The SKS is a Soviet semi-automatic carbine chambered for the 7.62×39mm round, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Its complete designation, SKS-45, is an initialism for Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, or SKS 45. In the early 1950s, the Soviets took the SKS carbine out of front-line service and replaced it with the AK-47; however, the SKS remained in second-line service for decades. It is still used as a ceremonial arm today. The SKS was widely exported, and was also produced by some former Eastern Bloc nations as well as China, where it was designated the “Type 56”, East Germany as the Karabiner S and in North Korea as the “Type 63”. The SKS is currently popular on the civilian surplus market in many countries, including the United States, Canada and New Zealand. It was one of the first weapons chambered for the 7.62×39mm M43 round, which was also used later in the AK-47.

The SKS has a conventional layout, with a wooden stock and rifle grip. The SKS is a gas-operated weapon that has a spring-loaded bolt carrier and a gas piston rod that work the action via gas pressure pushing against them. Also, it has a “tilting bolt” action locking system. The SKS is shorter and less powerful than the semi-automatic rifles that preceded it, such as the Soviet SVT-40. However, the SKS has a 4-inch longer barrel than AK-series rifles, which replaced it; as a result, it has a slightly higher muzzle velocity.

The SKS’s ten-round box magazine is fed from a stripper clip and rounds stored in the magazine can be removed by depressing a magazine catch located forward of the trigger guard (thus opening the “floor” of the magazine and allowing the rounds to fall out). In typical military use the stripper clips are disposable. If necessary they can be reloaded multiple times and reused.

While early Soviet models had spring-loaded firing pins, most variants of the SKS have a free floating firing pin within the bolt. Because of this design, care must be taken during cleaning (especially after long storage) to ensure that the firing pin does not stick in the forward position within the bolt. SKS firing pins that are stuck in the forward position have been known to cause accidental “slamfires” (uncontrolled automatic fire that empties the magazine, starting when the bolt is released). This behavior is less likely with the hard primer military-spec ammo for which the SKS was designed, but as with any rifle users should properly maintain their firearms. For collectors, slamfires are more likely when the bolt still has remnants of Cosmoline embedded in it. The firing pin is triangular in cross section, and slamfires can also result if the firing pin is inserted upside down.

Almost as soon as the SKS was brought into service, it was made obsolete for Soviet purposes by the new AK-47. However, it found a long second life in the service of the Chinese army, who found it well suited to their own style of warfare, the “People’s War” whose main actors were highly mobile, self-reliant guerrilla bands and rural militias protecting their own villages. In People’s War the emphasis was on long-range sniping, spoiling attacks, and ambushes, and for this the Chinese army preferred its version of the SKS (the Type 56 carbine) to the AK pattern.

Many surplus SKS rifles were disposed of in the 1990s, and photographs and stories exist of SKS rifles used by guerrilla fighters in Bosnia, Somalia and throughout Africa and Southeast Asia during the 1990s and well into the 21st century. Several African, Asian, and Middle Eastern armies still use the SKS

Nations that utilized the SKS but did not receive manufacturing rights included Afghanistan, Congo, Indonesia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, the United Arab Republic (Egypt), and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen.

The SKS is popular on the civilian surplus market, especially in Canada and the United States. Because of their historic and novel nature, Soviet and European SKS carbines are classified by the BATF as “Curio & Relic” items under U.S. law, allowing them to be sold with features that might otherwise be restricted. Chinese manufactured rifles, even the rare early “Sino-Soviet” examples, are not so classified, though the “Sino-Soviet” rifles qualify for automatic Curio & Relic status due to being manufactured over 50 years ago. Because of the massive size of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, over 8 million Chinese SKS rifles were manufactured during their 20 years of use making the Chinese SKS one of the most mass-produced military rifles of all time although still far behind its successor the AK-47.

In Canada, the large flux of imported SKS rifles has driven prices down to around $200–$300 per Russian SKS. The Chinese Norinco SKS can be bought for slightly less. As with most military surplus rifles, they are coated in cosmoline for the preservation of the firearm while under storage for decades at a time. Along with a large supply of bulk 7.62 x 39 surplus ammunition, SKS rifles have become a popular firearm for civilian ownership.

In Australia, the Chinese SKS rifle (along with the Soviet SKS rifle) was very popular with recreational hunters and target shooters during the 1980s and early 1990s before semi-automatic rifles were restricted from legal ownership in 1996. Since the introduction of the 1996 gun restrictions in Australia, the Mosin-Nagant series of bolt-action rifles and carbines have now filled the void created when the SKS was restricted from legal ownership.

In the early 1990s, the Chinese SKS rapidly became the “poor man’s deer rifle” in some Southern areas of the United States due to its low price, lower even than such old favorites in that role as the Marlin 336. Importation of the Chinese SKS into the U.S.A. was banned in 1994.

