Early this morning, I was looking over my referral logs and I ran across a referral from a google search that peaked my interest. I can’t remember the exact search string now (the listing has dropped of my logs and I didn’t think to save it at the time)…anyway, the search was regarding “fully automatic SKS.” I know he didn’t get what he was looking for on my blog but I was wondering what kind of hits he got.
The vast majority of hits were on forums and involved someone asking “how do I make an SKS fire full auto” and the other forum members saying…basically…”you don’t.”
But I did run across this blog post. It’s a crime blog and the post was about the arrest of a couple of suspects…one who reportedly was in possession of an “SKS machine gun.”
Well, I was going to post a comment informing the author that the SKS was never a “machine gun” but I realized that a couple of people had beat me to it. There was then some back and forth regarding whether it could have been an SKS illegally modified for automatic fire, culminating in this piece of…um…wisdom:
You most definately convert a SKS to full auto there are several ways but the most easy is a popsicle stick or anything 3/32 of an inch thick between the sear disconnector and the reset,also magazines up to 60 rounds are made for the sks,so they very well could have had a machine gun.
I immediately posted a lengthy and quite technical response to the comment, but apparently moderation is turned on and either the reply didn’t live up to the standards of the blogger, or it just hasn’t been reviewed yet; either way, I wanted to get this out there right away because this is a common piece of misinformation promulgated by the Brady Bunch and their unwitting accomplice – the Great North American Mall Ninja.
It is NOT possible to make an SKS (or any other semi-automatic rifle) into a fully automatic weapon in such a simplistic way.
Generally, these ridiculous “simple tricks” will, at the most, cause the weapon to malfunction and slam fire. This is extremely dangerous.
In this specific case, with the SKS, one of the functions of the disconnector is to ensure that the bolt is fully closed and locked before the hammer will fall. Monkeying with the disconnector of an SKS in the manner described would defeat that safety mechanism and the weapon WILL fire “out of battery”. That means that cartridge goes off before the casing is completely enclosed in the chamber. Can you say “kaboom?” Sure you can.
Basically, if all of the protuberances and soft mushy tissues of your face are currently arranged in a manner satisfactory to you, don’t try this because if you do, those features may be dramatically and suddenly rearranged.
And, for all your trouble, hospital visits and interviews with the ATF, you STILL won’t make the SKS fire as a full auto because there is another feature of the mechanism that would prevent it.
Anyway, my point is:
1. Contrary to what the Brady’s and Mall Ninjas insist, there is no “simple” method of converting a semi-auto into a full auto…at least not one that would actually work and not explode on you.
2. The method the commenter on that post authoritatively states will work on an SKS most decidedly will not. He was talking out his butt so don’t bother trying. Even if you don’t blow your face off, you still won’t have a full auto.
This concludes our broadcast day…goodnight.