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6MT
01-20-2016, 10:31 PM
I was lucky enough to score the following from a gentleman in central Canada.

http://i.imgur.com/Oea17M0h.jpg


It is (as close as I can tell) a 1981 example with the serial number in the 26th million (260003XX). The arsenal stamp is the triangle with the number 405 inside of it. So, it was made at a small unknown arsenal somewhere in the north of China. This example has a miss mash of different era parts, which was the norm outside arsenal 26, from these smaller factories. It has the mid to late wooden two piece gas tube. The rear sight has the number 3 at the bottom of the grid. It has the sling swivel on the bottom of the butt stock. It has the medium sized barrel lug (it is not the pinned barrel). And of course, it has the spike bayonet.

The condition is absolutely beautiful. I found out today, that this rifle was a brand new unfired, unissued example. The previous owner had only fired 40 rounds of non-corrosive ammo through it. The wood is almost flawless. The internals are, as you would expect, like factory new. The piston, action, bolt and carrier are just as they were when it left the factory. It still had some cosmoline in the trigger group and on the inside of the stock.

http://i.imgur.com/FfucuJIh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/gccFEFlh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vyicGpWh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hpbQ8rWh.jpg

Cleaning it was a bit of a surprise when I sprayed some wipe-out down the barrel and after 10 minutes, ran a patch through. It came out pretty much clean. So, I picked up my boroscope to have a look at the barrel. I was spotless and again, brand new.

http://i.imgur.com/vc4whIdh.jpg

So, I sold my last Chicom SKS which was an early example. I had been kicking myself because of it. But to come into this piece, just made getting rid of the last one moot. So, I now have my dream Chinese rifle to go along with a Yugo M59/66 and an unfired Russian 1954 Tula. Now, I just don't know if I can talk myself into firing any of them. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

lone-wolf
01-20-2016, 10:46 PM
It is (as close as I can tell) a 1981 example with the serial number in the 26th million (260003XX). The arsenal stamp is the triangle with the number 405 inside of it.

Not sure if you did, but outside of factory 26 you can't date a chinese sks by the serial number.

6MT
01-20-2016, 11:05 PM
Well, reading all of the stuff on the "dating a chinese sks" site, I think I'm pretty close to dating it correctly. The mix of parts, and they are all numbers matching, doesn't give much as to either the era or a date. The 405 triangle arsenal stamp says a lot about this miss mash being an unknown factory. The 26 plus the two digits added to get the date isn't really considered to be accurate.

My confidence is high having that serial number series at 26 million.

Northshore
01-21-2016, 01:54 PM
Congrats on your new to you rifle, it sure looks in beautiful condition. Keep us posted if you decide fire it, you know you want too.

TheHydrant
01-22-2016, 08:23 AM
cool.
Quite honestly I really like the Chinese ones. I'm not saying I like them more than the Russian ones, but they are extremely reliable and the chrome lined barrels are great. My Chinese SKS has been put through the wringer and still works great...although it occasionally throws sparks out the gas tube vent holes. I should probably get another one.

kennymo
01-22-2016, 09:43 AM
.although it occasionally throws sparks out the gas tube vent holes.

I would suspect that might be more the fault of whatever 30+ year old surplus powder you might be burning rather than the rifle :). I'll have to keep an eye out the next time I've got a Russian at the range.....

Kenwp
01-22-2016, 08:36 PM
Now you guys have me wanting to shoot mine in the dark to see the sparks. I bought one cleaned it about three times to handle slam fires and shot 15 rounds thru it and 3 to get rid of a boar and put it away again.

3MTA3
01-22-2016, 10:50 PM
very nice- I like the Chinese rifles better than the russian rifles- I also have a chicom one that shoots fantastically - very similar to yours. I will have to check the serial but I think it is in the same series.

SteelCap
01-23-2016, 06:56 AM
cool.
Quite honestly I really like the Chinese ones. I'm not saying I like them more than the Russian ones, but they are extremely reliable and the chrome lined barrels are great. My Chinese SKS has been put through the wringer and still works great...although it occasionally throws sparks out the gas tube vent holes. I should probably get another one.

Are all chicom sks chrome lined?