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First fact: When the VC were ready to charge a position, they would all flip out their bayonets. It was like a chain reaction or signal that would ripple through the jungle like a wave effect. You know that distinct KER-chunk when you quickly lock the bayonet in the forward position? Imagine the sound of twenty to fifty bayonets getting extended unseen all around you. Mike said that even the toughest Marine would swallow hard when he heard that sound. I wouldn't doubt it for a second as the very thought gives me chills...
While the AK-47 improved on the SKS design, the SKS is still extremely inexpensive to produce (eastern bloc Communist military doctrine inclined towards throwing lots of expendable soldiers and weapons at the enemy, overwhelming with sheer numbers rather than quality) and yet reasonably accurate under battlefield conditions. The SKS is about half as accurate as an M-16, but costs about 1/10 as much to produce. It's still plenty accurate to stop a person (or deer, or mountain lion) at 200 yards (the standard battlefield "zero" distance").