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Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the Russian SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm. The Russian SKS has a milled receiver and a blade bayonet. The rifles were issued with hardwood or laminated stocks. This example has a hardwood stock.
Chinese Type 56 Carbine aka the Chinese SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm. The early Chinese SKS is very similar to the Russian SKS-45, with a milled trigger group, blade bayonet, and long lug threaded barrel. Later Chinese Type 56s have a stamped sheet metal trigger group, short lug threaded or pressed and pinned barrel and a spike bayonet (aka a "pig sticker") much like one of their AK-47 copies - the Type 56 assault rifle. The later versions, like many imported SKS rifles, have the infamous 'orange cratewood' stocks, probably the lowest quality wood in any mass produced rifle, save for the last ditch Arisaka Type 99 rifles at the end of WW2. Many SKS rifles during the Vietnam War were issued with reddish plastic stocks, because of the incidents of 'wood rot' in the humid SE Asian jungles.
Chinese SKS Paratrooper Sporter with thumbhole stock and 10-round magazine - 7.62x39mm
Chinese SKS Paratrooper Sporter with thumbhole stock and 10-round magazine - 7.62x39mm
Yugoslavian SKS M59/66 rifle with blade bayonet and grenade launcher attached to barrel, the variant most seen during the Balkan Wars - 7.62x39mm. The Yugoslavian M59 is nearly identical to the Russian SKS, it is the M59/66 which has the grenade launcher attachment at the end of the barrel.
Norinco SKS-D - 7.62x39mm
Chinese SKS-63 with a 20-inch barrel - 7.62x39mm
Russian hunting carbine OP-SKS, civilian version of SKS - 7.62x39mm
Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS with aftermarket Tapco Intrafuse Stock System furniture - 7.62x39mm
Chinese SKS with aftermarket Tapco Intrafuse Stock System furniture - 7.62x39mm
Custom Simonov SKS bullpup - 7.62x39mm

The SKS (Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova, Self-loading Carbine of (the) Simonov system) rifle is a Soviet semi-automatic rifle designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. It was a widely exported weapon, with many foreign copies including the Chinese Type 56 Carbine.

Note: Whereas the Russian SKS rifle can appear in any of the world's battlegrounds, the Chinese SKS should really only appear in places where there was a lot of military aid from the People's Republic of China. Most of the SKS rifles seen in movies about the Vietnam war are Chinese Type 56 carbines, but the presence of original Russian Type 45 Carbines are not historically implausible. The Soviet Union supplied ComBloc weapons in every hemisphere where there was a Marxist/communist presence.



(1945 - Present)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg)
  • Length: 40.2 in (102.1 cm)
  • Barrel length: 20.5 in (52.1 cm)
  • Muzzle velocity: 2,411 ft/s (735 m/s)
  • Capacity: 10-round fixed magazine (detachable AK magazines on the Norinco SKS-D and some other variants)
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The SKS rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Death of Stalin Red Army soldiers 2017
NKVD soldiers
Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron Imperator Furiosa 2015
Tom Hardy Max Rockatansky
Zoe Kravitz Toast
22 Minutes (22 minuty) Somali Pirates 2014
Pawnshop (Lombard) Denis Nikiforov Mark 2013
Nightingale the Robber (Solovey-Razboynik) Igor Jijikine Agent N7 Heavy customized 2012
Quagmire (Kuta) Georgiy Bessonov Andrey OP-SKS 2012
Vladislav Portnyagin Sasha
Nikolay Soldatov Pyotr Osipovich
Machine Gun Preacher Ikagene Mogotusi Sniper 2011
Largo Winch II Burmese freedom fighters 2011
Home (Dom) Vladimir Epifantsev Pashka Shamanov OP-SKS hunting carbine 2011
Ivan Dobronravov Andrey Shamanov
Sergey Garmash Viktor Shamanov
71: Into the Fire Student soldiers 2010
North Korean soldiers
The Debt Extras East German Border Guards 2010
Sam Worthington Young David
Hooked 2. Next Level (Na Igre 2. Novyy Uroven) Sergey Chirkov Vampire Heavy customized 2010
Pavel Priluchnyy Doc
The Golden Mean (Zolotoe sechenie) Royal Cambodian guardian 2010
Brothers Taliban militants 2009
Hooked (Na Igre) Sergey Chirkov Vampire Heavy customized 2009
Pavel Priluchnyy Doc
Tropic Thunder Flying Dragon rebels 2008
Wild Field (Dikoe pole) Bandits 2008
Rescue Dawn Laotian militia leader Type 56 carbine 2007
Tins (Konservy) Aleksey Serebryakov Usoltsev (Solyonyy) OP-SKS 2007
The Condemned Prison guard SKS-D model 2006
The Good Shepherd Soviet soldiers 2006
The Battle of Long Tan Vietcong with underfolding bayonet 2006
Stealth Tajik terrorists 2005
Curse of the Komodo Ted Monte Hanson Norinco SKS Sporter 2004
Sniper 3 Sniper With scope 2004
The Hunted Serbian soldier Yugoslavian M59/66 variant 2003
Tears of the Sun Nigerian rebels and refugees 2003
The Rundown Rosario Dawson Mariana Norinco SKS Sporter 2003
Belly of the Beast Abu Karaf men Norinco Type 56 2003
Detention A terrorist 2003
We Were Soldiers NVA soldiers 2002
No Man's Land Serbian and Bosnian Yugoslavian M59/66 variant 2001
Rules of Engagement NVA soldiers 2000
Arlington Road Hunter Burkes Hutch Parsons without underfolding bayonet 1999
Three Kings Shia rebel 1999
Savior Militiamen 1998
Blues Brothers 2000 Militiamen With synthetic stock 1998
American Beauty Inside Frank's gun cabinet 1998
Composition for Victory Day (Sochinenie ko Dnyu Pobedy) Honor guards 1998
The Peacemaker Russian soldier 1997
Red Corner Chinese PAP officer Type 56 carbine 1997
Ricochet (Rikoshet) A criminal OP-SKS 1997
Deserter (Dezertir) Viktor Demertash Murab Without folding bayonet 1997
Brigands and cult fighters
The Quest Dobbs' men and Turks 1996
Dead Presidents NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1995
Open Fire A terrorist 1994
Robocop 3 A resistance fighter 1993
Toy Soldiers Colombian soldiers 1991
Flight of the Intruder NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1991
The Iron Triangle Vietcong fighters 1989
Born on the Fourth of July NVA soldiers 1989
The Siege of Firebase Gloria Vietcong sniper 1989
Red Heat Soviet soldiers 1988
Rambo III Afghan villagers 1988
Hamburger Hill NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1987
Platoon NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1986
Coordinates of Death (Koordinaty smerti) Viet Cong guerrillas 1985
Year of the Dragon Soldier 1985
The Annihilators Viet Cong fighter Type 56 carbine 1985
Uncommon Valor NVA soldiers 1983
Octopussy Soviet soldiers 1983
Kamal Khan's guards
The Dogs of War Zangaran soldier 1981
In Flight are the Night Witches (V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy') Soviet marines 1981
Coming Home Bruce Dern Bob Hyde minus wood furniture 1978
Coming Home Jon Voight Luke Martin minus wood furniture 1978
And on the Pacific... (I na Tikhom Okeane...) Soviet soldiers 1974
Listen on the Other Side (Daisny tserguudee sonsotsgoo!) Mongolian soldier 1971
The Green Berets Mounted on a display board 1968
Dark of the Sun Jim Brown Sgt. Ruffo 1968
Dark of the Sun Peter Carsten Capt. Henlein 1968
The War Game . Soviet soldier 1965
The Spy Who came in from the Cold East German Border guards 1965
Gloomy Morning (Khmuroe utro) White Army soldiers Heavily anachronistic 1959
Maksim Perepelitsa Soviet soldiers 1955


Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
The War Game East German soldiers . 1965
Heart of Bonivur (Serdtse Bonivura) Soviet guards of honor Seen in documentary footage 1969
Doctor Who John Levene Platoon Under Leader John Benton / "Inferno". 1970
Doctor Who David Simeon Pvt. Latimer / "Inferno" . 1970
Doctor Who . Republican Security Forces ./ "Inferno" 1970
Born by Revolution: The Last Meeting (Rozhdyonnaya revolyutsiey: Poslednyaya vstrecha) Soviet honor guards 1977
M*A*S*H Mako North Korean soldier Chinese Type 56 - The Best of Enemies (S9E01)11-17-1980 1980
Confrontation (Protivostoyanie) Soviet and East German soldiers Documentary footage 1985
Tour of Duty VC and NVA units . 1987-1990
China Beach VC and NVA units . 1988-1991
Lost Evangeline Lilly Kate Austen . 2004-2010
Lost Terry O'Quinn John Locke . 2004-2010
Lost Andrew Divoff Mikhail Bakunin . 2004-2010
The Unit Indonesian rebel Norinco SKS Paratrooper, thumbhole stock, detachable mag / "200th Hour" (S1E03) 2006
The Unit Chechen terrorists/ "In Loco Parentis" (S2E20) 2007
Situation Critical Serb Soldiers M59/66 / "Downed Pilot" (S01E05) 2007
Iris Seung Hyun Choi Vick Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock 2009
Iris Tae-hee Kim Choi Seung-hee Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock 2009
Iris IRIS snipers Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock 2009
Missing Russian soldier Russian Simonov Type 45/ "Rain on the Evil and on the Good" (S1E10) 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Jagged Alliance 2 1999
Vietcong 2003
Battlefield: Vietnam 2004
Project Reality With & without bayonet 2005
Vietcong 2 2005
Elite Warriors Vietnam 2005
The Stalin Subway 2005
Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat 2007
7.62 High Calibre various models w/ various attachments 2008
Karma Online 2011
Battlefield 3 With synthetic black Tapco furniture, detachable 20-round magazine, and optional PKS-07 scope 2011
Battlefield Play4Free With Tapco synthetic furniture, 20-round magazine, and PSO-1 scope 2011
Project Reality: Vietnam 2012
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action SKS w/ bayonet and grenade launcher 2012
Insurgency w/ various attachments Norinco SKS-D short barrel 2014
Survarium Izhmash SKS Paratrooper Sporter 2014
Contract Wars Norinco SKS-D 2014
Squad 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds various sights, muzzle devices and magazines 2017

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