Whether you are a hunter, survivalist, collector of rifles or other kind of gun enthusiast a good rifle to acquire is an SKS.
An SKS is a historical rifle that uses the 7.62 X 39 bullet that usually has a wooden stock and usually a bayonet. Some people can confuse them with an ak47 because they use the same round and have similar four grips. They are inexpensive compared to the AK, but have greater range and accuracy.
The first thing you will want to do when deciding how to customize it is take a hard look at the rifle. If you have a Russian rifle you may not want to customize it, especially if it has an early production year, or has all matching numbers on its bolt, and magazine. You do not want to customize these rifles because they are rare, more valuable in their original state, and they will not accept external magazines as well as Chinese Norinco SKS’s. If you have a YUGO SKS you make have a little trouble with the magazines, but they are not highly valued so you can take a file to them and get an external magazines to fit beautifully.
If you have decided to customize your SKS, start with the magazine. You can get external magazines online or at your local sporting store. But before you can put them in you will need to remove your internal magazine, so make sure your gun is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction. If at anytime you are uncomfortable or feel as if you are not in total control stop what you are doing and take it to a gun smith. Safety is very important. If you are ready to proceed turn it over and look at the back of the trigger group. You will see a small button behind the trigger that can be pressed by a screw driver. Press it in and pull out your trigger assembly. This will also release the barrel from the stock should you wish to change stocks or other parts of the rifle. Now that everything is loose, simply lift out the internal magazine and place it to the side. Now reassemble the rifle and push it back to gather until the button clicks in place and the rifle is back together except for the Magazine. Now simply put in your external magazine where the internal one used to be and you have changed your rifle to interchangeable magazines.
You will have many choices in magazines, but a personal preference is metal magazines. They will last longer in storage, and won’t be so susceptible to hot and cold differences. Polymer magazines are also good, as they weigh less and sometimes cost less. They also will not rust and can be very strong.
Remember if at any time you feel insecure or unsafe, do not proceed, instead take it to a gunsmith in order to sake your rifle and keep everyone around you safe.