The SKS is a Soviet 7.62x39mm caliber semi-automatic carbine, designed in 1945 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. The Soviets rather quickly phased the SKS carbine out of first-line service, replacing it with the AK-47. It remains a ceremonial arm today.
It was widely exported and produced by the former Eastern Bloc nations, as well as China. In common with some other Soviet-era designs, the SKS trades some accuracy for ruggedness, reliability, ease of maintenance, and ease of use. The SKS is a simple design that is highly effective and rugged..
- Weight: 3.85 kg (empty)
- Calibre: .7.62x39mm (same round as AK47)
- Capacity: 10 rounds (Tallinn version shown is fitted with a 30 round AK47 magazine)