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, 1945. 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 firearm today.


Weapon type:Semi-automatic rifle
Weight:3.85 kg
Calibre & cartridge:7.62×39mm
Capacity:10 rounds
Effective range:400 m
Designer:Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov
Number produced:15.000.000
Action:Short stroke gas piston, tilting bolt, self-loading
In service:1945-present
Muzzle velocity:735 m/s