posted on Jul, 22 2006 @ 08:46 PM
Originally posted by xmotex
SKS's are prone to slam-fires, IE bang the weapon or drop it and it can go off.
Not quite. A slamfire is a condition where the free floating firing pin in the SKS sticks in the forward position in the bolt. As the bolt closes on
a live chambered round the already extended firing pin touches off the primer and the weapon fires, it does this slightly out of battery which is
potentially dangerous in and of itself (the bolt is not locked), but the real problem is that the pin can continue to stick in the extended position
and the weapon will go full auto, i.e. machine gun style, until the remainder of the 10 (or more) rounds have been expended.
10 rounds of full auto 7.62x39mm are surprisingly difficult to hang on to, and in the incident I mentioned earlier, the runaway rifle turned itself
through 180 degrees and put the last of the 10 rounds through the face of the shooter's best friend who was standing by him. The outcome was not
favorable for anyone concerned.
This condition is caused by 2 things:
1. A dirty firing pin channel gunked up with shooting residue and/or Cosmoline
2. The design of the Morse Taper in the bolt which encourages the firing pin to stick in the forward position after repeated use.
The SKS is an incredible weapon for $140, and makes a fearsome ally should you ever need to call on it in a sticky situation, but check out that
website I listed above and get the bolt upgrade - it's a must.