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Old 02-02-2018, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default So I finally got my 1st SKS.

Tho I prob won't shoot it much, today I found what I thought was a pretty good deal on a russian Tula SKS. I have been looking for one lately and tho I was not in a hurry I think patience paid off. Pretty new to these but she has some character with the wood grain and in excellent shape. Got off the OG owner off my local Armslist for 400 and he paid the transfer fee. Thought it was a good deal and jumped on it. He said it is a 1954 built rifle but I am very new to these and need to do a little research unless you guys want to school me on what to look for. It now resides happily beside my Red Russian Rak, and Sam7 in tula wood furniture. Finally scratched my SKS itch. Pretty excited to shoot it this weekend.

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Love that laminate
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That's a nice looking SKS and even nicer price.
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Very sweet deal. It is a refurb of course, as laminates didn't appear until later and the painted bolt carrier also gives it away.
So as far as the date goes, doesn't it have a date on the receiver cover? If not, is there any markings on the left side of the receiver other than the serial number?
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I really like the wood grain also, adds alot of character imo. He had 2 for sale for 750 for the both of them, as soon as I seen them I contacted my buddy as he wanted one also. But before I could get back to seller with answer the red stock russian sold to another guy so I didn't hesitate any longer. The guy was also selling a like new mak90 for $550.00, and it sold before I could get my hands on it. I was 1-3 but none the less pretty happy with the SKS.
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Very sweet deal. It is a refurb of course, as laminates didn't appear until later and the painted bolt carrier also gives it away.
So as far as the date goes, doesn't it have a date on the receiver cover? If not, is there any markings on the left side of the receiver other than the serial number?
Refurbished huh? Dam, sounded like he was the OG owner and it just sat in the safe for many years. I will look at the date. Be back in a few.
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Most Russians in the US are refurbs, it's not a ding at all. Also, refurbishment was done before import so he could be the original US owner.
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Most Russians in the US are refurbs, it's not a ding at all. Also, refurbishment was done before import so he could be the original US owner.
Ah OK, just texted him and he confirmed he was the OG owner and bought it new/refurbished . So here is what the barrel says numbers/letterswise. Anybody want to shool me? Thanks in advance.
SKS 7.62x39 Russia
CAI ST ALB VT
Other numbers on barrell are
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Ah OK, just texted him and he confirmed he was the OG owner and bought it new/refurbished . So here is what the barrel says numbers/letterswise. Anybody want to shool me? Thanks in advance.
SKS 7.62x39 Russia
CAI ST ALB VT
That's an early Century import mark.
Does it have this on top of the receiver cover?

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That's an early Century import mark.
Does it have this on top of the receiver cover?

Yes it does. I assume that means date of build/manufacturing? 1954r
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Yes it does. I assume that means date of build/manufacturing? 1954r
As long as it's serial matching to the receiver, yes. 1956-1958 Tulas have bare covers and a star a few inches from the serial number on the receiver and are identified by the letter after the serial.
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As long as it's serial matching to the receiver, yes. 1956-1958 Tulas have bare covers and a star a few inches from the serial number on the receiver and are identified by the letter after the serial.
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These days and barring any local scarcity about $500-550 or so. It is a nice laminate but it is also a "BBQ" refurb (refers to the paint) and a common year. You got a good deal on it.
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Are there any ink stamps on the sling?
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These days and barring any local scarcity about $500-550 or so. It is a nice laminate but it is also a "BBQ" refurb (refers to the paint) and a common year. You got a good deal on it.
Once you shoot it though it's true value will be known.
That's what I was kinda guessing, add it to the collection. I keep saying I have everything I want and then I find a deal I can't say no to. Kinda like a women when they see a sale sign at the mall. Lol. Ok I now have everything I want lol.
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Looks like from about the time of refurbishment or import perhaps, looks like it might be from the 1980s or 1990s if the date is there in the lower right corner of the stamp. I had an original 1953 stamped sling and regret letting it go.
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Looks like from about the time of refurbishment or import perhaps, looks like it might be from the 1980s or 1990s if the date is there in the lower right corner of the stamp. I had an original 1953 stamped sling and regret letting it go.
Thanks for all your insight man, another rifle to learn to shoot and maintain. I need to get some stripper clips now.
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The top line says Krasnodar which is a Russian city.
Not sure about the middle line, and the last is the OTK stamp and the date.
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The top line says Krasnodar which is a Russian city.
Not sure about the middle line, and the last is the OTK stamp and the date.
All foreign language to me. So where does one get some stripper clips for these? Are there any quality 30 round detachable mags for these or just run the factory mag that's on it?
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All foreign language to me. So where does one get some stripper clips for these? Are there any quality 30 round detachable mags for these or just run the factory mag that's on it?
The SKS works best as it was designed, wood stock, 10 round mag, no scope.
My favorite suggestion for stripper clips is to go to SGAmmo and buy 200 rounds of Yugo M67.

