I have to say, that the SKS is one surplus rifle that I personally have never owned, I have a few friends that own one, but it’s one rifle that for one reason, or another, I just passed by. But that doesn’t mean the SKS isn’t any good, several people that own them swear by them.
So, all of the info that I’ll give you regarding this rifle is going to be purely academic and afterwards you can make your own decision if you want to buy one, or not.
#1. Why is the SKS so cheap? The SKS has an odd place in the civilian world, too. Because China produced so many — and exported so many — the carbine has become a cheap, popular hunting and sporting weapon in the West.