New Production SKS?


May 19, 2006, 06:01 PM
I would like a new production, new in box, SKS rifle.

Do they still make them?

If so, can a local dealer get them with relative ease?

How much should they cost?

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May 19, 2006, 06:22 PM
The good news is the Chinese has all the tooling and would be happy to sell you a NIB SKS (even one that will take AK Mags)...... The bad news is the Gov. has banned them and other "assault" weapons for US consumption.

May 19, 2006, 06:42 PM
The last Yugo SKS was in the box and all the paperwork indicated is was made in 1989---Zavasta is still making them.

May 19, 2006, 06:53 PM
Are you looking for the last of the Norinco ones that were last imported back in the late 1990's?, the ones with the factory bob'd bayonet lugs?

Cant say that I blame ya there, I have owned a few SKS's in various configurations from various countries and those are by far my favorite SKS variant.

They might not have the collector value of the Russian versions but they sure do handle & shoot alot better (IMHO) than any of the others I have owned/shot.

You still might beable to find one in good condition at a gunshow but I highly doubt you'll find a NIB one these days, ever since all Norinco products were banned from import into the US even the used ones have become kinda hard to find (at least around these parts).

May 19, 2006, 07:10 PM
It appears that Zastava still makes the M59/66. It is listed as a Sporting Rifle.

Are these being imported?

Ohen Cepel
May 19, 2006, 07:23 PM
Think the closest to new you're going to get are the current Yugo surplus guns. Excellent condition/unissued ones are still available and under $200. Hard to beat!

Not sure about the Zastava imports. However, I don't think they are coming in.

May 19, 2006, 08:08 PM
The Yugo/Zastavas 59/66's are *OK* but the steel used to produce them has no chrome-moly alloy in it, and because of this they are heavy & a bit unwieldy (they had to make the 59/66's beefier because of the inferior steel used).

The barrels are also not chrome-lined so you want to make sure to clean them real good if you shoot any corrossive surplus ammo in them.

(Yugoslavia has no native chromium deposits ...)

They still function fine and shoot pretty decent but they are much heavier than other SKS variations.

I could probably let go of one of my spare late model Norinco's (I bought a couple spare ones right after the ban, I only fired 1 stripper clip through each of the spares to check to make sure they functioned before putting them into long term storage) but I'll need to look into what they are worth for these days before I can quote you a price on them though.

I bought the extras as "hand-out" SHTF rifles but I have since swapped out my SHTF rifles/cartridge to 5.56x45mm so I could probably part with one or two of them to make room in the safe.

If you are interested let me know and I will look into what would be a fair price for them.

May 19, 2006, 09:01 PM
Actually I found quite a few Norinco SKS's on

So I think I'll have to retract my offer to sell a couple of mine, having a few spare rifles around might come in handy some day & I dont want to regret selling them off now if they ever become needed in the future.

Regardless, you should most definately buy one of the Norinco's off of over one of the Yugo/Zastavas 59/66's.

May 20, 2006, 01:49 AM
Friday, 05-19-06 there were 5 Norincos at Collectors, Houston starting at $199 including one M model.

May 20, 2006, 02:24 AM
Its just the import of Chinese firearms that are banned after 1994, because of what happened at Tiananmen Square. Before then the SKS could be imported from 89 to 94 with the bayonet removed and before then with no limits at all.

Of course nothing else from China was banned from import and they had to appease the anti China voters and got massive thumbs up from US firearms makers because the Chinese accounted for 1/3 of all firearm sales at the time and the domestic companies were really peed off about it.

May 20, 2006, 02:47 AM
any of you ever heard of a 59/66 A1? supposedly I have one. it's got flip down night sights. is the value any different?

May 20, 2006, 07:35 AM
I was under the impression that all 59/66s had flip down night sights. Would anybody care to correct me on this?

Car Knocker
May 20, 2006, 10:53 AM
Its just the import of Chinese firearms that are banned after 1994,

Not quite correct. Chinese shotguns are still imported. Davidson's has about 200 in stock at the moment.

May 20, 2006, 01:43 PM
I was under the impression that all 59/66s had flip down night sights. Would anybody care to correct me on this?They do. Most have the flip up sights painted with luminecent paint, but a few have real tritium night sights. I have one of the latter, but the sights are very dim.

any of you ever heard of a 59/66 A1?Yes, there is a 59/66 and a 59/66A1. I can't remember the differences though. Maybe somebody here knows the details.

May 20, 2006, 01:54 PM
A1 are the ones with tritium inserts for night sight. Non-A1 is just phospherous night sights.

May 21, 2006, 02:47 AM
when I bought the SKS it had an orange tag on it, it said 59/66 A1. but mine has the phospherous sights... are you sure?

also, what I did with those sights, to make them usable again, I went to a local hobby store, and bought a small jar of glow in the dark phospherous paint, and redid the sights. looks 100% better now.

May 21, 2006, 06:41 AM
The additional weight of a 59/66 is in the stock, the metal weighs the same as other SKSs if you take into account the additional weight of the grenade launcher. The additional weigh is in the heavier duty stock which is made to stand up to the pounding of the rgenade launcher. The Yugo without the grenade launcher weighs the same as any other SKS. The barrels are not chrome lined, but many other fine firearms don't have chrome lined barrels either. The Yuge Mausers don't have chrome lined barrels and are considered very good guns. The quality of Yugoslavian arms has been a standard for years, the 59/66 is as well made as the Russian SKS.
The main problem with the 59/66 is the gas valve. When the guns were not cleaned properly when fired with corrosive ammo, the valve and tube could become pitted and let too much gas to bleed off. There are replacements available. For more info check out

May 21, 2006, 04:38 PM
I believe the 59/66A1 has night sights, the 59/66 does not. The night sights can be either tritium or phosphor. Mine (made in 1974) are phosphor. I tried to get them to glow in the dark and had zero luck with it.

Commissar Gribb
May 21, 2006, 04:46 PM
I'd like to see SKS's in different calibers


5.56 SKS?

9mm SKS?

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