It appears to me that is a slight re-crown. Near all refurb. Russians had that done to them.Very nice rifle! I see the bore is chrome-lined. I also have an SKS but the chrome lining doesn't seem to extend as far up the muzzle as yours. Is this something that changes from rifle to rifle? My chrome lining just peeps out of the end of the muzzle and yours' extends quite a lot further. I think you did well with your purchase, now time to throw some lead out the gun!
The gas tubes were nearly all EP'd on a refurb Carbine. This was done to be able to match that exactly fit tube back to the original receiver.Nice Gun! How you did depends on what you paid, also it it not all matching since it is ep'd so it is considered force matched!
The Russians were very critical about quality and condition of these. If it even looked like the crown had a scratch, I think theyThat would help explain the differences. Mine still has the original crown, nicely rounded and yet it is a refurb as well. I sure like these rifles.
Thank you sir. I was rather afraid I overpaid for a common sks although mint bore. I like the laminate stock. Are these undesirable?You did extremely well. Notice the backwards N at right of S/N. Farther right is a small star. Receiver cover top unstamped.
You sir found what we collectors call a "Letter Gun." That N stands for an I in English. These are thought to be the last of the Russian SKS Carbines made in early 1956. The metal looks very nice and this rifle is about as new as you could find. These are not that common to even find. The price for one in that condition was real good. It appears to me that rifle only had the Arctic Birch stock replaced. Even your rear site is original. Not an un-blued one as on most refurbs. Very fortunate to find one of these!!!:clap:
Stocks are an individual preference on a refurb. Many guys do not like the XXXX out numbers and the re-stamp on AB stocks. The finish is usually, unless abused, in better shape than many AB are.Thank you sir. I was rather afraid I overpaid for a common sks although mint bore. I like the laminate stock. Are these undesirable?
Yes, it is a Chinese I am pretty certain. There are many slings for sale saying Russian, but most right now are not an as issued type for the SKS. Here is a link to one that does appear original to me.That sling is not the one that was on it. I put that one on as the original sling was getting rotten around the rivets. What is the sling on it now? chinese?