Hello friends. There’s some good news for now. The first lot of weapons has arrived. From what I have heard the importers have stocked them and are selling them in small quantities to control the prices. They don’t want to flood the market with new pistols as a result of which the prices will fall at once.
Here are some of the weapons that have been imported commercially and are selling at very high prices.
So for now we have some Russian, Chinese, Turkish and Brazilian handguns selling at high price. These are peshawar prices so Lahore and Karachi prices might be a little higher. But I believe as more weapons land on our shores the situation will get better. I will try to update you guys. Cheers
The SKS Siminov is a semi auto rifle chambered in 7.62 x 39 mm. It is a Russian weapon and like all Russian weapons it is very reliable and robust. It has a 10 rounder clip, in the local Pashto lingo it is commonly called as the “las dazzi” literally meaning “the ten rounder”. I have always been fascinated by Russian weapons and the SKS is no different. It came to Pakistan through Afghanistan during the Russian invasion, though it had largely been replaced by the AK 47 in 1950’s still it remained as a second line weapon. It is a simple gas piston operated weapon. If you disassemble it you will notice the similarity between an SKS and the AK 47. However, it is a very very accurate weapon as compared to the AK 47. SKS was produced in bulk, some estimates say over 2.7 million rifles. It is simple to operate and fun to shoot. If you surf the net you can find 20 rounder magazines for the SKS. I have even seen lots of accessorizing of the SKS, such as scope mounts, synthetic stocks and red dot sights or scopes. The SKS is a very inexpensive weapon here in Pakistan. You can find one from Rs. 35 to 60k range depending on its condition. There are also the Chinese variants of the SKS available in local market, though these rifles were excessively produced in the eastern block countries. The stock in the Chinese are dull brown on yellowish in color. One good thing about the Chinese SKS is that their barrels are chrome lined, hence they give better protection against rust. With iron sights I have found the SKS to be an excellent shooter, very accurate. Although the rifle SKS is semi auto. With a 20 inch barrel and an overall length of 40 inches it is compact and easy to carry. The weight is around 3.8 kgs , and if you remove the bayonet it can further be reduced. Some time back SKS were also given to LEAs in Pakistan, mostly the police and FC. A number of times I have seen SKS in dilapidated conditions with the police, a sight which can bring tears to my eyes. In my opinion it is a very good weapon for hunting, but sadly here in Pakistan since the 7.62 x 39 mm ammo is prohibited or falls in the prohibited bore category so getting its license made isn’t easy. Still it doesn’t hurt to get one of these in your collection and boast about it 🙂
SKS Siminov is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 7.62 x 39. It is basically Russian origin weapon which was produced in huge numbers in mid 1940’s till 1950’s. It was replaced by the famous AK47 somewhere in 1950’s. Later Chinese, East German, Romanian, Yugoslavian, North Korean and Vietnamese versions were produced. These rifles came to Pakistan during the Afghan War in the later 1970’s. Due to their reliability , accuracy and low cost they were a preferred weapon for many gun enthusiasts. Later these were also procured for paramilitary forces in Pakistan. You can still see a few policemen carrying them in Punjab, specially. The SKS is predecessor of the AK47. If you disassenble one, you will notice many similarities between the two of them, except off course that the AK is select fire weapon, whereas the SKS is semi-auto only.
I got myself a Mosin Nagant M44 couple of weeks back. It is a 5 shot Russian bolt action rifle just like the one used by Vasily Zaitsev (Jude Law) in the movie “Enemy at the gates”. Actually that is a Mosin Nagant M 91/30 sniper which has bigger barrel and scope mounts etc. But the caliber is the same 7.62 x 54 R. And off course the action is the same. It was designed in 1891 by Captain Sergei Mosin and Leon Nagant. In all around 37 million Nagants were produced, which are still in service in some armies world over.