So I had been looking for a few weeks at sks rifles.
The local rifles I have found were:
Chinese paratrooper $900
Russian SKS $700
Yugo SKS in aftermarket stock no bayonet $400
Bullpup (yuck) Chinese $800
Sporterized Chinese $800
Vast variety of Yugo’s at cabelas with no bayonets, and they had varying degrees of looking like they had been run over, many the bolt hold open doesn’t work cause they’re so sticky $500-over $600 depending on which one...
Then I found a Norinco with refinished wood stock and sling for $500 (sold in 2 days)
And I found a Chinese SKS in jungle stock, unknown year, decent shape, with blade bayonet and sling $500.
Called all my other shops, no one had one, looked all over the country on armslist, half the people never replied to my emails, and I found a couple norincos for about $400 plus $25-50 shipping, plus I have to pay transfer fees at an FFL between $25-35
So I opted to buy the Chinese SKS in Jungle stock because I could physically look at it, and the shop I bought it from is run by a guy whose dad was a decorated military man, and he has over 20 bring back rifles from his dads tours. He’s a super nice guy. Anyway, seeing as how the local listings were several hundred dollars more, and the other shop had sold a wood stock norinco for $500 after only having it for 2 days, I don’t think I did badly.
I know you’ll all rip me for spending $500 on a SKS, but supply and demand/ none around me for less in original shape, and it’s not 1985
So don’t say I bought one for $99 “a few years ago”.
I’d like to know more about my rifle- story I heard about the jungle stocks, they’re either fiberglass or Bakelite and were put on by the Chinese during or after the Vietnam war because the Chinese buried the rifles in the jungle and when they came back to get them months later bugs or termites had eaten the wood stocks.
I’m not sure if the jungle stock models were used in combat, but here are some pics.
The shop owner was pretty sure this was a pre-94 import.
It was imported by century Arms in VT, and the import marks are on the bottom of the barrel under the cleaning rod.
I disassembled it last night, it’s not 100% matching numbers- the recoil spring dust cover and the bottom of the bolt that houses the firing pin have non-matching numbers, yet the receiver, upper bolt (charging handle) magazine, and a couple other parts all have matching numbers.
Looks like it was made in Chinese factory 26, otherwise I do not know how to tell a year
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