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Old November 27, 2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Shortening barrel

What would happen if I shortened the barrel on my sks? I realize there would be a loss of velocity, but how would the function be affected?
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Old November 27, 2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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How short? Too short and you're going to have cycling issues.
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Old November 27, 2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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Down to about 3 inches in front of the gas port. I would need enough room to remount the front sight.
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Old November 27, 2009, 05:14 PM   #4
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On further investigation, to retain the front sight, I would have to have the barrel turned on a lathe. More work than it's worth.
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Old November 28, 2009, 01:37 AM   #5
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Norinco made carbines for a while, they may have deleted the bayonets, I don't recall.



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Old November 28, 2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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The SKS only starts out with a 20" barrel, so you only have 4" to play with before the gentlemen of the BATF would like to talk to you. But if you really mess it up, a replacement barrel should be $50 or less, so it's not too risky a game.
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Old November 28, 2009, 12:18 PM   #7
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IIRC Norinco sold them as "Cowboy Carbines". 16" and very compact.
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Old November 28, 2009, 01:10 PM   #8
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Maybe the way to go would be to just buy a shorter barrel.
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