For the rifle in Battlefield Vietnam, see Type 56
The SKS (Russian: Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова, Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova; English: Self-loading Carbine of (the) Simonov system) is a Soviet-made semi-automatic rifle designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov in 1944. Though the Soviets quickly phased out the SKS in favor of the AK-47 assault rifle by Mikhail Kalashnikov, many were sold to communist nations such as China, North Vietnam and North Korea.
— Battlelog description
In Battlefield 3, the SKS is a rifle, issued to the Recon kit, featuring Tapco Fusion synthetic furniture and a detachable Tapco magazine. It fulfills the role of a medium-range DMR. It takes 3-4 shots to the body to kill an enemy, or 2 shots to the head. It has an ammo capacity of 20+1 rounds. It can be modified with a flash suppressor, courtesy of the Physical Warfare Pack. The gun itself is also available immediately with 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.