New Scorpio SKS-15 Arrives in Canada

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Cheap SKS rifles have always been a thing in Canada. Black Friday saw Cabela’s Canada selling them for $140 USD. With that so far endless seeming supply of rifles, we see more and more people putting time and money into making sharper, better, enhanced versions. New this year will be the SKS-15, a standalone rifle created by merging a modified SKS with a domestically manufactured chassis.

We’ve seen chassis systems before, and I’ve covered them for TFB before, but this latest creation is the first time we’ve seen a new dedicated rifle built on a surplus SKS action. Rather than a quad rail we’ve got a keymod fore-end which encases the piston but leaves the gas block and front sling swivel exposed.

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The key components are the addition of AR-15 butt stock and pistol grip, the full length top rail for optics, and the AR-15 7.62×30 magazine well. Dont expect that to translate into an AR-15 manual of arms though, as you’ll notice that magazine release button is well forward of any shooter’s index finger reach. However it is an ambidextrous release, as you can see the button and lever on the left hand side. The last round bolt hold open is apparently retained in this setup, and of course the main reason to switch to a STANAG pattern magazine in Canada is compatibility with 10 round AR-15 pistol magazines. (Federal legislations limits semi-auto center-fire rifle magazines to 5. Security theater at its finest.)

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Also interesting is that the SKS-15 has had it’s barrel shortened to 18.5″ (the requirement in Canada to avoid being registered with the federal government as an SBR) and threaded for a muzzle device. I’m waiting for clarification on the thread pitch. I would be very surprised if these are the AK 14x1LH pattern, as 90% of the 7.62×39 brakes in this country are 14x1RH thread for the Vz58. It’s possible that we’re using a 1/2 x 28 thread, in which case I worry for the first fool who puts a 5.56 A2 on his new gun.

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I’m curious to see how this rifle fares with ejection considering the wide range of 7.62×39 loads available in Canada. The top rail has been reduced in profile over the ejection port, and the port is large enough that it presents on both sides of the rifle. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it left or right side ejection though: you can’t change that on the SKS, it’s really just going to throw up & out hopefully. I could see an optic’s wind-age or illumination taking minor impact from this depending on placement.

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However the rifle can still be disassembled for cleaning. Not field stripped like your factory model, but with a series of screws the chassis can be disassembled and the piston, bolt and chamber can be accessed. This is really important when shooting corrosive 7.62×39 ammunition, as it doesn’t take much for that to start to damage your rifle.

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While I expect there will be a certain level of grumbling around lipstick and pigs, the fact is that with the Cz858s drying up in Canada, there are limited options for a sub-$1000 black rifle in the very desirable 7.62×39 caliber. Our supply of both corrosive and non-corrosive surplus ammo doesn’t seem to be diminishing, and there’s lots of starter shooters who need something to bridge the gap between that first Sub $200 standard SKS and say an Robinson Arms XCR or full-size Vz58. The SKS-15 addresses that idea directly.

This rifle appears to be a joint production of Canadian company Kodiak Defense and importer North Sylva. MSRP has been set at $850 CAD ($630 USD) and these are expected on gun store shelves in Canada in early 2017.

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Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • Twilight sparkle

    So basically you can buy this for the same amount that bubba thinks his sks is worth down here… Nice

    Interested in just a chassis for the magazine system, seems like it would make an interesting short range dmr

    • It takes a lot of chutzpah to deride Bubba for tacticooling an SKS, and then talk about “short range DMRs” in your next sentence. Kudos.

      • Vitsaus

        Bronies dude.

        • Twilight sparkle
          • iksnilol

            Bestiality got banned last year in Norway, so no can do, buddy πŸ˜‰

          • Dougscamo

            Dang…..that took a while, don’t ya think?….

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, Norwegians are weird like that.

          • Dougscamo

            Never underestimate the political power of sheep herders…..

          • Tassiebush

            That sucks because there’d be a lot of dissapointed animals wondering what they did wrong.

          • iksnilol

            I don’t.

            I don’t even want to comment it. I remember my reaction was “waaait…. hwat? … IT WAS ACTUALLY LEGAL ALL THIS TIME!?” Then proceed to me throwing up.

          • Tassiebush

            My understanding is that laws in Scandinavian countries (probably overgeneralising) were steeped in a secular morality system rather than religious DOGma (pun intended) so basically while people might all overwhelmingly agree that it’s disgusting and unnatural just as people do elsewhere (actually one shouldn’t assume), you had to have an actual reason to ban something so it’s actually only animal welfare laws that would apply. I.e it’s only an offence if it inflicts suffering. I’m pretty sure the basis of the recent ban in Denmark and probably Norway too I’d wager, was based on the likelihood suffering could be occuring undetected rather than the ick factor or public sentiment. Basically the morality system didn’t change but rather the interpretation of the situation did quite rightly change. I might be slightly wrong in some details but I think that’s the general background.

