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Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations
On the following pages I will try to show some of the differences between the SKS's from various countries in regards to the components making up this fine rifle. I have done this to try and help the collector, both novice and advanced, the many possibilities that exist. I do NOT make any claims to accuracy because these are all based on my own observations. Thanks to Gene M, Warbird, sksnut, Udo Goff, Bob Hanes, Woodbeef Mister, Howie Bearse, Cashman, Beryl Barnett, beachbumwithagun and others for contributing some of the pictures and editorials on the pages below.
The various pages below show the pictures and comments from various makes and models of SKS's. Currently these are the only differences I have noticed. Some are only cosmetic, some have different stampings, some are shaped slightly different and some are just plain different.
NOTE: RUSSIAN SKS's. 1949 was the first year production and had black spike type of bayonet on the early version. Rebuilt 1949's had a blade type of bayonet replacing the spike. Most of the replacement bayonets were a silver finish but a black blade did exist. Most other characteristics are the same for 1949-1950 except for the gas block. Starting in 1950 several variations can be found in regards to markings and different types of latches. 1951 saw the introduction of a chrome lined barrel and late in the year a change in the bolt design. 1952 was a transition year where the trigger group, bayonet lug and adapter and the rear sight base underwent some changes. 1953 to 1956 encountered basically no changes in design. The Tula star on the receiver was believed to be used late in 1955 or early on in 1956. The top receiver covers of these rifles were unmarked. REMEMBER that rebuilt SKS's can have different parts installed making the whole picture somewhat blurred. The rebuild marks are shown below, these are the 2 that I am familiar with. New information has disclosed several other rebuild marks. I will try and put a link to the page where you can find this information until I have permission to put it on my page. Link http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?370322-Soviet-Refurbishment-Facilities-Identified-(including-quot-1-quot-) The one on the left looks like this [/ ] and is usually found on the receiver cover and butt stock. The one on the right looks more like this <> and usually is up and down instead of sideways. These are found on the receiver cover. There are others found in different places on the gun, usually the receiver. See Page 31 for the chart of Russian Refurb facilities with thanks to Ruslan Chumak for the chart and RyanE for the translation.
Rebuild marks are circled on above photo
This page is still under Construction!!
Started in 1999 by Yooper John. All rights reserved.
Revised: 04 Mar 2016 12:54:28 -0600.