I'm as much old-school as you guys but that chrome one looks pretty cool, like it belonged to Saddam Hussien or sumthin.
But then again I like nickled handguns with pearl grips.
I like that picture of Victor Charles holding what looks like it was new at the time. Those people were a formidable enemy and it wasn't their weaponry than made them so, it was their mindset, and a lot of folks these days think the more gizmos you have the better combatant it will make you. That's whey thre are endless discussion about what's the "best" gun, the "best" caliber, the "best" hollowpoint, etc.
Somehow I imagine in the backs of the mind of many, that by having the "best", it will make YOU the "best" and somehow I doubt if Eric Clapton thinks that unless he has the best guitar in the world that he wouldn't be able to play very good. Actually Ted Nugent once talked about how he was doing an interview for some radio station and they asked him to play something on some beat to sh*t cheapo guitar they had laying around the studio, and he was actually surprised that it didn't make much difference, he could still play just as good.
So that SKS in the hands of that VC was no doubt a very formidable weapon.
I've only owned one SKS and it wasn't accurate enough for my liking, not for combat necessarilly but I just like accurate guns in general and even for your average SKS that gun was kind of a dog. The only thing I did to modify it was to install one of those chi-com 20 fixed mags that were availble about 15-20 years ago and theyr required tweaking to make them work, but I knew a good gunsmith who got the set-up running good, and 20 rounds is really pretty decent ammo capacity as far as I'm concerned.
One of the next guns I want to get is an Ishapore SMLE in .308 chambering with a 12 round mag. in my opinion the Smelly was one of the best battle rifles ever made. Hell, it held 2 more rounds than the M1 Garand and a good man who'd trained with it could fire it almost as fast, probably JUST as fast if your'e talking AIMED fireand not just screwing around.
Colour Sergeant Bourne: It's a miracle, Sir. Lieutenant John Chard: If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point four-five caliber miracle.