1st Pics of the new Russian


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doc540
November 7, 2008, 02:58 PM
Looks to be in good shape, will shoot it for the first time tomorrow.

I'd appreciate your comments and info regarding the stampings and markings.

Thanks!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/000_0382-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/000_0384-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/000_0377-2.jpg

(fine print stamp is: "CDI SWAN VT")
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/000_0367-1.jpg

I've been reading up on the markings, but thought I'd have you experts confirm.

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grimjaw
November 7, 2008, 03:08 PM
The markings on the right side of the receiver ("C.D.I", "CCCP", etc) are importer's marks. The mark on the top of the receiver cover is the original manufacturer's mark, Tula star. I don't see one from your pictures, but it might have a refurb mark on it (usually a rectangle/square with a diagonal line through it).

jm

doc540
November 7, 2008, 03:08 PM
Thanks, but I have yet to find a refurb mark.

bang_bang
November 7, 2008, 03:12 PM
I have always loved the look of the wood grain on the Russian versions. Very nice, I wish I could find a used Russian around here.

doc540
November 7, 2008, 03:43 PM
This one came from a buy selling them on gunbroker.

I called him with a question of one up for auction, and he told me about this one.

I think I got lucky.

BHP FAN
November 7, 2008, 03:55 PM
I think you somehow got in my gun safe!That looks just like mine!

FMJMIKE
November 7, 2008, 07:18 PM
Very nice rifle....I remember when they were selling for under $100.......:D

Davo
November 7, 2008, 07:44 PM
Great looking rifle! I like the stock. Reminds me Ive gotta stretch my yugos legs now that its cooling off in the desert.

SimpleIsGood229
November 7, 2008, 08:12 PM
Very nice! The star and arrow (as on your SKS) is the mark of Tula Arsenal. A triangle and arrow is the mark of Izhevsk Arsenal.

Take care of it! Russian SKSs are getting harder to find.

Starship1st
November 7, 2008, 09:21 PM
That is a very nice looking rifle. I would enjoy shooting it. Have a great time tomorrow. :cool:

doc540
November 7, 2008, 10:46 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8771-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8772-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8774-1.jpg
[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8781-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8782-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8784-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8776-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SKS/100_8778-1.jpg

What do all those numbers and markings tell us?

Took it to the range today and burned about 50 rounds through it. What a FUN shooting gun!

Please bear with me if I act too excited. This is my first experience with an SKS and it's beyond my best expectations!

and thanks for all you help!

transformerguru
November 8, 2008, 12:23 AM
nice nice nice

rangerruck
November 8, 2008, 12:44 AM
as much as I absolutely hate everything there is about the sks, that is a
right purdy one...

Kind of Blued
November 8, 2008, 01:06 AM
Nice wood, nice metal... I guess that means, nice rifle. :)

TheGrimReaper
November 8, 2008, 01:49 AM
Looks Awsome!!! Congrats man!!!

stubbicatt
November 8, 2008, 10:29 AM
The hardwood stock and "in the white" bayonet are indicative of a non refurb. Fun rifles to own and shoot.

jd46561
November 8, 2008, 11:16 AM
Very nice!!!! :)

frogomatic
November 8, 2008, 11:29 AM
you got a good gun there. I've got a '51 tula SKS that's good shooter (knocks down bowling pins at 150-175yds all day long) One thing I found about mine is that russian guns love russian ammo. I spent six months working on handloads to see if I could improve on the accuracy I got from wolf ammo and could never even come close. I dunno why, i used the best components I could get (even when out of my way to find high quality bullets in .311") and really took care to load as precisely as I could, one cartridge at a time on a good single stage. No handload I ever made performed as well as nasty old wolf ammo. And I've never been able to figure out why. I just chalked it up to "russian gun + russian ammo = good stuff" just my 2 cents.

I did a refinish/reblue on mine while I was at CST, I posted a bunch of pictures of the before and after in the gunsmithing section here. do a search for SKS refinish if you'd like to see how it went.

Pilot
November 8, 2008, 12:36 PM
The hardwood stock and "in the white" bayonet are indicative of a non refurb.

Not necessarily. I have two Russian Tula arsenal SKS's. Both are refurbs. One has an in the white bolt and bayonet the other has a black painted bolt and in the white bayonet.

I don't see one from your pictures, but it might have a refurb mark on it (usually a rectangle/square with a diagonal line through it).


I don't see that mark on it either nor any XXX's over serial numbers on the stock. It looks like a non-refurb to me. Nice find!

ccsniper
December 2, 2008, 12:49 AM
is my russian unique? my bolt is also black.

wacki
December 2, 2008, 12:54 AM
reup pics?

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