Legal issues

The carbine’s integral 10-round magazine is not an issue in those states and nations which prohibit higher-capacity magazines, except Canada, and New Zealand. In the case for Canada, the SKS is classified as a non-restricted firearm and the magazine must be pinned to five rounds or the rifles must be retrofitted with five-shot magazines, while New Zealand’s arm code states that an A class center fire, self-loading rifle must have no more than seven rounds in the magazine (this only applies to guns on an a-cat licence, those on an e-cat have no magazine limit). Where higher capacity magazines are legally permitted, there are a number of secondary market vendors that sell higher capacity magazines of up to 30 rounds (or more). These secondary market magazines may be installed by first removing the fixed OEM magazine (a process that involves the removal of the trigger group assembly with a pin punch, screwdriver, bullet-tip, or similar device). However, although the 7.62x39mm round is generally compared to the American Winchester .30-30, many states have laws against hunting rifles with magazines of more than five rounds. Magazine plugs limiting the magazine to five rounds must be used for hunting in these states.



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Gun-Zilla ! .

Was downtown the other day looking for ammo when i decided to take a break , so i sat down on a bench lit up a smoke and tried to figure out my next move . Seated five feet away were two Somalian women who were bitching and moaning about how bad life was since arriving in Canada .
I could’nt help but ask how long they had been here ,two months was the answer , I asked why they came here in the first place , to escape the violence and bloodshed they answered .
I asked if they had a place to stay , yes the Government had supplied them with a place to stay and had given them food and bus passes so they could have transportation .
I asked in the two months you have been here has anybody shot at you ? the answer was no .
In the two months you have been here have you heard any gunshots ? again the answer was no .
Have you been the victim of any violence since you have been here ? same answer .. no .
So i politely told them that they had absolutely no reason to bitch and complain about the country that had taken them in and perhaps they could show a little gratitude , and if they don’t like it here then they could turn around and get the @#$& out of Canada and return to the shithole they came from .
I then got up and walked away.
It bothers me that we have a homeless problem in my country but instead of helping our own people the Government chooses to help ungratefull shit heels like the two i met .

While i usually do not have any cause to write about knive’s , i was given a new toy for my birthday and i felt compelled to say something about it .

Ever since i was old enough to have my first jack-knife i have carried a knife of some sort or another and i have had them all, from the cheap Japanese
knock-off’s that last a week to some very nice example’s of Damascus steel , but i never considered writing about any of them .
The Vicious little beast that now ride’s on my right hip is basically a folding scalpel, in the insruction’s it say’s ; for slicing, slitting, and gutting .

( i like it when they bring out the nasty word’s ) , i thought to
myself … i could shave with this thing , further on in the instruction’s it say’s ; do not use to shave with .Oh Well i guess you can’t have everything .
This new toy i speak of is made in the good old U.S.A by HAVALON it came with a bunch of replacement blades a not to bad case that has decent sized belt slots, and the warranty paper’s .
On the third day of my proud new ownership the little bastard bit me without warning or provocation ( i swear it ) I can now tell you from personal experience that Havalon has got the slicing part down to a Fine science .
Out of a scense of self preservation i have made pact with the knife,

I promised to take it fishing , it promised not to bite me anymore .

All in all a pretty nice gift for an old monster with a shotgun .

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Gun-Zilla! .

Some of you were wondering about hunting with handguns in Canada and what is allowed as far as magazine capacity is concerned , here is what i found .

New Brunswick Fish and Wildlife Act

No ban found on the use of handguns in hunting.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hunting Synopsis

No ban found on the use of handguns in hunting.

Nova Scotia Hunting Synopsis

During the general seasons for hunting deer, moose, and bear, holders of appropriate licences may use: • a rifle and ammunition of .23 calibre or greater; • a shotgun of 28, 20, 16, 12 or 10 gauge, using a single projectile; • a muzzle loaded firearm of .45 calibre or greater; or • a bow with a draw weight of 50 pounds or greater within the draw length of the archer when hunting moose and 40 pounds or greater within the draw length of the archer when hunting big game other than moose; and any arrow fitted with a broadhead. (Handguns specifically omitted).

Prince Edward Island Wildlife Act

No ban found on the use of handguns in hunting.

Ontario Hunting Synopsis

Firearms include rifles, shotguns, air or pellet guns, bows and crossbows. You may use semi-automatic or repeating firearms for hunting in Ontario, but not handguns or fully automatic firearms. Air and pellet pistols with a muzzle velocity less than 500 feet per second may be used for hunting in Ontario.

