An SKS for a Lefty

One of the moderators at Canadiangunnutz modified a SKS for a friend of his who suffered a stroke and can no longer use his right hand to cycle the bolt or dis/engage the safety.

I worked on the scope mount. Easy enough to level the mount with the receiver, a few hours in the shop drilling and tapping; step 1 completed. 



Second, I needed to modify the safety lever, because with one hand on the pistol grip and the other hand not worth much, the safety would have to be operated with the index.


I used a fine cut-off disk, removed the cocking handle, and went to my welder’s shop again. Back at home, there was a lot of grinding and sanding and polishing involved. The end result isn’t perfect, but it’ll work! I blued the part, figuring that it may somewhat hide from you a bit of the aesthetic imperfection…



The full discussion at Canadiangunnutz is here.

Thanks to Michael for the tip.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Pete Sheppard

    A true friend! Instead of shrugging and feeling sorry, he found a way to help!

  • 1leggeddog

    Hey thats the tip i sent to TFB! you guys actually did a story!


    A true friend is one to who you out to continue living the life you had no matter what!

  • The Swede

    I see alotta older dudes using a kind of support

    but attached/hooked at the belt/hip and using the sling attachtmen on the underside of the front

    could be useful for a one armed shooter.

    also those wacky free rifle stocks with hooks under the armpit for added balance

  • VolkCNC

    I hope the cocking handle was pinned as well as welded. Hate to take that thing to the face if the welds let go.

  • Vhyrus

    I bought a safety like that for my SKS over 10 years ago. He didn’t need to make one. The cocking handle is a novel modification though.