What kind of SKS do I have?

Discussion in 'SKS' started by Rex_Lee, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Rex_Lee

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    I figured there are bound to be some SKS experts around here, and I have always wondered what kind of SKS I have. I bought it maybe 7 or 8 years ago for $175, back when SKS's were all cheap. It's spent alot of time riding around behind the seat of my truck, but hasn't been fired all that much since i got it. Just wonder where it is from and what it is worth these days.
    Any information is much appreciated.
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  2. Brandhard

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    No expert here, but I do recognize the stamp on the receiver cover in the first pic. That's the Tula Star, which means that you have a Ruskie. I don't know what the rest of the marks mean.
     
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  3. Tha Dave

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    I agree you got a USSR SKS, with what looks like a TAPCO plastic stock.
     
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    Yep, looks like it might be a Russian SKS...
     
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    Just buy a case of wolf ammo and go shoot the thing! :)
     
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    That is a Tula star and the date of 195x would be the right time period.
     
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  8. Rex_Lee

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    Believe me, I've shot some hogs with it over the years. Like I said earlier, it rides around behind the seat of one of my ranch trucks. It is pretty accurate, in fact it is the most accurate of the 4 SKS's I have owned, which is why I still have it.

    Thanks for the replies folks!
     
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  9. pico

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    Nice Russian SKS.
     
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  10. Laufer

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    If you decide to put it in a nice reddish Russian stock (assuming the basic gun is in good shape) and find a Norinco or Yugo SKS for the truck, you might be glad, in the long run.

    Being more collectible rifles, Russians are the best and are milled, versus stamped like the Chinese Norincos.
    You might already read "SKSboards"?
     
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    It looks like an Albanian bolt???,, with a Russian receiver cover??? Chas
     
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  12. Tha Dave

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    I thought that the Albanian bolts had more of an AK style cocking knob. I have never seen one personally only pictures.
     
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    It does,yours has the standard style bolt carrier. If the bolt is original the serial # will match those on the other parts of the rifle. Does the small square under the Tula star have slash through it,if so it means the rifle was refurbished before being imported.

    Albanian bolt carrier
    Collecting and Shooting the Military Surplus Rifle - Surplusrifle.com
     
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    Russian mine was made at Tula '54 I love that gun Never had a jam i use 20 rd Tapco clips
     
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    The square does have a slash through it, so I guess it was refurbished. Is that a good or bad thing?
     
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    refurbished just means the arsenal went through the rifle and replaced anything that was worn or out of spec. so it's a good thing.
     
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    The first pic Russian star for sure. Looks like a refurb. I have a Russian refurb 1955. Never ever had a jam. Love that rifle. My god i still regret selling my Norinco Nhm-90!

    BTW refurb is not a bad thing. All original is really nice but, refurb is cool.
     
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  18. AK tommy SKS

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    Looks Russian!

    It looks like an early Russian, you might want to check the firing pin. The early models had a weak firing pin,they changed them, i beleive in 1951. It's an easy change, and easy to tell if you have the early pin. Pull the cover and if it looks like a button on back end of pin it's early model, also early had a 90 degree gas tube more squared off then the 45 degree of later models 1949-50 and it's possible some 1951's.You have a great gun, Enjoy it.
     
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    My Norinco is milled. But you are correct that the Russian is more collectable.
     
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    I just shot my Russian SKS today that I bought recently. It is from 1950, and is a Tula refurb. I also own a Chinese sks and a Yugo...My Russian is (so far) the most accurate.
     
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