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Type 86S

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Knowing that its poor etiquitte to make a first post like this, I'm suitably embarassed, but I hope to get an answer for a classic newbie question.

I have a Type 86S AK that was purchased new (by me) in the late 80's, pre-ban obviously, and other than firing about 100 rounds and attaching the sling, its in excellent original condition with all original equipment, in box. Serial # in the 100s.

I am re-aligning my small collection and have decided to sell the 86S, but I haven't sold a gun in years, never sold one on-line, and I don't have a sense of this gun's worth.

Any advice on current market value, and the best forum or broker site for giving this gun some exposure would be greatly appreciated.

<Edit>Hoping this won't be interpreted as an offer to sell - obviously that's my ultimate intent, but this post is not the vehicle for that, just hoping to gain some knowledge.
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Which sites would be best for listing a collector-oriented AK like this?
There's some great advice here, thanks a lot, its greatly appreciated.

I agree about low serial #s being less important (unless maybe #1 or in the first 10), though in the case of the Type 86S, there were design elements that changed over the short production period, so the early production is a bit physically different from the late production guns. Most of these style differences related to the carry-handle, rear sight elevator, and charge-handle designs.

There were so few of these - only for the export market, never distributed in the PLA - that its almost like a long string of evolving prototypes rather than a standardized production run. In any corporation there are serious projects and more whimsical projects, and I can't help but think that one of the design teams at Norinco had fun with this thing.
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