an SKS. With this as a basis, I have this growing interest in this model, especially with the inexpensive military ammunition, and the idiot-proof design. My interest flies in the face of reality, but I'd appreciate your respective opinions of the various national editions of the rifle. Also, I've read conflicting reports of a conversion to a detachable magazine. Any thoughts/experiences? The only other large bore rifle I have is a small ring mauser in .308. Thanks for your time. Be well and safe.