first sks, norinco
i receved this norinco sks (26 mil serial # is what year?).
2 questions, can anybody id the mag release on this rifle, and are sks's typically heavy or is it all the accesories?
Can't determine the year by the serial number. Yes, SKS's are normally heavy. Looking at the cut off Bayonet lug, it looks to be a late post ban import.
The mag release is new for me.
If it has a Triangle 26 factory code there are lots of places on the net to tell you the year it was made.
Yep, all the accessories make that rifle heavy. Get a wood stock and lose the weight. Lose the flash hider and maybe the scope set up.
The mag release is an aftermarket from many eons ago. It was made to make changing out the "duckbill" mags more like and AK mag change.
We'll need a pic of the serial number to determine the year of manufacture. The basic rule is to add the "million" number to 1956 - i.e. a serial of 8,XXX,XXX would be a '64.
To lose weight, discard the cumbersome and near "worthless-for -cheekweld-and-sight-picture" dragunov style stock. It's an anchor and I've found no practical use for them since you can't see what you are shooting at if you can't pick up a sight picture.
My guess is that the mag release is plastic? If so, then it is just a Tapco extended release. I've never seen a housing surrounding a release like that. Another guess - it's home made.
the mag release is all metal. the release lever actually pushes on the factory lever which is hidden in the housing. it looks like a well built piece as it is all milled.
are the wood or fiberglass jungle stocks lighter?
Both the wood and the fiberglass Jungle Stocks are lighter than the existing stock.
And does that mag release have a name on it?
The 'add a million' only applies to one company. Norinco was at one time, dozens of factories, each with it's own symbols.
Most of the non-'triangle 26' rifles were made in the '70s.