Originally Posted By BenDover:
So is there any way to check import date for an SKS at all? I have a Norinco Chinese Paratrooper with a 59## serial.
The Paras are all post-ban. They are commercial guns made for the US market, and were imported after 1990.
There's no way to find out the import date of a rifle other than getting ahold of BATF's records (yeah, right), the importers records (equally unlikely), or having the original paperwork from the first sale of the rifle.
There are no serial number lists, because unlike new rifles leaving the factory in sequence, most are surplus rifles and will have random serial numbers. Plus, importers aren't going to go through 100,000 non-organized paper records to try to get information for you.