Originally Posted by robocop10mm
Chinese. 99% of the Chinese SKS's are Norinco made specifically for the US market. They are NOT Milsurp, they were purpose built for the US market. WTS, they are generally good shooters. Accurate and reliable. Less wear and tear. They DO have chrome lined bores.
The monkeys at Century (CAI, sometimes referred to as CIA) have been known to have the gun building accuity of a third grader. Granted, Century gets it right from time to time. They just are not taking the chance with.
Actually North China Industries is kinda/sorta the marketing front for Red China's PLA. They sell everything the Red Chinese arsenals can make from hunting shotguns and .22 rifles to guided missiles and tanks. Anything to pump cash into the CHICOM economy. I'd bet if we arranged it, we could get the Chinese to make M4 Sherman tanks for us.
Anyway, Norinco, plus many privateer importers - like Navy Arms, Century, Kengs Firearm's "PolyTech" - brought in scads of CHICOM MILSURP
SKSs when China opened their bunkers to exchange obsolete milsurp SKSs for the influx of USD$.
They already had their version of AKs in service, so the old unused/barely used SKSs - even those once in the hands of local police militias - were deemed obsolete and wasting space. Much like the USA deemed our M1 Garands obsolete. Their disposal of SKSs were our gain at like $50.00-$80.00 each in the 80's.
Along the way, some importers arranged to have some of these milsurp SKSs built into USA-consumer configs, such as the "Cowboy's Companion", "Paratrooper", and who cares what else.
No worries with any CHICOM SKS - you are getting a real-deal military-grade SKS.
Now with Century Arms....
It all depends on who the subcontracters were that Cent used to build a run of guns. They are all about the buck, so the lowest bidder wins. Some subs have enough pride to insure they do at least a decent job, other subs are Maronda Homes-grade builders..
Century will throw out a contract for say, 1000 C93s to be be built from 1000 HK33 part-sets for a cost not to exceed $X.00 bucks - and whoever is desperate enough to keep their operation open, bites on the bait to win the contract.
Lowest bidder wins the deal, and as fast as they hand the assembled guns over to Century to sell is as fast as they get paid.
Corners get cut, materials are misused, shortcuts are taken.
You get C93s with incomplete welds, improperly fitted barrells, bed-liner paint-jobs, mis-aligned parts, guns packed with build-gunk, poor-fitting hand-grips.
Century guns are ALWAYS a gamble. Cent would rather pay for warranty repairs - which they can ding the subcontractors for, than pay for a quality job right from the get-go. Not everyone knows enough to complain...
Fortunately, the WASRS are made in Romania, so Centurys only involvment is having the guns hi-capped and made 922-compliant.