      • Twilight sparkle

        The sks is known for being more accurate than the ak and 7.62 is know for being good at penetrating walls, so yes I mentioned short range DMRs because sometimes you have to take an accurate shot at someone that’s behind cover. That seems like something that would have been pretty useful in Ukraine.

    • Gregory Markle

      Actually the magazine system is exactly where I got turned off. The least dependable part of a 7.62x39mm AR is the magazine because the highly tapered casings do not feed well through the long, straight section of the magazine that is inside the receiver. That problem was the entire reason behind the creation of the CMMG Mk 47 Mutant lower so that you could use AK magazines with the proper curvature to feed reliably while still using AR uppers.

      • Twilight sparkle

        I was thinking that too but I thought it might be a bit better off with lower capacity magazines like 5 or 10 rounders

        • mig1nc

          I’m sure if this were designed for the American or international market, they would have an AK magwell. But for Canada, they do what they gotta do.

          • Twilight sparkle

            Vz58 mags would make sense in Canada

          • mig1nc

            Yes! That’s true. And it would have a bolt hold-open too.

  • Graham2

    A neat solution but why not sell it with a drop back mag catch?

    • Sianmink

      Exactly what I was going to comment on. Why add an AR-style mag catch if you can’t reach it without breaking grip? At least it’s ambi so you can strip with your support hand, but it’s not exactly ideal.

      • Minuteman

        It was made for Hickock45.

  • Anonymoose

    I’m not sure why they would go with a 1/2-28 thread. It’s more likely 5/8-24, as that’s the industry standard for .30cal (including 7.62×39) in North America. If you are going to use 14x1mmLH you should have the front sight detent as used on the AK. Most AK muzzle devices are not designed to be torqued on there and left forever the way AR muzzle devices are.

  • Reef Blastbody

    Neat. Can we purchase the chassis in the US?

    • Jay

      They only sale fully assembled rifles for now.

  • Good to know Tacticlol is also available in Maple Flavor. Woe betide any mooserider who puts anything expensive overhanging that ejection port, though– SKSs will literally put cartridges in the rafters directly overhead.

  • Art out West

    Hopefully president Trump will ditch Bill Clinton’s foolish EO on importing Chinese SKS. Then we’d have new Norinco SKS again for about $150. There is a lot to love about a $150 Norinco (or an $80 one in 1992).

    Also kudos to our Canadian friends for circumventing the stupid 5 round magazine thing.

    • TJbrena

      Why would Trump do anything nice with China? Half his campaign was ragging on them.

      • DIR911911 .

        because they are our bank

      • .45

        Since when does a politician’s campaign have much to do with their actions once they obtain a position of power? As I recall, Trump has already started flip flopping on issues like global warming. His promises mean very little.

    • H&R Canada

      Hasn’t been any new Norinco SKS around here for 10 years. Apparently the Norc factories are too busy with military contracts to do anything.

      • Art out West

        We’ve got Norinco shotguns coming into the country (like the NEF/H&R Pardner Pump I bought a couple years ago). I think the budget Stevens shotguns are Norinco’s also (Chinese for sure, but not sure if Norinco).

    • Cal S.

      More than likely we’ll see Russian arms embargoes end well before Chinese ones.

      Not that I mind. I’m looking to pick up a nice Mosin…when they’re less than $100 again.

      • Art out West

        I agree about ending the Russian arms embargo. I’d like to see cheap Mosin, Saiga, and VEPR again (along with cheap corrosive milsurp 7.62X54R ammo). Some new Makarov’s would be ok as well.
        Still, I think it would be nice to have cheap Norinco SKS and Chinese ammo available again.

        • Cal S.

          I’m not arguing with that!

  • The_Champ

    To each their own, but I’m personally in the leave it original camp. And lipstick on a pig is definitely the wrong analogy because the SKS is a handy and practical little carbine, if not exactly elegant. Certainly no pig 😊

    Any idea on the weight of this thing? Looks heavy.

    • Jay

      I read on Canadian Gunnutz forum that it’s quite a bit lighter than the original. Don’t remember exact weight.

      • The_Champ

        Given how bulky that thing looks i’d be awfully surprised if that were the case. But if they did manage to make it weigh less than a standard SKS, good on them.

