Russian wikipedia says developed in 1970. Officially in service as of early 70iesDoes any one know when the 1PN34 was first made/ used in service? I am looking at a documented rifle with 1970 provenance but it has a 1PN34... we’re they used this early? Any googling does not give me a definitive answer. Any help appreciated.
hmm this doesn’t smell right then as I’ve been suspecting..Russian wikipedia says developed in 1970. Officially in service as of early 70ies
Excellent info, thank you!!Ah yes I’ve see that rifle. No not original. To my knowledge the Russians did not field that weapon with a night vision capability. I’ve got the 1981 edition of the Soviet manual “Guide to the Use of Night Sights on Small Arms” which shows just about every combination of night optic and infantry weapons system produced in the Soviet Union up to that date. No depiction of the SKS.
That being said the Cubans for example have modified SKS rifles for the 1pn34 and 1pn58, and the Yugoslavians did as well to use the ZRAK PN 5x80 so I suppose you can’t totally discount the notion that the rifle for sale could be some sort of legitimate later field/armorer
modification that was captured.