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Old 12-29-2012, 04:48 AM   #11
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I found an sks rifle at a pawn shop for 250 i am new to this forum an very inexperienced when it comes to guns. Can anyone tell me what to look out for and if this is a good deal/rifle.
With any comm bloc mil-surp the wood is going to be pretty beat...some more than others. Look for repairs, splices, chips or cracks that would indicate the rifle has been dropped and potentially damaged. Recent repairs may be lighter in color, cracks may appear as a dark line. Don't expect the wood to be perfect just undamaged. If that passes your inspection check the metal for rust, corrosion, pitting...a little wear on the finish is ok but visible rust is a red flag. Check the barrel...bring a bore light...again you are looking for rust, pitting, dark spots. The bore may be dark but the rifling should be visible. All the comm bloc ammo is corrosive...if the gun has not been diligently cleaned after shooting or has been sitting in a pawn shop uncleaned the barrel will show rust...lower you bid or walk if that's the case, just my opinion of course.

For comparison, pictured is a used Norinko SKS rated at 90-100% condition...sold recently for $390.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:51 AM   #12
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Just about any SKS around these parts are going for 300-400. D and M models (take AK mags) are a bit higher. If I found one for 250 now I'd jump all over it pretty much no matter the condition. The aftermarket being what it is it's nothing to get parts, stocks etc and they are pretty nice little rifles with comparable cheap ammo all over the place. I like my AR and AK type rifles but there is no beating the bang for the buck of a SKS.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:06 AM   #13
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$250 is what I paid for mine a couple of years ago. Get it you will not regret it. Just be aware they have a short length of pull. Fine for short russian guys like me though.

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Thank you all for your help. I will go buy it an report back monday with a photo. From what i gather from your experienced input, its a decent deal whatever. How good we can determine Monday. Thanks so much again.

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Buy it now and don't wait! They're going for $350 and up around here.

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Yes! Buy it! I bought one from J&G last year for $325 and am kicking myself for turning one down a few months ago for $285. Run, don't walk to the pawn and get that thing.

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I paid $169 for my SKS about 5 years ago from my LGS. I do not regret purchasing it one bit. It has went bang every time I pulled the trigger. If there is one selling for $250 now, buy it quickly.

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I built mine from spare parts for $200, I'd still jump all over one for $250

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I have a norinco and though its not my newest iI always enjoy tinking with it most of all

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So, did you get it? Pictures. The nice thing about them is you can do most of the work on them yourself and not have to be a good gunsmith.

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