  • Audie Bakerson
    • Minuteman

      Aren’t all Russian guns inherently ugly? πŸ˜‰ Our guns on the other hand (1911 and AR-15/M-16) are beauties.

      • iksnilol

        U. wot. m8?

        • Minuteman

          C’mon, you can’t exactly say they’re pretty. Russian guns are ugly as sin πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› Galil, SG 553R and FNC/AK5 look waaaay better. Even the Galil Ace series looks bat ugly. I’ll never buy such monstrosities such as the Tavor/X95. Easthetics matter to me, I’m an AR guy for the most part. I might consider the MDR if after market comes up with a keymod hand guard for it because I dislike M-lok. I prefer keymod as a more industrialized standard and overall better system. I like the looks of the AUGA3 CQC as well, but dislike its safety and lack of mag drop free. The MDR promises to be the end all bull pup though.

          • iksnilol

            Yes, I can. They got nice lines. Galil looks like somebody took AK and bolted on 2×4 instead of handguard.

            Smh, kids nowadays with your cowadooty.

          • Minuteman

            Well, different strokes for different folks πŸ™‚

          • iksnilol

            Different folks such as yourself are simply wrong… sorry.

            /Sarcasm (or is it? OOOOHHH)

          • .45

            Well, a nice AK with polished wooden furniture kind of does something for me, and I know you’ll like this, II also think the Makarov looks pretty spiffy too. My 1911s are pretty cool looking too, and I like WW2 bolt actions with all that wood, which is why I have several… Yeah, wood. Gun. Mount the butt. Heheh. My inner twelve year old is snickering.

      • Raginzerker

        I’ll have to disagree on the ar, never liked them

        • Minuteman

          You have every right of course. What do you like for a rifle? If I had to ditch everything and only keep 1 hand gun and 1 rifle it would be the 1911 and AR-15. Because I’m an American and the 1911 and AR-15 are our guns. I believe in Wilson Combat and Primary Weapons Systems.

          • Raginzerker

            Now I’m not huge on modern AR’s I mean, don’t like the whole tactical fad, but, I guess I’d go with a g3 and a browning hi power

          • Minuteman

            Interesting choice the very least.

          • VieteranGunsmith

            So is your beef with the AR the caliber, or because of the aluminum and polymer furniture? The thing is a modern AR will out perform most 7.62×51 Nato battle rifles regarding accuracy. The 5.56 is more accurate and powerful enough at ranges to 400 meters, but in the right hands can be effective at near 700 meters. I can’t shoot that far with anything, but managed to qualify expert with the A1.

          • Raginzerker

            I don’t like the tacticool guns, I don’t care about what it shoots or what they make it out of, I’m only talking about appearance right now https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3cf80cd09eaea3789ccd67b036c438e0870a9de1affea4a025d1aeb589d05404.jpg

      • Jay

        The PKM is drop dead gorgeous.

        • Minuteman

          I was referring to stuf we can get as civies, but okay, I’ll give you that. The PKM is a very cool looking gun indeed.

  • Mazryonh

    Inb4 “it’s not a real SKS if it doesn’t have an integral folding bayonet or even just a bayonet lug.”

    By the way, the article mentions that the rifle has a “7.62×30” magazine well, which isn’t likely correct. I believe the original intention was to write “7.62x39mm” instead. The complete sentence is “The key components are the addition of AR-15 butt stock and pistol grip, the full length top rail for optics, and the AR-15 7.62Γ—30 magazine well.”

  • ozzallos .

    Looks great if you’re willing to forego any possibility of a high capacity magazine.

  • tsh77769

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE… make a version using regular AK mags for the US. Thank you.

  • Blake

    For those that want an aftermarket SKS stock, this is probably a better option than the Tapco monstrosity.

    However, personally the only one I’d bother with is the SGWorks bullpup stock: http://sgworks.com/

    It doesn’t look like an SKS at all but it does look like a proper well-designed & ergonomic bullpup. If you watch the videos, it appears easier to load stripper clips with this than with the factory stock.

    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/attachments/firing-line/132970d1449386489-advice-needed-sks-bullpup-sgworks-716499_01_sg_works_sks_bullpup_640.jpg

    & if you’re a lefty, the bolt handle will probably smack you right in the face…

    • Stephen Paraski

      My son got one when they came out. His holds a para model. Compact and handles well.

  • mig1nc

    Question, does anybody else offer an SKS stock that is inline with the bore? I’ve never seen one.

  • I don’t hate this, oddly enough. 21st century bubba’d SKSs…. heh…

  • jerome

    If you are American, I mean a resident of the USA, you may as well just buy a bullpup conversion. It would be nice if they sold the add on kit here but cest la vie.