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?
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.
Well sir, thank you for the response, I guess if they aren't up to snuff, I should forget about them.
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:
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:
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.
How much you want for it?
$95 + frt to your FFL.