I'm a Newbee could use some help
Hello everyone I'm new to this form and one of those people who bought a SKS back in the early 90's (for $89 at a place called Roses Dpt. store) and then sold it . I'm looking at buying another but need some input.
I have the opportunity to get one much like the one in this auction http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=172560574.
My first question is what is the deal with these plastic/bakelite top handguard. I have never seen a Chinese SKS with this type of handguard. Is this original?
My second question, is the bayonet legal?
The one I'm looking at getting has the number 26 in a triangle and the SN is in the 23,000,000 range followed by a "K", also their is the number 4 in a triangle stamped on the wood just below where the SN is. My research on the web tells me it's a 1979 mfg date. The guy told me it's only been fired about 100rds (seems like every gun for sale these day's only been fired 100rds) and looks like new with a nice chrome barrel.
My last question is $275 a good price these days?
Welcome to the forum. I thought I was gonna be able to help you, but after looking at the pic I am not familiar with the top handguard.
I acquired a para-trooper earlier this year and put it in a fiberglass jungle stock. But, it doesn't look like that. I traded a NIB never been fired 10-22 for mine, at a gun show.
If the one you're looking at looks as good as the one in the ad I would go for it at that price.
When I was looking for an SKS I got all my answers here, so I'm sure someone will post soon that can of more help.
This is mine.
The plastic "French Tickler" handguard is correct for the last two years of known production of import for the /26\ model. The one pictured is a 1979.
The handguards also came on the M21  models in '79 and '80. The stock will also have a relief cut out for the takedown lever on the receiver cover area.
The bayo is pre-ban and is perfectly legal as long as it is not against any local laws.
These are a high-grade production (bluing, milling) as far as Chinese workmanship is concerned, and have short collar barrel lug. Not particularly rare, but a nice gun overall to get back into the SKS game.
$275 would be a max for me to buy, but don't be surprised if it gets close to $300 or more for a nice one like that. I'm hoping you can steal it, though!
Hopefully, you can also get it for cheap. But I think even $275 would be too high for that rifle. I'd see what happens at around $200 then think about how committed you'd want to be to that particular rifle. Others can be found out there for cheaper.
Originally Posted By Rayman1:
Hopefully, you can also get it for cheap. But I think even $275 would be too high for that rifle.
I actually paid exactly $275. for one two years ago. It has a serial number in the 24,000,000 range, and the french tickler handgaurds. Condition is like new.
I don't think $275. or even $300. is at all out of line.
Thanks for all the great replies everyone looks like these are nice guns for the money.
Call me old fashioned but I like the look, feel and function of the SKS carbine. I don't think I would pay over $275 (maybe $280
) thanks for the advise on price.
Anyone know what the /4\ stamped in the wood stock just under where the SN is about?
Is their a spell checker on this form somewhere?