 30 rounder hanging down below the rifle.
     
  9. Toxic6

    Toxic6 Higher then a PDX hipster (~10,000 ft higher) Active Member

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    I've had good luck with them - they seem to like metal mags, but I have one that is bubba'd up a little and takes everything from drums to cheap polymer mags. Only think I would change (and may still if I get bored) is modifying or changing the bolt to allow easier mag changes since they lack a bolt hold feature (and the bottom of the bolt pushes back against a fully loaded mag).


    As to the original post - I personally think that is one of the worst ideas to date for these guns. I personally never had any issues using the tapco 20 rounders and can't fathom why someone would chop them up and pay more for it. I had talked to someone about maybe making a sleeved insert to allow ak mag use one time, maybe even make a custom bolt to go with it - they told me the amount of money it would take to set up the manufacturing, etc. would kill any profit. Then someone comes out with this crap....and people buy it apparently lol.
     
  10. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Don't you have to deal with 922r if you start messing with the SKS and put an American mag in it?
     
  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    From what I gathered ,yes.That's why I decided to just go with an AK instead

    Go to Tapco's site,they have all that spelled out. Here ya go

    TAPCO - Section 922r Compliance
     
  12. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have an SKS that I bought a 30 round mag for. But I came up with a bunch of stripper clips and haven't even fitted the long mag into the gun. Doubt if I ever will. The stripper clips make it very quick and easy to load.