Just got this in a comment about the Omaha mall shooting incident from a reader who lives in the area:
Local TV showed a picture of the weapon this AM: SKS with the box mag removed and the mod for an AK style mag.
There are a number of routes to go for this, the most common being a magazine with a “bill” protruding from the front lip area. Some options have an adapter block that mounts into the weapon for “bill-less” mags, though I think these are almost always for use with mags designed for use with that particular style adapter, not for standard AK mags.
Generally, converting SKSes to use standard AK magazines requires a fair amount of machining to the weapon. I’m behind a firewall right now that prevents me from looking into this or providing any good links, so I just talking off the top of my head at this point.
Anyone with more knowledge, please speak up.
–cross-posted from GunPundit.
UPDATE: I should note that not all the common modifications for SKS magazines are for “removable” magazines. Some are fixed mags that increase the number of rounds held from the standard 10.
I updated the title of this post. Thanks, GL.
UPDATE 2: Since Friday afternoon/evening, almost everyone has been calling it an AK-type, not an SKS. The mall security cam image of the shooter is not terribly clear but the front sight looks taller than most (but not all) SKS-type models I’ve seen.
Does anyone have more info on this confusion?