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Old 06-17-2020, 08:55 PM   #1
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I came across an sks locally that was priced so low I couldn't pass it up.
It is Chinese and from the 26 factory.
It is all matching except for the receiver cover, which is blank. The import marking from CAI has type 56 on it
After doing some research I think it may be from the transition year between 6 digit and 7 digit serial numbers, so 1957 or so?
The blade bayonet has me thrown a bit. Any ideas?

IMG-20200617-195345135-HDR IMG-20200617-200246166 IMG-20200617-195410670-HDR
IMG-20200617-202241027-HDR

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Old 06-17-2020, 09:09 PM   #2
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Serial number indicates 2nd year of production- 1957.

Blade bayonet is correct for that year. Should have a side mounted rear sling swivel.

Nice catch
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info! Since the rear sling swivel is mounted on the bottom of the stock (and I cannot find a serial number on the stock), does this mean it is not the factory stock?
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Should have a side mounted rear sling swivel.
Not really. Dont be posting up things that are not really certified as being true.
swete, if you really want to know most/true things of your sks, go to sks-files.com.
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Serial number indicates 2nd year of production- 1957.

Blade bayonet is correct for that year. Should have a side mounted rear sling swivel.

Nice catch
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Not really. Dont be posting up things that are not really certified as being true.
swete, if you really want to know most/true things of your sks, go to sks-files.com.
He's got you there, Boris... http://chinesesks.weebly.com/1957-6digit-26.html

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Thanks for the info! Since the rear sling swivel is mounted on the bottom of the stock (and I cannot find a serial number on the stock), does this mean it is not the factory stock?
There would be a serial number if it was original and unmolested, but non-numbered is still pretty cool and it is a nice carbine. Enjoy it as is.
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ALL /26\'s had blade bayonets, BTW.
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ALL /26\'s had blade bayonets, BTW.
Im sorry but thats not a true or accurate statement. At some point in the mid to late 60s the transition from the blade to the spike cruciform bayonets was made at that arsenal.
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Im sorry but thats not a true or accurate statement. At some point in the mid to late 60s the transition from the blade to the spike cruciform bayonets was made at that arsenal.
True Dat! I agree!
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My mistake. Side mounted sling swivel began in the 3rd year / 3 mil serial.

Spongemonkey, weren't you banned from sks-files ? IF that's you, I'll tell everyone "hi" from you.
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I’m sorry but that’s not a true or accurate statement. At some point in the mid to late ‘60s the transition from the blade to the spike cruciform bayonets was made at that arsenal.
The transition happened mid 64, I have one of the early 64 spikers. Early as in it has a spike, not early in the year....can't really find the right way to word that
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I recently picked up a similar one up in Massachusetts, serial 2401010. So just before yours, also has the stamped "20" in the same spots. Any idea what they mean? Mine came without the orginal wood as well, inside a bakelite/fiberglass "jungle" stock.
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I recently picked up a similar one up in Massachusetts, serial 2401010. So just before yours, also has the stamped "20" in the same spots. Any idea what they mean? Mine came without the orginal wood as well, inside a bakelite/fiberglass "jungle" stock.

They are barrel-to-receiver indexing or timing numbers. Standard on most models except for the Yugoslavians, iirc. They mark 360 of rotation of 10 increments in matching pairs from 0 to 35. They ensure that the barrel and receiver threading are properly matched to ensure that the chamber seats to the correct depth when the barrel and receiver are mated.

There's a much better description of the numbered pairs here:
https://sks-files.com/index.php?topi...42057#msg42057
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They are barrel-to-receiver indexing or timing numbers. Standard on most models except for the Yugoslavians, iirc. They mark 360 of rotation of 10 increments in matching pairs from 0 to 35. They ensure that the barrel and receiver threading are properly matched to ensure that the chamber seats to the correct depth when the barrel and receiver are mated.

There's a much better description of the numbered pairs here:
https://sks-files.com/index.php?topi...42057#msg42057
Ahhh okay that makes sense. Very cool, appreciate the info. Been curious about it since I got it.
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