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"Millions of SKS rifles were produced originally for the Soviet Army in 1945 and in China as the Type 56. The SKS is a popular rifle with civilian shooters, and can still be found in a number of arsenals around the world. A number of aftermarket upgrades are available for the SKS, this model is equipped with a synthetic stock, detachable 30 round magazine, and a PKS-07 (7x) scope."

— Battlelog description

The SKS is a weapon featured in Battlefield 3. It fulfills the role of a medium-range DMR. It takes 3–4 shots to the body to kill an enemy, or 1–2 shots to the head. With the Physical Warfare Pack, the player gets immediate access to it along with the Flash Suppressor which is exclusive to the pack. Otherwise, it is unlocked at 71,000 Recon score.

Because of the impressive rate of fire, moderate recoil and high magazine capacity, it is far more effective in close quarters than most other sniper rifles. Attaching a medium-range scope or sight (or using none at all) will allow for easier targeting at the medium and close ranges, as well as removing the scope glint that can draw unwanted attention. Because it has good rate of fire and magazine capacity, it is well-suited for ranged suppression.

Battlefield Premium members have access to the Woodland Stripe camo for the SKS or the Desert Stripe camo if they have completed the SKS Specialist assignment.

As of the September 4, 2012 patch, the Heavy Barrel can be unlocked for the SKS by accumulating 300 kills.



  • In Battlelog's description, it says the SKS has a thirty-round magazine, but in-game it has only twenty rounds.
  • The SKS is the only Sniper Rifle capable of equipping the Flash Suppressor or Heavy Barrel.
  • The SKS Mastery Dog Tag shows an SKS version resembling the Type 56.