Ruger Mini gets a pass, SU16, Fightlites Saiga and bastardized compliant AR47s are out...the reasoning is that they're substantially similar to the AR platform. Here's a clip of the legislation to "clarify" what I mean...JeeperCreeper wrote: ↑Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:51 amSorry if I missed something earlier in the thread as I just skimmed...
...My thoughts on the SKS and other compliant guns:
-If you go SKS, chrome bore is nice because you don't know who owned it before you and if they cleaned it after popular-in-the-80's corrosive ammo. If you get an un-chrome Yugo with a good bore, it won't matter as most cheap ammo is non-corrosive now-a-days. However, if you are trying to send 20,000 rounds downrange, you may burnout your barrel faster without chrome as most x39 ammo have bimetal jacketed bullets which are tougher on rifling. Or at least I'm told.
-My rankings on SKS from best to worst are Norinco, Russian, Yugo, anything else weird. All are good, but I'm biased towards the Norincos.
-I'd pay $400 for a Yugo SKS in today's market in my unrestricted state if I were looking for one. Maybe $450-500 if it were perfect. Sadly they ain't cheap no more... but if you want one, they aren't making them anymore. A hundred bucks is worth you happiness if you really want one and can't find another anywhere.
-You can always buy a bubba version that someone ruined for cheap and bring it back
-The SKS is much less heavy and bulky than the Garand. I love Garands, but the ergos are weird and they are pigs.
-Competitors: KelTec SU16, Ruger Mini, those Fightlites that were mentioned above, Saiga sporters, or a basatardized compliant AR47. If you wanted 7.62x39, then your only real option is an SKS for the price. If you want 5.56, then the options are better. If you want a bigger caliber, I'd look for a Saiga and get your pocketbook (my shop has a .308 Saiga for $800 for comparison and that's a great price)
"A weapon is a Copy or Duplicate and is therefore a prohibited Assault weapon if it meets one or both of the following tests and is 1) a semiautomatic rifle or handgun that was manufactured or subsequently configured with an ability to accept a detachable magazine, or 2) a semiautomatic shotgun.
Similarity Test: A weapon is a Copy or Duplicate if its internal functional components are substantially similar in construction and configuration to those of an Enumerated Weapon. Under this test, a weapon is a Copy or Duplicate, for example, if the operating system and firing mechanism of the weapon are based on or otherwise substantially similar to one of the Enumerated Weapons.
Interchangeability Test: A weapon is a Copy or Duplicate if it has a receiver that is the same as or interchangeable with the receiver of an Enumerated Weapon. A receiver will be treated as the same as or interchangeable with the receiver on an Enumerated Weapon if it includes or accepts two or more operating components that are the same as or interchangeable with those of an Enumerated Weapon. Such operating components may include, but are not limited to: 1) the trigger assembly; 2) the bolt carrier or bolt carrier group; 3) the charging handle; 4) the extractor or extractor assembly; or 5) the magazine port.
If a weapon meets one of the above tests, it is a Copy or Duplicate (and therefore a prohibited Assault weapon), even if it is marketed as “state compliant” or “Massachusetts compliant.”
I appreciate your take on the SKS. If I had one, I'd never plan on firing anything corrosive out of it, especially when non-corrosive ammo is so prevalent. (I do keep my firearms as clean as possible, though.) A chrome bore would be great to have, as it would reduce maintenance somewhat...but the lack of one is not a deal breaker for me. Nothing else I own is chrome-bored, so no need to obsess, right?
Has anyone with a Yugo had issues with the gas cutoff switch? Or is that a non-issue as long as everything is kept clean?