We were supposed shoot a few rounds of trap today, but the Florida weather had other ideas. I'm not hardcore enough to shoot trap in the rain.
So, instead, I went down to the local indoor range to turn money into noise. I just got my SKS trigger group back from sailorcurt and I was anxious to test it out anyway.
Boy, what a difference a trigger job makes. Sure, the SKS isn't ever going to be a sniper rifle, but it definitely groups better now that the trigger is lighter and the creep is minimized. Note: it is still a battle rifle. It will never have a perfect trigger, but it is actually better than I expected. Thanks Curtis!
I was able to shoot ~2 inch groups at 25 yards with the crappy communist sights. Someone who knows what they are doing could probably do better. For that matter, I could probably do better if I had shooting glasses that didn't suck.
It must have been Simonov day at the range, because there were 3 more SKS rifles there besides mine. Of course, unlike the rest, mine doesn't have any tacticool doodads, a scope, removable craptastic-plastic magazines, or a fancy plastic stock. It is an honest-to-god wood-and-steel battle rifle, and I like it that way. I won't make any changes that affect how it looks, I certainly won't ever make a modification to it that can't be undone.
However, the sights suck. I think putting a scope on an SKS is downright silly, and I refuse to do it. There is nowhere on an SKS where you can install a scope that will keep zero without a gunsmith. Those rear-housing scope mounts can't possible be tight enough, given how much it wiggles. They can also interfere with loading using a stripper clip. The gas-tube "scout" style scope mounts are likewise suspect. Accuracy aside, a scope screws up the rugged good looks of the SKS. (...even when a military did it on purpose.)
But there are a few companies that make iron sights for the SKS, which seem reasonable to me.
The options I am aware of are:
I don't have any direct experience with any of them. There are plenty of articles out there on the interwebs that discuss dealing with SKS sights.
Williams Firesights seem simple enough, with the main emphasis on improving the front sight. In fact, I'll probably get their front sight regardless of what I do for the rear sight. I worry about installing an aperture sight that far up the rifle... I've shot AR rifles, and I'm comfortable with that type of sight, but I don't have any idea what the sight picture is like with a forward mounted aperture.
The Mojo rear sight is similar to the Williams in that it simply replaces the existing rear sight with an aperture sight. Mojo also offers an aperture front sight that is interesting, but kinda pointless for my purposes.
Tech-Sights offers replacement rear sights that are click adjustable for windage and elevation, and which double sight radius. The downside is, you have to remove the rear sight to detail strip the rifle. For someone who is generally anal-retentive about keeping his firearms clean, this is a no-no. They say it returns to zero when you take it off and reinstall it, but I'd still be nervous about it.
So, any thoughts? Who has tried these different rifle sights, and what was your experience with them? Are there other options?