Original CHINESE Vietnam Era Military Surplus Type 56
Chinese SKS Rifles Manufactured at the famous Jianshe Arsenal #26
7.62x39, semi-auto. Includes 10 round box mag and spike type folding bayonet.
These rifles are in good to very good used condition and 100% functional! These
are military turn ins so expect some battle scars. Stored in heavy cosmoline.
What A Find. These historic and highly popular Chi-Com
rifles were banned from importation by the Clinton Administration in the early
1990's. This small group of rifles was stored in a neutral country for over 20
years before being granted an exception for import and are available now at
Rifles are complete and functional but expect varying
degrees of bluing wear ( some heavy, some less ) , and stocks with dents,
dings, scratches, digs, gouges, and discoloration from service use, handling
and storage. Further concerning the stocks, most stocks are solid but
some may have small cracks and / or in some cases even a little trench
art. We have not found any that are broken or unsafe to use as these have
all been sorted out by the importer. You can expect a good solid shooter, but
in most cases, not a really pretty stock. However we have done a thorough inspection
on these and there are a lot of exceptions to that rule as many are quite nice
so the cosmetic condition is pretty much all over the place. I even found
some that looked darn close to being unissued with really nice stocks and 100%
blue, but those were the exception... not the rule. Overall I would say that
these guns average about 80% of new condition cosmetically. Now I like the way
they look overall and many are actually pretty nice but to be clear, and so
nobody can say we didn't represent them properly, there are a number of ugly
stocks in there so expect an ugly stock.
Same goes for the bluing however to a far lesser extent. We
have seen some guns with excessive bluing wear but I would say that is the
exception as most of these guns are running 80% plus in the blued department
with many being closer to 100%. The good news is we did not see any rust on any
of the rifles ( at least above the stock line ) and due the amount of cosmoline
on them, I don't think you will.
We do offer a hand select in which we will pick the best of
10 from any particular group. Now remember, the more rifles that sell, and the
more hand selects are drawn from the lot, the lower the standard for the hand
select will be even though it will still be the best of 10. As such, the early
bird gets the worm so to speak on the best of the hand selects.
We guarantee that all rifles will function properly. We
inspected them and tested them by making sure the firing pin is not stuck and
the trigger and safety are working properly.
Important Safety Warning - Please note, as with any surplus
firearm we advise that you have the rifle inspected by a competent gunsmith
before firing. In addition all cosmoline needs to be thoroughly cleaned from
the rifle... especially from the bore, the gas system, trigger group and the
bolt group and special care needs to be taken to insure that the firing pin
moves freely within the lower bolt.
SKS rifles are designed with a Free Floating Firing Pin and
as such can be prone to Accidental Discharge or " Slam Fire's " if
the firing pin should happen to get stuck in the out position. This can occur
due to the firing pin being rusted and stuck in the out position or due to the
channel containing the firing pin getting clogged with any type of dirt
or debris that would prevent the firing pin from moving back and forth freely
within the lower bolt. Even heavy cosmoline within the bolt body can clog the
firing pin channel preventing the firing pin from receding back into the bolt
face quickly enough thereby causing a discharge upon the chambering of a round.
As such, it is very important to not only clean the lower bolt thoroughly
before firing but also to keep a check on the lower bolt to be sure that the
firing pin is moving freely back and forth within the bolt body. Also, as
with all firearms, always chamber a round in a safe direction and never point
your firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Now for the good stuff.
These are all very early rifles - i.e. Pre Vietnam to
Early Vietnam Era rifles which probably saw use in that conflict...
As original early military rifles they contain Mil Spec
parts based on the manufacturing protocol in use by that particular military
contract factory during the time period that they were produced. All of these
rifles have a barrel lug which can be seen between the rear sight and the
receiver indicating that they are threaded in rather than pinned in barrels. In
addition , most of the trigger groups are milled ( from my observation around
70% ) but some are stamped. While there is no practical difference between the
function of a milled trigger and a stamped trigger many people consider the
milled trigger groups to be superior quality and as such in addition to a hand
select for cosmetic, we also offer a hand select to insure a milled trigger.
Most that I have seen have a cleaning rod however we do not
guarantee a cleaning rod unless you choose a hand select. All will have a
folding spike type bayonet.
The SKS rifle fires 7.62x39 ammunition from a 10 round box
magazine but detachable high cap mags are inexpensive and very easy to obtain.
These are C & R Eligible
After market stocks, magazines and accessories are plentiful
and easy to install, and they are just plain cool guns.
Don't let my overly honest description fool you, we have
intentionally been hyper critical and have tried to paint a worst case scenario
because we want to be brutally honest as to the worst possible case scenario
and we do not want to deal with returns due to not meeting your expectations.
We learned a long time ago that even though we tell folks that any rifle is a
well used surplus former military rifle that has been drug through the mud and
the blood, they still somehow expect to get a brand new Belgium Browning. As
such, we would rather portray the worst case and have you pleasantly surprised
upon receipt than vice versa.
In truth, we really like what we have seen so far, and
we think that as long as you know going in exactly what they are, that
you will be pleased with them too. Thus the super long description. All of the
guys on staff have seen these and commented about how much better these look
than the small group we had a couple of years ago, and how they think folks
will be even happier with these, and these guys are all shooters and gun
nuts.... that is always a good sign.
They are historically significant, and make a fine addition
to any collection.....