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Old 03-09-2011, 02:52 AM   #1
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I have the chance to buy two chinese sks's from my local gun dealer he says they are pretty old i cant find out a way to run the serial number or anything to figure out how old these guns are. my gun dealer says one of them are from vietnam. can anyone help me

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Old 03-09-2011, 03:23 AM   #2
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Old saying- buy the gun, not the story.

First, if he is implying that one is from Vietnam as a vet bring-back (war trophy)- does he have the capture papers> If not- weelllllllll..........

Second- a war trophy will not have an importers name, address, and caliber marked on it. By law, imported firearms must. War trophies do not. Something like CAI St Albans vt would be the marking from Century Arms International. Weapons captured in combat frequently look very rough- they were used hard.

Military issue rifles usually had a shorter serial number- they marked them, when they got to a set number, it rolled over and repeated- so leading digits were added to make a unique SN- if the first 2 digits look a smidge different from the following numbers, be suspicious.

Old? Depends on your definition of OLD- I'm shooting a 1915 SMLE this week. The Chinese version of the SKS is known as a type 56- they have been making them since 1956.

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one gun says
sks7.62x39 made in china by norinco csi ont ca
it does have chinese writing on it

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Almost all of the SKS carbines USED in Vietnam were made in China. But none of them had the Norinco brand and the importer's mark. That is a civilian SKS. As a SHOOTER, would be fine. Just saying you should not be paying the price that a documented war trophy would command.

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This is the one he says is from Vietnam
it does say jing an china on it

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The first is a commercial Norinco made in the 80's-90's specifically for the US market.

The second could be a Vietnam war trophy. Blade bayonet is more unusual for a Chinese carbine. Dark stock and overall condition makes the lineage possible.

I have to agree, with out supporting documents buy the gun, not the story.

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If i read that right your first rifle was made between 1976 and 1981, if it is 23mill for the number on it it was made around the late 70's, heres a site for dating both of your rifles.


Dating the Chinese triangle 26


The three chinese letters next to your triangle means it is a refurbished army rifle and is high quality. If it has 26 in the triangle with the three chinese letters that means it is a army issue riffle.

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I bought similar to yours, a Norinco in the early 90s, unfired in the box, and it was made for the American market without a bayonet, but had the mounting lug. Crappy wood finish with a few light handling wood dings. A few years later a Russian SKS, that looked like very light use, and had a blade bayonet. If without a bayonet, it was around the time assault rifle bans time and points for importation in effect for those not considered curios but recent mfg. My Norinco lacked the spike bayonet making it a recent manufacture. My understanding is it is still not legal to add this accessory. Not a target rifle, but highly reliable, and edges the Ruger Mini 30 for accuracy. I think the prices were somewhere around $100 and $125 back then, Now in this condition, $450 and up in some areas

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