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Old May 5, 2021, 09:35 PM   #1
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Norinco SKS repair

I've recently purchased a Norinco SKS that has been very clearly assembled from a handful of different parts sources. Tapco stock, homebrew reduced capacity magazine assembly, mismatched wooden handguard, badly fitted replacement dust cover, and so on and so forth.

At this point it appears to be functional save for the magazine system. After removing the magazine assembly in a failed attempt to install a duckbill magazine, I discovered that the magazine it came with would no longer lock the bolt open when empty. My knowledge of the platform is limited, but this seems to be a result of poor home gun smithing on behalf of the previous owner.

At this point I'm at a loss for where to go next. Does anyone have suggestions on sorting out the magazine? Neither the cut down factory style not aftermarket duckbill will function. I can't even seat the duckbill mag.
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Old May 6, 2021, 12:19 AM   #2
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The original magazine is the best. The tip of the follower pushes up the hold open latch.


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Old May 6, 2021, 05:57 AM   #3
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I was told that the original magazine (at least it's the same as the OEM style design) was cut down to 5 rounds by a previous owned. Not pinned or blocked, actually cut apart and shortened. It does not seat properly now, so I will be replacing it with something. Would my best bet likely be to find another factory magazine to swap it for?
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Old May 6, 2021, 06:10 AM   #4
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Trash the Tapco & the duckbill. Put it back in a wood stock with a factory mag. Not sure how or why someone would reduce the capacity on the original mag.

A few pics would be nice to see what you're working with.
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Old May 6, 2021, 03:00 PM   #5
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If you can find one, the metal 10-round mags are best. Problem is, a lot of people took them off and trashed them, so they may be hard to locate.
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Old May 6, 2021, 03:37 PM   #6
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Stocks & original mags can be found on Ebay among other places.
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Old May 7, 2021, 06:19 PM   #7
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Does it still have a hold open latch? There should be a little rectangular piece (if I remember correctly) that can manually be slid upwards to hold the bolt in the rearward position.

I noticed SKS parts were already getting a little sparse even before Coronavirus. If you can't find a wood stock, a jungle (fiberglass) stock should fit too. And if you really can't find any original stock, I think ProMag makes an SKS stock that doesn't look as bad as the Tapco. The only critique I remember about it is a longer length of pull.
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Old May 9, 2021, 07:55 AM   #8
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SKS parts are also getting expensive. Chinese parts even more so. A factory 10 rounder was about $40 before Covid. Then I was offered an SKS to buy, that had lots of missing parts, but even with the parts it would have been a $300 - 350 gun, and I couldn't get it cheap enough to justify buying the parts and finishing it up.
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Old May 12, 2021, 10:44 AM   #9
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I've used the promag stock years ago. Made that short little SKS much more usable for me, I'm tall and lanky, SKS just don't fit folks like me. The promag stock really helped.
Stripper clips and the original 10 rounder are the way to go. My buddy was a fan of the 30 rounders. I made him a gentlemen's wager of who could dump 30 rounds the fastest.
My SKS never jams using a 10 rounder, with 2 strippers ready to go, no contest, not even close 1 jam would have been enough, since his jammed twice I could have taken a short nap and still "won" he is a stubborn cuss.

IMHO the only way to improve an SKS is to improve the fit, they are what they are.
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