Manitoba Wildlife Act

Except as may be otherwise permitted by this Act or the regulations, no person shall capture, kill or take or attempt to capture, kill or take a wild animal, other than a fur bearing animal, an amphibian or a reptile, by means other than a rifle, shotgun, cross bow or bow and arrow. (Handguns specifically omitted)

BC Hunting Synopsis

It is illegal to hunt with a handgun in BC.


It is unlawful to

set out, use or employ any of the following items for the purpose of hunting any wildlife:

A pistol or revolver.


No ban found on the use of handguns in hunting.

Quebec Hunting Synopsis

“…. “firearms” means rifles, shotguns and muzzle-loading firearms authorized, according to the species”.


It is unlawful to hunt big game with a

Pistol or a revolver.

Northwest Territories

No ban found on the use of handguns in hunting.


Unable to find current regulations.

Six out of ten provinces ban the possibility of hunting with a handgun as well as one of the three Territories. (I am assuming that Nunavut does not have any restrictions written into their hunting regulations ) .

It is also possible that there is something in the provinces that I have listed (Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, PEI and Saskatchewan) as having no specific restrictions against using a handgun for hunting purposes that I missed.

It would be interesting to hear the rationale that the other seven provinces and the Yukon have for singling out handguns as not acceptable for hunting. In some cases it might be just ignorance, where instead of using the term ‘firearms’ they speak to specifics, such as rifles and shotguns. But if you say that you can only hunt with a rifle or a shotgun, you have eliminated the possibility of using a handgun simply by default.

1. Magazines designed or manufactured for both rimfire calibre rifles and handguns

Magazines designed to contain rimfire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a rifle do not have a regulated capacity. However, magazines designed to contain rimfire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic handgun are limited to 10 cartridges. Magazines designed or manufactured for use in both rifles and semiautomatic handguns are subject to the handgun limit of 10 cartridges.

Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 rifle and 15-22P pistol chambered for 22LR caliber:
the 10 round magazine is unregulated
the 25 round magazine is a prohibited device

Example 2*: The Ruger BX-25 magazine, chambered for 22 LR calibre, is designed and manufactured for use in the Ruger SR22 rifle, the 10/22 family of rifles/carbines and the 22 Charger handgun. As a result, this magazine is a prohibited device unless modified so its capacity is 10 cartridges or less. (*This information was not included in the original version of this bulletin, but was added on 2013-09-05.)

2. Magazines designed or manufactured for both centrefire calibre rifles and handguns

Magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic rifle are limited to five cartridges. However, magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic handgun are limited to 10 cartridges. Magazines designed or manufactured for use in both semiautomatic rifles and semiautomatic handguns are subject to the limit of five cartridges.

Hi-Point rifle and handgun chambered for 9mm Luger caliber:
magazine capacities over five rounds are prohibited.

3. Magazines designed or manufactured for both centrefire calibre semiautomatic rifles and other (non-semiautomatic) rifles

Magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic rifle are limited to five cartridges. However, magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a rifle other than a semiautomatic or automatic rifle, do not have a regulated capacity. Magazines that are designed or manufactured for use in both semiautomatic rifles and other (non-semiautomatic) rifles are subject to the semiautomatic rifle limit of five cartridges.

Remington model 7615 pump action rifle chambered for 223 Remington caliber:
the 10 round magazine is prohibited
the five round magazine is unregulated

4. Magazines designed for one firearm but used in a different firearm

The maximum permitted capacity of a magazine is determined by the kind of firearm it is designed or manufactured for use in and not the kind of firearm it might actually be used in. As a consequence, the maximum permitted capacity remains the same regardless of which firearm it might be used in.

The Marlin model 45 (Camp Carbine) rifle chambered for 45 Auto caliber uses magazines designed and manufactured for the Colt 1911 handgun, therefore the seven round and eight round capacities are permitted. A similar example is the 10 round capacity magazine for the Rock River Arms LAR-15 pistol, regardless of the kind of firearm it is actually used in.

5. Magazines for semiautomatic handguns which contain more than ten (10) rounds of a different calibre

Magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic handgun, are limited to 10 cartridges. The capacity is measured by the kind of cartridge the magazine was designed to contain. In some cases the magazine will be capable of containing more than 10 rounds of a different caliber; however that is not relevant in the determination of the maximum permitted capacity.

Heckler and Koch P7 pistol chambered for 9mm Luger caliber:
The magazine designed for the 40 S&W calibre variant of the pistol will hold 13 cartridges of 9mm Luger calibre and function in the 9mm Luger calibre P7 pistol. This is permissible as the maximum permitted capacity of the 40 S&W calibre magazine must be measured by the number of 40 S&W calibre cartridges it is capable of holding, which is 10 such cartridges in the case of the HK P7 pistol magazine.

