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11/22/2017 10:05:29 PM
Posted: 9/27/2004 3:04:25 AM EST
I only saw these advertised for a very short time, I like the looks of the longer upper handguard, and thought that I might like to have one. I have heard or read very little on this particular SKS, and now I don't even see them advertised anymore. What happened?
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 3:09:18 AM EST
All gone. There weren't that many to start with. The poorest of SKS rifles but certainly unique.

If you get desperate, I have one left. Cheap, as it may need a gas tube IIRC.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 4:15:24 AM EST
Well sir, thank you for the response, I guess if they aren't up to snuff, I should forget about them.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 6:06:45 AM EST
There isnt very miny of them around. It's been said that they are the straightist shooting of the sks's.
This came from surplusrifles.com.

Article Contributed by: Glyn Reinders

The Albanian SKS is now the rarest of all "imported" varieties of SKS found in the world, outside of the North Korean, East German, and Vietnamese models that were war "bring backs", with very few in existence. It is made of milled steel and fires the standard AK 7.62x39 mm cartridge like all SKS, but is different from other country's SKS in several ways.

Estimated production of Albanians over the years is shown in this chart, with figures gathered and put together by Glen Burton:

1967- 980
1968- 570
1969- 2800
1970- 2980
1971- 2620
1976- 160
1977- 660
1978- 4960
1979- 800
Undated- 420

Current opinion is that the undated models MAY be rifles produced in either 1975 or 1980, but this has yet to be proven.

So, there were an estimated 16,950 produced. For unknown reasons the Albanians destroyed or gave away nearly two thirds of them and it is believed that only 5700 are left in the world today. There have been reports that US Government led efforts "encouraged" the Albanian government to collect and destroy over 130,000 Albanian small arms (their SKS included) during the mid to late 1990's. This may be why we see limited numbers of them in the world market today.

My best guess is that, according to year produced, current world inventory may be:

1967- 320
1968- 180
1969- 970
1970- 1100
1971- 860
1976- 50
1977- 220
1978- 1850
Undated- 150

I base my assumptions on research I have done and correspondence with other collectors. I have also emailed various weapons and export ministers within Albania for information on production numbers and export figures, with limited response on their parts.


Gator.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 12:45:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By MickeyMouse:
All gone. There weren't that many to start with. The poorest of SKS rifles but certainly unique.

If you get desperate, I have one left. Cheap, as it may need a gas tube IIRC.


How much you want for it?
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 6:22:10 PM EST
$95 + frt to your FFL.
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