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Bought my first SKS recently, always wanted one for my Russian collection. Ended up getting a 1953r Tula refurb in a laminate stock. I know its not one of the rarer ones, but looks beautiful. Its all matching, with the magazine being an EP'd force match. The laminate stock in the orange/red shellac looks great in the sunlight. The finish on the metal looks good, the bore is immaculate. Should be a good shooter and is a fine addition to my collection.
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If you are going to own an SKS it best be Russian and Tula. Back in the day they were like $129 with a spam can of ammo to boot. That was like 1983 when I sat up a book table at gun shows for extra cash. I regret never getting one. If I remember correct, they were in some sort of paper wrap- arsenal redone, new. Now the opened dogs with mixed parts and line outs were also around for much less. A huge number of surplus Russian, like new, SKS rifles were dumped onto the U.S. market in the 1980s you could buy a mixmaster dog SKS for as little as $79, but you did not get a tin or two of free ammo. Slippery boy, Clinton and the “Assault Weapon Ban” of 1994 put a halt to sales and prices doubled. Nice Russian examples are a hard find and command top buck. That is one nice Ruskie. In WI it is not uncommon to see prices around $700, more if it is non import marked.
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.