CAVU45, on 25 May 2011 - 08:11 AM, said:
Chinese weapons have been banned from import for quite some time.
The Chinese models are available in Canada and the quality is horrible. I spoke to some dealers who said they don't even buy them. Apparently the Chinese 7.62x39 ammunition is crap too. Haven't seen it personally
hotlead, on 25 May 2011 - 11:17 AM, said:
You'd be better off with a Russian or Yugo SKS in it's original configuration for what you want, you'll also want to practice with it as it is, and when you get real effective you can start looking for ways to make it work better for you.
I've got a Russian SKS and before I bought it I thought about doing the same thing, custom stock, accessories etc. After I got it I decided against doing any modifications with maybe exception to a butt stock extension (haven't decided yet). I want to get more comfortable with the rifle built the way it was meant to be, get a good feel for the action before I go changing things.
Mrknot, on 25 May 2011 - 01:51 PM, said:
for the D in good condition, you're probably looking at spending $375-400, used.
Add on the crappy Tapco stock, ($80-120ish), and you are pushing $500.
I purchased my Russian built 1952 rifle for $200CDN + 13% sales tax, all of the other models are pretty much considered inferior to the Russian one and are sometimes seen in the $175 range, again in Canada. I have seen the rifle on a major retailers site (Cabela's) for $300.
A SKS with a custom stock usually goes for about $500. Accessories typically seem to be more expensive up here.