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SKS Carbine

The 7.62mm semi-automatic SKS Simonov Self-loading Carbine was developed by the Soviet Union in 1945 and featured a top-loaded non-removable 10-round magazine. The design also boasted a wooden stock and a folding bayonet attached to the underside of the barrel. Though it was quickly replaced as a front-line weapon by the AK-47, the SKS design was exported to other Communist countries during the Cold War. The rifle pictured was captured by a U.S. Marine following a battle with North Vietnamese soldiers.

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