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Gun-Zilla ! .



Well here i am , finally back in so called civilisation and i use the term

loosely , as you may or may not know i have had the luxury of spending the better part of the year in the country, or wilderness if you like that term better.

Now that i am back and have internet access again i will continue to bring you articles and info about guns , I will continue to make fun of idiot politicians ,

and i will continue to question authoroty and speak my mind as you all should.

I may only be a simple monster with a shotgun but it seems to me that we need to make changes .

Stay tuned !

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From The Desk of

Gun-Zilla !

Greetings ! it has been awhile since i last spoke to any of you .

I have had the luxury of being away for some time, basically off the grid and

i have to tell you it has been quite enjoyable i did not have to deal with people

or traffic or bad news or inlaws or outlaws … yes sir it has been quite enjoyable ! .

Today is my first day back in so-called civilisation and the first thing i notice is all the damn noise of the city … o.k. i think i can deal with it not a problem !after all i only have to be in town for one week , then i made a mistake i picked up a newspaper and after one minute i can see that the only good news in my world is that Canada won gold medals in Olympic hockey, thank God for small favors ! .

Unfortunatly the rest of the news sucks , lucky for me that i only have to put up with it for one more week.

I may only be a simple monster with a shot-gun but it seems to me that some things never change .

( Opinions )

From the desk of

Gun-Zilla !

O.K. let me get this straight , we have a ball club that has been around since forever and all of a sudden they became racist’s because of thier name ? .

I don’t recall anybody complaining before , so why the big panic now ? .

I personally know quite a few native’s and in all our year’s of conversation

not one of them ever said they were offended by the name Redskin’s .

It’s for the same reason that i am not offended when they call me Whitey ,

because after all is said and done it’s just a name .

So to all of you who are involved with all this complaining i have three step’s for you to follow ,

* Stop crying .

* Put down the dough-nut’s .

* Get back to work .


from the desk of

Gun-Zilla ! .

Despite America’s Military might , despite all her technology , despite all the early warning system’s in place and the countless million’s that have been spent on defense ….. the White House has been taken over and not a single shot was fired .

This was definately an inside job ! perpetrated by the most insidious creature on the planet ….. the President of the United State’s of America ! .

This traitorous un-pedigreed scoundrel from Kenya who has somehow managed to hoodwink million’s of American’s into thinking that he actually cared about them , has done nothing but betray the American public and the constitution which they hold so dear .

President Obama in his infinate stupidity has appointed his personal band of maurauding Muslim’s to take over America by placing them in key area’s of government .

I have for you a list of the vile bandit’s for your consideration .

* Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development
for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

* Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser

* Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC)
Organization of the Islamic Conference

* Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser
founder Muslim Public Affairs Council
and its current executive director

* Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar
Islamic Society of North America

* Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar
Islamic Society of North America

American’s YOU HAVE BEEN INVADED !! . your country fill’s up with stranger’s your White House is now ruled by Muslim’s you have a President who doe’s not give a fat rat’s ass about any of you !!! …. and yet you remain blind to what is happening around you . I beg you , take off the blind-fold’s or before you know it you will not be living in the United State’s of America ,

You will be living in the United State’s of Islam and you will have no choice left but to take back your country by force .


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Accuracy International is a specialist British firearms manufacturer based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England and best known for producing the Accuracy International Arctic Warfare series of precision sniper rifles. The company was established in 1978 by British Olympic shooting gold medallist Malcolm Cooper, MBE (1947–2001), Sarah Cooper, Martin Kay, and the designers of the weapons, Dave Walls and Dave Caig. All were highly skilled international or national target shooters. Accuracy International’s high-accuracy sniper rifles are in use with many military units and police departments around the world.

The Accuracy International rifle system has gained success, due in part to the design considerations put into the overall rifle. The rifles are hand-built. The AWSM (Arctic Warfare Super Magnum) is among the top three record holders for longest confirmed sniper kills .

A I AWSM by pabumus


The inherent accuracy of the rifle is due to the action being bolted with four screws and permanently bonded with epoxy material to an aluminium receiver, to which all major rifle components are in turn attached. As it keeps the action from moving away from zero, the accuracy of the rifle is very high.

The rifle stock design is designed for good ergonomics. The comfort in holding the rifle and the reduced recoil aids accuracy.

The barrel is interchangeable with other calibres; this can be done in the field in about 15 minutes. With the barrel clamped in a barrel vise, the barrel is removed from the action, and another one screwed into the action and tightened in place with a torque wrench.

This sniper rifle can be used for both H.A.L.O insertions and walking deployments of sniper teams .

I may only be a simple monster with a shotgun but i can tell you this , the AWSM is among the finest rifles on this planet and has earned the respect of countless snipers around the world .