How can I tell if my SKS is a chinese or russian?


September 17, 2004, 08:35 PM
My SKS has the Bayonet on the front and I was told that the ones with the bayonets were the Russian models and the ones without the bayonet were the chinese....Is this correct? if not what is the difference?
Are there any problems known with this rifle? Thanks! drf

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September 17, 2004, 08:44 PM
Since it's a removable part, don't go by the bayonet, go by the markings; if you can post a picture of any markings, I can guarantee you'll have your answer within 5 minutes.

September 17, 2004, 09:04 PM
I cant post a picture. I dont have a digital camera....

What type of markings are you referring to???drf

September 17, 2004, 09:08 PM
Identifying the Origin of a SKS. (

lee n. field
September 17, 2004, 10:10 PM
The presence or absence of Chinese characters on the side?

September 17, 2004, 11:14 PM
Offer it some vodka.

September 18, 2004, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the Web address that helped out very much....
No Chinese markings.....Its a Russian even though it didnt shoot well after the 5th of Vodka I poured dont the barrel.........drf

Jim K
September 18, 2004, 09:47 PM
A mere fifth of vodka won't even get a Russian moving in the morning, let alone doing anything accurately.


September 19, 2004, 12:23 AM
Get yourself a bottle of vodka and some rice.
If it eats the rice, it's Chinese.
If it drinks the vodka, it's Russian.
If it complains that the rice is too cold and that the vodka isn't cold enough, it has had too many American parts installed on it. :D

September 19, 2004, 06:10 PM
If its a Russian, it will have a star on the top of the receiver cover.

September 20, 2004, 11:01 AM
If the sights are slanty, then it's Chinese. :evil:



[discraimer to rurkers and most honorable guests who may have been offended, yes, Skunkabilly is a Chinese name]

Pat Theman
January 27, 2007, 06:59 PM
My 1952 russian has a star with an arrow inside on top of the rear reciever cover. Below the star is printed 1952r. on the rear of the same piece is the #'s that match. Ive been told that all russian made sks's have the star. unfortunetly there are alot of available replacements for that piece. if your gun has a replacement on it, it may be hard to tell. Also mine is printed 7.62x39 Russian on the front right of the barrel below the import marks.

January 27, 2007, 07:42 PM
There are plenty of other types of SKS' too from Romanians, Albanians, Yugoslavian and a whole host of other countries that used them.

The only Chinese SKS' without bayonets that came into the country that way were ones imported between 1990 and 1993, after Bush banned military like features on imported firearms which just happened to include bayonets. So when they were removed they were legal again. Other features of course include high capacity removable magazines, folding stocks, distinct trigger handles, night sights, grenade launchers a whole list of other stuff, since they belonged to the whole must ban every firearm without a clear sporting purpose way of thinking.

January 27, 2007, 07:59 PM
You might want to start doing some reading up on the subject at sites like this one.

And this one.

January 28, 2007, 11:36 AM

More good material on the SKS at this link.

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