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Old 04-24-2016, 17:22   #1
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Cutting Sks barrel

I like the shorter para trooper Sks , how hard would it be to chop the barrel on a standard Sks?
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:49   #2
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Cutting down a barrel takes time and money. It might require some resources to make happen, but I think possible.

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precision vise with a vee to ensure a 90 degree cut to the bore, find a crowning tool and a sharp hacksaw blade. Clamp the barrel into the precision vise, use the side of the vise to guide the cut and start sawing. You can crown by hand. But the SKS advantage over the AK IMO is the longer barrel. By far more accurate than my WASR.
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Depending on what part of the south you're in, the Chinese para should still be plentiful and affordable.
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I am in north Alabama been looking for a para trooper for awhile since I sold my last one.
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Close to Anniston here........maybe keep an eye in the Buy Sell Bulliten and other circulars?
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Most, but not all, SKSs have chrome-lined barrels. Yugoslavian and (I think) Albanian models do not. There may be others. Generally, cutting a chrome-lined barrel runs a risk of chipping the chrome. However, it is generally held that the Chinese did exactly that to make the "Cowboy" or "Paratrooper" short barreled SKS models.

Cutting the barrel is simple: mark it and cut it with a new hacksaw blade. If you're smart, you'll make the cut a bit over 16 inches, just in case you screw up and have to trim a little. Some folks use multiple wraps of tape to help guide the saw blade, others use hose clamps or cut a groove with a pipe cutter.
Square up the muzzle end with a file and machinist's square. This is time consuming, but necessary.
Crowning can be done in multiple ways, but I would use an abrasive method instead of a cutting method, due to the chrome lining.

Remounting the front sight is the tricky part. Getting everything trimmed to size, the post exactly squared up, and the pin notch cut will take some very careful measuring and file work.
I would move the front sight to its new location first, then cut the barrel only after I had shot it enough to be sure my front sight was going to be useful. Worst case, you have to move your front sight base a bit; better to do that while you still have the whole barrel to play with.
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