View Full Version : Shortening barrel

November 27, 2009, 02:57 PM
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?

November 27, 2009, 03:58 PM
How short? Too short and you're going to have cycling issues.

November 27, 2009, 05:00 PM
Down to about 3 inches in front of the gas port. I would need enough room to remount the front sight.

November 27, 2009, 05:14 PM
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.

November 28, 2009, 01:37 AM
Norinco made carbines for a while, they may have deleted the bayonets, I don't recall.


November 28, 2009, 09:34 AM
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.

November 28, 2009, 12:18 PM
IIRC Norinco sold them as "Cowboy Carbines". 16" and very compact.

November 28, 2009, 01:10 PM
Maybe the way to go would be to just buy a shorter barrel.