It's corrosive so you have to clean your rifle well with water after shooting it, especially the gas tube and piston.

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Figuired so on the mags just had to ask. I have a bunch of 7.62x39 stockpiled as I own a few AK'S and don't plan on running out of ammo no matter what happens in the Good old US of A political/tragedy l wise in the future. Again thanks, I am sure I will have more questions. Stand by.
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OP; That is a beautiful sks. Enjoy shooting it, you may find it shoots more accurate / consistent than your ak's.
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Thanks man, it will get use how much well see. The last sks I shot was a norinco when I was in my early 20s. Always wanted one, just
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Nice rifle for a good price PORTER, too bad you missed the MAK. Like 'Oli said, those rifles were arsenal refurbed decades ago in the motherland so no worries about that dinging value. Shoot it and be happy!

SKS' were underrated for years but recently have risen in value, they are great rifles. I've seen more tacti-bubba on these than any other rifle it seems, nice ones pop up less and less around here.
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What you have appears to be a light refurb in very good condition. As i understand, they didn't start putting laminate stocks on factory new SKS's until after 1954 (1956 and maybe some in 1955?).

here is a nice reference guide to properly identify a Russian SKS:

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Nice looking Russian, you did good.

Make sure to clean the firing pin, firing pin channel, and make sure the bolt rattles when you shake it before you chamber any live rounds.
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Rested I concur, off hand they both yield similar results for me.
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Their very smooth shooting rifles, and more enjoyable to shoot then a AK IMO, pushing 10 rounds off a stripper clip and letting the bolt fly is incredibly satisfying.
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Nice rifle for a good price PORTER, too bad you missed the MAK.
I have wanted a nice SKS for a while and now I feel that itch is scratched. Really happy I found a safe queen for a descent price. And yea on the Mak, I would have bought it too missed out on it by 5 minutes, but its ok as I have 6 other quality AKs in the safe.
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Nice looking Russian, you did good.

Make sure to clean the firing pin, firing pin channel, and make sure the bolt rattles when you shake it before you chamber any live rounds.
I added it to the rifles that need to be cleaned list, but will do as you say. Watched the vid oil posted, seems pretty simple like an AK as far as cleaning.
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Their very smooth shooting rifles, and more enjoyable to shoot then a AK IMO, pushing 10 rounds off a stripper clip and letting the bolt fly is incredibly satisfying.
Yea, I shot one when I was in my early 20s and the ease of firing as well as how well the rifle absorbed the recoil really stuck in my mind then.
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Took a pic of my 3 wood beauty's I own. The trio look very nice together, two blonds(Sam7/SKS) and a redhead(Red Russian Rak). There all three in excellent condition but trying to keep them in that shape in a crowded gun safe will be hard.
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Beauty of a rifle. Refurbs are like getting a brand new 60 year old rifle. I have owned a lot(12 or so) over the years. Use Yugo Ammo, or get some copper washed Chinese on stripper clips. Both these clips are Mil Spec. The brown Leather pebble grain ammo pouches are cheap, hold 40 rds. and have a cool brass stud for the leather piece which keeps it closed. Great OG sling also. You might like a M44 Russian Carbine, a shit ton were imported. They went thru the Refurb machine the Commies had going in the early fifties. You are now like a museum curater for this rifle. Enjoy.
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