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Battlefield 3 SKS
The SKS in Battlefield 3 is based on the famous and mass-produced Russian World War 2 rifle. The Battlefield 3 version is a much upgraded one, with a 20 round magazine and a great overall performance both close range and at longer ranges with the use of scopes. It is particularly useful on tight, urban maps. The SKS can only be used by the Recon class.

SKS stats

  • Fire mode: single shot/semi auto
  • Weight: 3.8 KG
  • Standard scope: 7X
  • Magazine capacity: 20 rounds
  • Effective range: 600 meters

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SKS images and screenshots


  1. killtr0x
    October 23rd, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    lol Tapco furniture

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    • Luke
      October 26th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      I KNOW!!! I was so psyched when i found out this was in BF3! I have the Chinese version with the tan furniture.

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  2. Anderson
    October 23rd, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Surely one of the finest weapons in battlefield,along with the .44 magnum and AEK-971.

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  3. Joseph P. Brenner
    October 23rd, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    You should start with a 10 round mag. I love this gun though, never tried it in the beta however.

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    • Luke
      October 26th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      I have this rifle in real life with the same type of furniture and the magazine shown is a 20 mag so they are correct. but you can also buy 5, 10, and 30 round magazines as well

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      • SKS Freak
        November 8th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        I too own this weapon in real life. It has a soviet star emblem and 1951 date stamped on the receiver. I got a muzzle break/flash suppressor combo (wish they had in-game), 4x scope, bipod, fiberglass stock and butt-pad for it. It’s one of my favorites in my collection. Now in BFf3 I haven’t used it more than a couple of times, as I have not been dedicated to the recon class yet due to the squad I play with, but what I have experienced is that it seems like it’s under powered compared to firing one of these in real life. For someone that has more time with this gun in-game and also owns one, what are your impressions?

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        • Quadrenaro
          April 5th, 2012 at 3:50 am

          I’ve got a yugo myself. The SKS in game appears to be the same model.

          By far the best gun in the game because of its rof.

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  4. jake
    October 24th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    hey i have this gun! hope it doesnt jam after every shot on the battlefield

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    • zzerDrezz
      October 26th, 2011 at 7:43 am

      Lol it actually would be cool if it jammed in bf3.

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  5. Dan
    October 27th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    The SKS isn’t really a “sniper” rifle though.

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    • Quadrenaro
      April 5th, 2012 at 4:09 am

      Its a Battle Rifle, well suited for a designated marksman.

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  6. Kerry
    October 28th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Its not a sniper correct, but if it’s the russian variant it uses a larger cartridge with more powder, hence more power and range. The gun is fantastic, I also own one, the yugoslavian variant tho with grenade launcher. If your sks is jamming, go back to a factory 10 rd mag. The plastic tapco ones are crap

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    • some guy that owns an sks
      November 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Nope, sks’s use a 7.62×39 just like the AK. Wiki that shit if you don’t believe me

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      • Another Guy That Owns an SKS
        November 9th, 2011 at 12:35 am

        Haha, they shoulda left it stock with wooden furniture and blade bayonet :D Or include the Yugo M59/66A1 with the grenade launcher

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        • Quadrenaro
          April 5th, 2012 at 3:55 am

          LOL! watch em scream the SKS is op then. IMO it already is atm, but ive been using it since release, so I can still keep using it.

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  7. Sudesh
    October 28th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Would you guys say this gun is stronger the the SV98? cause i am using that gun at the moment and SKS is the next sniper i unlock, so i just wanted other people’s opinion

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    • Thumping rain
      March 18th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      The sks was the first sniper rifle I got in BF3 and then the sv98 then the mav and now it says im going to unlock the sks again is that wrong

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      • Tert
        March 24th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

        No, its a double unlock.

        Whichever one you unlock first, counts and you get the scopes, etc… The second unlock does nothing.

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  8. Derrick
    November 1st, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    @Kerry Hey I have a Yugo in real life with the grenade launcher and bayonette as well! I took off the bayonette and swapped the furniture to a Dragonov look alike. Looks sweet. Ever heard of actually finding some smoke grenades for it?

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  9. Sudesh
    November 3rd, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    you guys know if SKS is stronger then SVD or MK11? the only bolt action sniper that seems remotely good is the last sniper (M98B) unlock which is what i’m waiting for but till then i’d want to use semi-auto snipers cause at least i can still aim the target for a possible kill at medium range bolt seems useless unless its like a 1 shot kill or brings them down to 10%health but seems like MA45 and Sv98 only do like 75% damage in the first shot

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    • SKS owner from WI
      November 29th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      I do not believe the SKS is stronger than the SVD or MK11. The trade off is the semi auto capabilities. The SKS is not a “sniper rifle” but can be extremely effective at long ranges. As for people asking if it handles in game like it does in real life, I would say “very much so”. I’ve put many rounds through mine at the range, and I was paying close attention to the game. In game I have almost 2000 kills with it, my farthest shot was 329m. That was not a typical shot though, I was really trying. With my 4x scope I can take shots up to 200m with deadly accuracy and stopping power. I own other snipers (the ones using the bolt action, larger rifles)

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    • sort of
      January 16th, 2012 at 2:31 am

      it’s different from the other semiauto sniper rifles in that it shoots faster but for less damage. in game, i can unload six rounds in a second.

      so yeah, it doesn’t really function like a sniper rifle at all, except that it is extremely accurate. very effective in close to medium range, and is very good for a poor sniper like myself, since i can re-aim and fire rapidly if i miss. i use foregrip+ACOG (soon to be M145)+silencer with mine.

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  10. GoFoCof
    December 24th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    ya i just unlocked the sks at lvl 42 ( have every other class finished ) and it is one of my favoirt guns in the game my fav set up woukd be a sks with 12x zoom ballistic scope with a g18 as a side arm i would then put a motion sencer

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    • Toast
      February 13th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      HA HA Being the x-box man i am i got the free dlc that gave me this the flash suppressor dao 12 with flechette rounds and type 88 lmg but oddly enough the only thing i use is this gun and i love it for it is my crunch bite

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  11. harrison
    January 16th, 2012 at 5:14 am

    yo this makes one bad ass assault rifle. better for CQC than sniping but when i want to take down some fool at long range this gun does the job pretty much everywhere in every condition at any time. i freekin trust and love this gun

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  12. Ascair
    March 9th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    It actually uses a 21 round magazine in BF3!

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    • bill
      April 2nd, 2012 at 1:26 am

      its one in chamber and 20 in clip…

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  13. harrison
    April 4th, 2012 at 2:08 am

    sniper rifle? screw that i use this bad boy as an assault rifle. 3 shots and your on the floor writhing in a bloody mess

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  14. Gunslinger
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:45 am

    At first i did not like this gun but now I love this gun .i got a 30 kill streak with no difficultly ,holo site ,forgip and I’m set

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  15. Me
    September 13th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    The SKS is a carbine rifle in RL if I’m not mistaken…

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  16. I Hate You All
    November 8th, 2012 at 5:07 am, and now you know that the video game sks is a lie

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  17. B.A.
    April 12th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I love using the SKS, I like the SVD too but the fire rate of the SVD is much slower.

    I use it with foregrip and Iron or Kobra Sights. Its just a beast!

    You know what would be really nice in this game? Putting a bajonet on the SKS or SVD or any other rifle, that would be so much fun!

    Now I’m trying to unlock the Flash Suppressor for it, takes a while

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