Recently I been searching for an SKS after getting beat to the draw on a Norinco I saw in advertised local for $260 that I thought was a good deal. After a few phone calls to local dealers I found two (new surplus) at a great price ($235) near me. I drove out to look this morning and after checking out the two SKSs they had on the shelf, I brought one home this morning. The other SKS has a little nicer stock, but the metal work on the one I picked seems to have a smoother and flusher fitting appearance. The bores on both were dirty, but I could not see any rust or pits on either. It has a darker stock, not the light colored wood I’m used to seeing from China SKSs
One site I found dated it to late 1956 with the 6 digit serial number. It does have the 26 in a triangle on the left of the receiver. So I believe it was made at the Jianshe Arsenal in China. There is a C.A.I. Georgia, VT stamped on the barrel which I believe means it was imported by Century Arms International located in in Georgia Vermont. That is about all I have found out (or guessed at) so far. I need to clean it real good, oil the stock and buy some ammo to test it out next.
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