I did the bolt modification on mine. The Tapco mags can be put in with bolt open or closed now. Simple modification. Took me about 10 minutes with a dremel and grinding wheel. Let me know if you are interested. I'll send you the link.Hi:
I have 2 Tapco 20 rnd mags and have been very happy with them.You
need to open the bolt when you put the mag in the rifle.I bought a Chinese
sks with a wood stock that came with a 30 rnd steel mag and it was much
more thinner than a Tapco mag.The steel mag wobled all around the Tapco
fit great.I would not pay more than the list price for one 20.00.Look here for
a fair price it looks like the have black,flat earth,OD green.
It is my understanding from spending too much time on the SKS Boards, that the mag well for the standard SKS is too small to take AK mags. There are systems either available or in development that will allow for the use of "different" mags without the duckbills. But, they have not yet met with much aplomb or acceptance.I love my two SKS's but I realized when I bought them that they're not AK's and I've never tried to make them into one. Now, I understand personal preference and tricking out a firearm "just because" sometimes but the one thing I probably wouldnt jack with on the SKS is the magazine. Change the stocks, sights, add a muzzle brake/flash hider, optic and whatever else but the current detachable mags for it are clumsy and hard to change. I wanted higher capacity and managed to find one of the Chinese fixed 20 rounders for my full sized one. The compact "paratrooper" still has the original mag.
Now if someone could come up with something that allowed it to take standard AK mags I might be interested but that would involve lots of machining. IMO, if the rifle is more of a toy then a serious go to weapon, then play away and hang whatever you want to on it and have fun. If an SKS is your SHTF rifle, stick with the factory mag and get good with stripper clips.
Are any of these mags considered pre-ban? If yes, how do you tell?Yes, they do get alot for those detachable SKS mags but I never purchased any direct from them. I bought all of mine, 5 round, 20 round and 30 round on internet auction sites and didn't pay over $15.00 for any one of them.
OH, btw, they are built tank tough and function flawlessly
I used to have one of these and it never worked right! Maybe I got a lemon.Look for a fixed 20 round Chinese mag. They work flawlessly. Load from two strippers and have 20 rounds at your disposal with out a crazy long mag hanging out the bottom like with the duckbill mags.
I looked at a ton of different mags and even the sks d/m configuration and I still like the 20 round fixed best.