Hi everyone, Just got back from New Mexico and picked up my grandfathers gun collection. In a separate case was a brand new Chinese Honor Gaurd. A beautiful gun, lots of chrome. It has a certificate of authenticity and the serial #.
I am not familiar with these although I have several sks guns. This gun is mint. It has on the certificate is was brought in 1993.
What were these used for and how much is it worth? I found a receipt for $359.00 for this gun. Can someone educate me?
The ChiComs have several monuments that they mount guard on the same way we do the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The guns used by the honor guard are SKS rifles that have been pimped out with chromed metal parts, the better to glitter in the sun.
They use the SKS for the honor guard detail because it adapts much better to the Manual of Arms than the AK-47s and AK-74s the Peoples Liberation Army issue to the line units. If you notice, the Old Guard at Arlington doesn't carry M-16s either; they use M-1 Garands (or at least, they did the last time I was there, years ago; they may be using M-14s now). The soldiers of the Old Guard use a second-line or third-line rifle for the same reason the Chinese use the SKS: the slow motion ballet of the Manual of Arms simply looks a whole lot better with a battle rifle than an assault rifle. However, unlike the ChiComs all the US Army (or the USMC Silent Drill Platoon, for that matter) does is polish the daylights out of them. They don't chrome them. That seems to be a Communist thing.