Now technically, I did not buy a gun today. I received it some time last month, and I am still in the process of paying it off. I was able to do this because I bought it from a gunnie who knew I wanted a semi-auto rifle and was kind enough to let me pay for it in installments.
Still, this is my newest addition: a Norinco SKS. For the non-gunnies, that means it is a rifle of Russian design (the AK-47 replaced it), but this model was produced in China. Technically that makes it a Type 56 and not a true SKS but blah blah woof woof. The fact remains that it's a Commie gun designed be used by illiterate peasant conscripts in harsh weather conditions, so I can't possibly break it by accident.
|Per Wikipedia: "The SKS is a Soviet semi-automatic rifle chambered for the 7.62x39mm round, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Its complete designation, SKS-45, is an initialism for Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945 (Russian: Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова, 1945; Self-loading Carbine of (the) Simonov system, 1945), or SKS 45. In the early 1950s, the Soviets took the SKS carbine out of front-line service and replaced it with the AK-47; however, the SKS remained in second-line service for decades. It is still used as a ceremonial arm today."|
I was also able to get 100 rounds for it for less than an arm and a leg, thanks to judicious use of Gunbot. I have yet to shoot it, but now that I finally have the gun un-cosmolined and plenty of ammo, I am going to take it to my local range as soon as the weather cooperates. I have no idea if this weapon has ever been fired in battle, but looking at its stock it's clearly seen some kind of use -- but perhaps it's just been banged around the barracks and occasionally taken to the range.
Right now, the only change I have made to it is the addition of a limbsaver pad over the metal skullcrusher buttplate. I do plan to add a bayonet to it, because A) bayonets are AWESOME, and B) the SKS originally came with one. I am trying to resist the urge to tart it up, mainly because 922r compliance is expensive and annoying.
I have yet to name it, mainly because I'm not sure if I should give it a Russian or Chinese name. If you are inclined to make a suggestion, please feel free so to do, but kindly keep in mind that I firmly believe all firearms are boys*, so male names only, please.
* They are phallic, simple to operate, and go "bang" when you push their button. Knives, however, are female: they are subtle, require more skill to use, and will cut you if you mishandle them.