The SKS is an enigma in the world of assault weapons. Is it really worthy of greater respect as a true assault weapon? Did it gain its place on the battlefield because of its politics or performance? Has it survived because it is cheap to construct, or does it stem from its functionality and reliability? Why are its parts numbered matched like those of the famous German Luger? Duncan Long reveals the answers to these questions and the practical aspects of operating the rifle. 118 pages.