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Old 10-17-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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I picked up a Russian SKS today in a trade. All told I have $75 in this SKS. Does the Russian SKS have a spring loaded firing pin? The Chi-Com's that I've owned had a free floating firing pin.I just need to know as this Russian is all matching except a lined out stock. I know I got a good deal...just wondering about the firing pin. Regards Dick.

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Russian SKS carbines had spring loaded firing pins until the early 50's. I am not sure about the Chinese. Most likely they followed the Soviet revision.

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Russian SKS carbines had spring loaded firing pins until the early 50's. I am not sure about the Chinese. Most likely they followed the Soviet revision.
Thank you Mercator. This has a 1950 date and the bolt and carrier numbers match to the receiver. A buddy of mine said the 1950 dated guns are a lot harder to find and I got very lucky to find this one. I've had Norinco's and a few Yugo's but prefer the Russian due to it being the original Simanov design. My friend knows a lot about the sks and can't believe that I stumbled into this deal. Did I really get that good of a deal....sure would like to know if the guns dated 1950 are really that hard to come by. Thanks in advance for your comments. Best regards Dick
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http://www.yooperj.com/SKS-24.htm

That page has dating info on the Russian when you scroll down (alphabetical). There are other pages on there that discuss the safety issues of the spring-loaded vs non-spring-loaded firing pins.

If it isn't springy, this guy makes replacements: http://www.murraysguns.com/sksown.htm
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Thank you Mercator. This has a 1950 date and the bolt and carrier numbers match to the receiver. A buddy of mine said the 1950 dated guns are a lot harder to find and I got very lucky to find this one. I've had Norinco's and a few Yugo's but prefer the Russian due to it being the original Simanov design. My friend knows a lot about the sks and can't believe that I stumbled into this deal. Did I really get that good of a deal....sure would like to know if the guns dated 1950 are really that hard to come by. Thanks in advance for your comments. Best regards Dick
The one you got is near collectible (most other SKS are shooters only) Especially if it has no repair marks, such as a number punched out next to a new one. That, and assuming it functions flawlessly, makes it a real winner. Congrats. In 1952 they already had free floating firing pins.
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Ya my 1950 has a free floater.

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Ya my 1950 has a free floater.
A little off the timeline I knew. 1951 was the year when the pin floated. But who knows, Soviet military records were secret before and are murky today.
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