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SKS Rifle
Country of origin

Soviet Union


Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov

Production began


Weapon type





Short stroke gas piston, tilting bolt, self-loading

Overall length

1021 millimeters

Barrel length

521 millimeters

Weight empty

3.85 kg

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10-round internal box magazine, 10-round stripper clip-fed or individual round loading

Cyclic rate


Maximum effective range

400 meters

Muzzle velocity

735 meters per second

The SKS is a Soviet 7.62x39mm caliber semi-automatic carbine, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. SKS is an acronym for Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova (Russian: Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова), 1945 (Self-loading Carbine, Simonov's system, 1945), or SKS 45.

It is fed by a 10-round internal box magazine, and can be loaded with individual rounds or by 10-round stripper clips.

Modern modifications, produced for the US civil market have a detachable box magazine, plastic pistol grip and handguard, and plastic telescopic stock.

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