Photos of my Norinco SKS
I bought this rifle in 1989 during the height of the assault weapons scare and prices were somewhat inflated then even on SKS's despite them not being subject to the bans due to their fixed mags. It seemed like every gun nut on the face of this earth bought one because they were fairly cheap. Ironically, Clinton banned importation of Chinese firearms a few years later and the market for them shot up. I bought it out of Shotgun News from a place called Birmingham Pistol Parlor, it was imported by an outfit called 'Keng's Firearms Specialties" and is marked very professionally under the cleaning rod with 'KFS', the caliber, and 'made in China'. I seem to recall the ad saying something about the rifles being manufactured in the 1970's for issue to Chinese troops but were never issued.
I have one just like it but the Paratrooper model. Got mine in '87 for $69.
I paid $139 for this rifle in 1989 and in 1996 you could buy them for $79 out of Shotgun News.
I never in my wildest dreams thought it would have any collector's interest or be considered a 'high quality' firearm, guess I was wrong!
This SKS is built like a sewing machine compared to the Romanian WASR10 I recently purchased.
I have 3 bought back in the early 90's
Nice, I paid $89 back in 89.
That is one fine looking rifle, sir. And welcome to the Forum.
I got mine last year. Traded a NIB never been fired Ruger 10/22. So, I guess I paid about $160.00 for mine.
Even at today's prices, which seem to run $250. - $300. for an unmodified example in nice condition, I think chinese SKS' are a huge bang for the buck.
I got my norinco from a cop back in chicago about 15 yrs ago,he,and 2 other cops bought 1 each,and split 1k rnds chinese ammo.I put a 35.00 a/c line on his car,and I got the rifle,and 1/3rd of the ammo.it still had grease in the barell.I miss those deals.
I have 3 of them I paid 60 bucks a piece back in 91 and the ammo was 10 bucks for a 100 rounds .
I got mine in 92' for $79.99...if I remember right through Shotgun news too.