This put my SKS project well along in the planning stage. I am attempting a number of things with this project. I have been asked why, indeed, I am trying so hard to build another SKS, which are viewed by some gunnies as, ahem, lesser quality firearms shall we say.
The first reason is that we are coming up on one of those turning of the tides and do not wish to have anything left undone. If I have the parts to build an SKS, then let it be built now. If I have components to put back ammo, then let that too be done before King Barack stays or goes.
The second reason is that this will be something I could not obtain or afford if a found one. A 16.5" Norinco barreled Yugo receiver with a flash suppressor looking something like this that takes AK mags:
The third reason is subversive, and i quote from the aforesaid book:
From The SKS Carbine by Steve Kehaya and Joe Poyer:Yugoslavian SKS CarbineThe first Yugoslavian SKS carbines were imported into the United States by the Mitchell Arms company in 1987. The same year, the first of the flood of Chinese SKS carbines were also imported and sold at a much lower price. It wasn't until 1991 when Congress again amended the 1968 Gun Control Act to allow the importation of obsolete military surplus weapons from the former communist nations of Europe that SKS carbines from other former Communist-Bloc nations were again allowed.SKS carbines of "military origin": were granted "Curio and Relic " status by the BATF whih meant that they could retain their grenade launchers and attached bayonets. In fact, removing the grenade launcher made the carbine illegal, unless you removed all the other "assault weapon" components and cut off the barrel to remove the offending threads -- or welded a muzzle cover over them.Catch 22 is alive and well in American firearms regulations -- if you attach the original bayonet to a Chinese-made SKS you are breaking the law. But remove it from a Yugoslav SKS and you are also breaking the law.
And as you know, the 922 Witch at ATF headquarters cackles, "These things must be done delicately." That book will help tremendously.