SKS Manual

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson


have been getting many visitors coming to this blog looking for SKS manuals. I thought this was strange as I only had one small post linking to an SKS manual.

It turns out that SKS manuals are very hard to find! Many sites are selling the PDF versions of old manuals that have either had their copyright expired, in which case should be free, or they in face do not have the right to sell and are selling illegally.

I have decided to post a comprehensive listing of SKS Manuals and websites detailing SKS disassembly/assembly information.


Russian SKS 45 Semi-Auto Carbine manual

This manual for the SKS 45 Carbine looks pretty good compared to some of the others.

This 12 page manual covers the following topics:

• History of the SKS
• Safety
• Specifications
• Loading
• Unloading
• Sight Adjustment
• Cleaning

The PDF can be downloaded here.

China Sports SKS Semi-Automatic Sporting Rifle

China sports was a US importer of Chinese firearms.

This 19 page manual covers the following topics:

  • Operating Instructions’
  • Safety
  • Loading
  • Unloading
  • Disassembly instruction
  • Assembly instruction
  • Cleaning
  • Sight Adjustment

The PDF can be downloaded here.

US Army SKS Rifle Manual (Simonov Type 56)

This US Army 22 page manual covers the following topics:

  • Operation
  • Disassembly
  • Assembly
  • Trigger
  • Accessories
  • Malfunctions
  • Training
  • Maintaining the SKS
  • Function Checks
  • Cleaning

You can download the PDF here.

Inter Ordnance M59 / 66 Yugoslavian (Yugo) SKS – 7.62x39mm Semi-Automatic Rifle

This manual appears to be virtually identical to the above China Sports SKS manual.

This 12 page manual covers the following topics:

• Operating Instructions
• Safety
• Loading
• Unloading
• Disassembly instruction
• Assembly instruction
• Cleaning
• Sight Adjustment

The PDF can be downloaded here.

Cheaper than dirt SKS manual / pamphlet

This is more of a pamphlet than a manual. It covers the following topics:

  • Safety guidelines and proper handling of the SKS
  • Disassembly
  • Cleaning
  • Removing trigger and magazine
  • Mounting the bayonet

The PDF can be downloaded here.

Online Manuals

There are some great webpages listing SKS instructions:

Will england :: SKS disassembly : This site offer good instructions on disassembly, sight adjustment and cleaning. : has a great webpage on disassembly/assembly of the SKS 1945 carbine. This page has many high quality videos and two videos:

Cleaning the SKS Carbine video
The SKS: Disassembly/Reassembly video

Additional Information

Here is a parts listing of the SKS:
1. Piston
2. Handguard and gas cylinder
3. Piston extension
4. Piston return spring
5. Front sight
6. Front sight seat
7. Handguard catch
8. Bayonet screw
9. Bayonet assembly
10. Hold open latch pin
11. Hold open latch spring
12. Hold open latch
13. Receiver and Barrel
14. Takedown latch
15. Trigger guard latch
16. Latch pin
17. Rear housing
18. Bolt carrier
19. Bolt
20. Firing pin retainer
21. Firing pin
22. Extractor spring
23. Extractor
24. Recoil spring
25. Spring retainer
26. Large spring guide
27. Small spring guide
28. Stock assembly
29. Trigger guard spring
30. Magazine
31. Magazine follower
32. Follower spring
33. Hinge pin
34. Magazine cover
35. Cover latch
36. Latch spring and sear spring
37. Sear
38. Latch stop pin
39. Trigger guard
40. Disconnector hinge assembly
41. Trigger pin
42. Safety catch
43. Safety catch spring
44. Trigger
45. Safety catch pin
46. Trigger bar
47. Trigger bar pin
48. Trigger spring
49. Disconnector
50. Rebound Disconnector
51. Hammer
52. Hammer strut pin
53. Hammer strut
54. Hammer spring
55. Cleaning rod

(Photo at the top of this post is from

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Ron Ron on Apr 24, 2014

    morning..have a slight challenge that a number of my fellow firearm buddies have been unable to cure. entire firearms is disassembled except the gas piston...appears as though the spring pin is pushed up aginst the gas piston no allowing the piston assembly to come out freely...any help appreciated...tks Ron

  • Tamron Hall Tamron Hall on Sep 01, 2014

    Eye nub my sks made in rush_ah