In one long word, inconsistently. One gets a good working norinco and praises the Chinese. Another gets a POS and blames the Chinese. More likely than not your next chino SKS will work fine. It will be a faceless replica with no pedigree, unlike the Soviet original. I think it bothers some people but not all. Have low expectations. Stay away from beat up bargains. Inspect the rifle carefully (bring a good flashlight, many gun shops have poor lighting, and looking down the bore is mandatory) Pay a reasonable price for a good looking one, knowing that you can resell it at the next gun show, at a minimal loss.