SKS rifle

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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 Chinese SKS has a stamped receiver and a spike bayonet (aka a "pig sticker") much like one of their AK-47 copies - the Type 56 assault rifle. This version, 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
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, civil version of SKS - 7.62x39mm
Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS with a synthetic Tapco stock - 7.62x39mm
Heavy customized Simonov SKS bullpup 7.62x39mm

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 to have original Russian Type 45 Carbines is not historically implausible. The Soviet Union supplied ComBloc weapons in every hemisphere where there was a Marxist/communist presence.

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Specifications

(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)
  • Capacity: 10 rounds
  • 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:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Nightingale the Robber (Solovey-Razboynik) Igor Jijikine Agent N7 Heavy customized 2012
Machine Gun Preacher Ikagene Mogotusi Sniper 2011
Home (Dom) Vladimir Epifantsev Pashka Shamanov OP-SKS hunting carbine 2011
Home (Dom) Ivan Dobronravov Andrey Shamanov OP-SKS hunting carbine 2011
Home (Dom) Sergey Garmash Viktor Shamanov OP-SKS hunting carbine 2011
71: Into the Fire Student soldiers 2010
71: Into the Fire North Korean soldiers 2010
The Debt Extras East German Border Guards 2010
The Debt Sam Worthington Young David 2010
Hooked 2. Next Level (Na Igre 2. Novyy Uroven) Sergey Chirkov Vampire Heavy customized 2010
Hooked 2. Next Level (Na Igre 2. Novyy Uroven) Pavel Priluchnyy Doc Heavy customized 2010
Brothers Taliban militants 2009
Hooked (Na Igre) Sergey Chirkov Vampire Heavy customized 2009
Hooked (Na Igre) Pavel Priluchnyy Doc Heavy customized 2009
Tropic Thunder Flying Dragon rebels 2008
Rescue Dawn Laotian militia leader Type 56 carbine 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
We Were Soldiers NVA soldiers 2002
No Man's Land Serbian and Bosnian Yugoslavian M59/66 variant 2001
Rules of Engagement NVA soldiers 2000
Three Kings Shia rebel 1999
Savior Militiamen 1998
Blues Brothers 2000 Militiamen With synthetic stock 1998
American Beauty Inside Frank's gun cabinet 1998
The Peacemaker Russian soldier 1997
Red Corner Chinese PAP officer Type 56 carbine 1997
Dead Presidents NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1995
Open Fire A terrorist 1994
Flight of the Intruder NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1991
Born on the Fourth of July NVA soldiers Type 56 carbine 1990
RoboCop 3 Resistance fighter 1990
Toy Soldiers Colombian soldier 1990
The Iron Triangle Vietcong fighters 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
Uncommon Valor NVA soldiers 1983
Octopussy Soviet guards 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
The Green Berets Mounted on a display board 1968
The War Game . Soviet soldier 1965
The Spy Who came in from the Cold East German Border guards 1965
Maksim Perepelitsa Soviet soldiers 1955

Television

Title/Episode Actor Character Note Date
The War Game East German soldiers . 1965
Doctor Who / "Inferno" John Levene Platoon Under Leader John Benton . 1970
Doctor Who / "Inferno" David Simeon Pvt. Latimer . 1970
Doctor Who / "Inferno" . Republican Security Forces . 1970
M*A*S*H (TV Series) - The Best of Enemies (S9E01) Mako North Korean soldier Chinese Type 56 11-17-1980
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 / "200th Hour" (S1E03) Indonesian rebel Norinco SKS Paratrooper, thumbhole stock, detachable mag 2006
The Unit / "In Loco Parentis" (S2E20) Chechen terrorists 2007
Situation Critical / "Downed Pilot" (S01E05) Serb Soldiers M59/66 2007
Iris - Season 1 Seung Hyun Choi Vick Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock 2009
Iris - Season 1 Tae-hee Kim Choi Seung-hee Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock 2009
Iris - Season 1 IRIS snipers Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock 2009
Missing (2012) / "Rain on the Evil and on the Good" (S1E10) Russian soldier Russian Simonov Type 45 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Project Reality With & without bayonet 2005
Insurgency 2007
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain With inaccurate 50-round magazine and automatic fire 2004
Vietcong 2003
Conflict: Vietnam SKS 2004
Jagged Alliance 2 1999
Silent Storm: Sentinels With & without scope 2004
Battlefield: Vietnam 2004
7.62 High Calibre various models w/ various attachments 2008
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
Vietcong 2 2005
Karma Online 2011
Project Reality: Vietnam 2012
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action SKS w/ bayonet and grenade launcher 2012

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