coaledsweat wrote:A lot of those have chrome barrels, most are very well made. Is yours a Soviet Army issue or aftermarket, Chinese? Is the bayonet flat or three sided? Some of the early '50s Soviet SKSs are getting very pricey.
I was told the one I purchased was Army issued but I'm really not sure how to tell. No chrome barrel and flat bayonet but I don't think it's the original bayonet.
At the rear of the reciever there should be a date stamped. An early 50s SKS can be worth $500 or more. A wooden stock, #s matching weapon can go to $750 or more for the right one. The later ones have a stamped steel clip on the end of the barrel for the bayonet, these will not command the higher prices. If its early, my brothers buddy has 4-5 and is looking for more, let me know what the stampings are (date, manufacturer, proofs, rework, etc.) if you want to sell it.