SKS Manual

    I300Px-Sks Flickr 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

    Russian Sks 45 Semi-Auto Carbine Manual-1

    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

    Sks China Sports Manual

    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)
    Us Army Sks Manual

    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
    Inter Ordance Yugo Sks

    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
    Cheaper Than Dirt Sks Manual

    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

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    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

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    Steve Johnson

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