Haven't shot an M1 in decades, but i really love my tula paratrooper, it'S reasonably accurate, you wont win any prizes, but its a hoot to shoot.
I'll have to pass this along to my buddy, who owns both. He's much more an SKS man, while I prefer the M1. I've never fired either rifle past 100 yards, so maybe my opinion would change if I did.
I've been offered 800 for my `54 Tula . All original including the cleaning kit, oil can and sling. Couldn't do it. Its just too much fun to shoot and i've never seen another one quite like it or in its condition. As far as not being an "assault rifle" I wouldn't want to have to go up against one.I wouldn’t group all Sks rifles in the same category either. While I bought a Chinese version back in the 90s when you could pick them up on the cheap, the Yugoslav and Russian are superior. A short while ago I was a a gun shop and saw an un altered Chinese sell for $850.
I bought my M1 carbine in ‘76 for $79. It was manufactured by Singer Sewing Machine Co of Plainfield NJ. Considering the difference in the ballistics the SKS is an accurate moderate range rifle. The M1 Carbine is short to medium range at best. The M1 Carbine is still banned in several states such as NJ. Also while most people say a SKS isn’t an assault rifle be aware that it may be if it has a detachable mag and evil features. I’d say if you want collector value go with the M1 carb or a Russian SKS, but for a shooter go with the Chinese SKS.