Yugo SKS - $375?


March 7, 2009, 09:28 PM
I haven't been watching prices lately... my wife found a Yugo SKS on sale for $375. Does that seem high, or is that where things are now? It IS real nice wood, all matching... but the grenade launcher was removed, and a muzzle brake of some sort was welded on. Any luck with those?

It's a Century import, of course.

Thanks for the help!

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March 7, 2009, 09:42 PM
Yikes. I bought one for $161, delivered. It was a few years ago, but, yikes!

March 7, 2009, 09:50 PM
I got a used Yugo SKS for $209 a month ago. Wood was pretty beat up but everything else is pretty sound, aside from some blueing kinda fading. I think $300 is the most i'd be willing to throw down on a yugo SKS and thats pushing it.

March 7, 2009, 09:52 PM
Yeah, I remember paying $25o for one a few years ago and thinking THAT was too much... and it included 500 rounds of 7.62.

It seems high... but she does like it since it's matching and looks good. i gues not having a grenade launcher isn't a negative (but still!)

March 7, 2009, 10:20 PM
Around here they want $450.00 for an unissued Yugo SKS.

Smokey Joe
March 7, 2009, 10:28 PM
being what they are, the price of everything firearms-related seems to have gone through the roof. Was at a gun show Fri. and asking prices were unbelieveable, yet some were buying.

Sounds like what you've got is a California-legal Yugo SKS with the grenade launcher removed. Even given current prices, $375 seems a bit much for that.

@ my Fri. gun show, I saw a Russian SKS (the most collectible) with an asking price of $450. Today @ my favorite indoor range, there was a Chinese SKS with the very desirable 20-round mag--It was marked $295. By these standards, $375 is too much for any Yugo SKS.

March 7, 2009, 11:05 PM
they are still around 300$ here and there are plenty available

March 7, 2009, 11:42 PM
i went to a gun show today,talk about sticker shock, holly cow.I seen very few sks's,,now this was no hugh show. not what Im used to,,but people were pouring in,I didn't see much leaving the show, not like other shows I been to.
the one SKS had a price tage of 575, used,the owner wasnt happy with me,,I asked if he was on drugs,asking that for a SKS,,And it wasnt just the SKS price every gun,pistol. ammo was so over priced,I bought primmers and cleaning patches,then left.

So i guess it is what it is...

March 8, 2009, 12:20 AM
$400.00 for a well used one,around here.

March 8, 2009, 12:21 AM
$130 for mine.

March 8, 2009, 12:23 AM
Mainsail,at $130.00,you stole that,unless you bought it twenty years ago.....

March 8, 2009, 12:24 AM

That's up to the individual if you want to buy one for that price. $450 is the price around here, and that's if you can find them. Personally, I don't care for the Yugo SKS with the silly grenade launcher. I am glad I got my SKS rifles 2 years ago. Check around a bit, but unless you really want one, I'd suggest finding something else.

March 8, 2009, 12:28 AM
Thats an awesome looking rifle Mainsail, I'm really jealous about the way the wood looks! You got a real looker there.

Ignition Override
March 8, 2009, 12:29 AM
With so many people paying chump prices for the cheaper Wolf ammo, making it also difficult to find, why would many people want to buy an extra SKS, AK or Mini 30 in the near future? When this concept sinks in after a while, look for for real discounts as the news spreads. The blind followers of the panicky fad, the 'sheep' will realize that the other 'sheep' already have more money tied up in guns than they can afford to keep.

It is clear why there are so many still available at gun shows, no matter what the price etc. And many more are being manufactured to meet demand that will reach a peak or plateau. Plateaus don't last forever and prices will not rise forever.

In the near future, not only AR prices will fall, but other semi-autos will follow, with so many redundant rifles accumulating in closets. Many more jobs are at stake in most industries, not just in auto and supplier plants.
Not only 7.62x39, but imported .223 is also rather expensive.

TinyGnat: those clunky grenade launchers turned me off. They are definitely not carbines, and am glad that Norinco never bothered with them. Their thinking was correct, knowing the attraction of the standard and the 'Paratrooper'.
But for so many Yugo fans who have an ammo box stuffed with operational grenades, I can see why they are popular. Much quicker than waiting for a few fish to bite a hook (far fewer mosquito bumps to scratch). Even easier to bag a deer than using headlights-redneck style-to hypnotize them (yup-nice rack over the faahr plice).

March 8, 2009, 12:38 AM
$130 was the going rate when I bought it (three years ago) from AIM Surplus. I was going to sell it but my son pitched a fit and demanded I hang on to it.


March 8, 2009, 12:44 AM
Value is always what someone will pay.
They where well under a $100 before Clinton.
I have some of the old one's and a few tins of the preban ammo but even though I could sell the ammo and rifle for $200 bucks and see a profit, I have no reason to sell a fun little plinker.

March 8, 2009, 12:54 AM
I bought mine new for less then 100 bucks
ammo to my door was less then 100 bucks for 1400 rds. it depended on if it was on clips or loose.some cases were 1200 or so rds for lots less then 100..it depended on who was the company,,The price of this stuff is mind blowing,,.,And since there is no more importing from china, things kinded got out of controll.in my opinion,But thats my thinking,

March 8, 2009, 01:13 AM
Bought my norinco for $150 recently. Great rifle...

March 8, 2009, 06:11 AM
I remeber not more than 7 or 8 years ago when local shops had crates of Yugo's for $69 & $79. So yeah, $375 seems a bit steep. I paid $350 for my '54 Tula (Laminated stock) and $225 for a '53 Tula that I sold to a friend. Both were bought in early '07.

Personally, I wouldn't give more than fifty bucks for a Yugo. But then, I only have the Russkie as part of the Soviet collection that includes Mosin's, Nagant revolvers, etc. Not an SKS fan.

Ohio Gun Guy
March 8, 2009, 10:16 AM
To answer your question, the price is a historic High, but it may go HIGHER. That price right now is not bad....not great....but not bad. If it was in good shape, I had the money, I might buy it. Still a good deal for a semi auto 7.62x39. IMO!

Congratulations to all of those guys who bought years ago when they were inexpensive! (me included), but that isn't the reality right now.:scrutiny:

Redneck with a 40
March 8, 2009, 10:26 AM
Bought mine 3 years ago, for $150, its a Yugo 59/66. I'm sure glad I did, seeing where we are now.

March 8, 2009, 06:16 PM
I bought a yugo sks 5 years from dunhams sports center for $69
Sure the barrel looked like a sewer pipe but it was a great shooter.

It amazes me to see how expensive everything is getting.I am young (24) and I have seen some good changes in price.I can't imagine how it will be when I get older wow.

March 9, 2009, 03:37 PM
I paid $200 for an all-matching, unissued Yugo SKS 3 1/2 years ago. At the time, I knew I was paying too much, since the going rate was at least $50 less. But, that SKS was the best looking one I had ever seen, and it was right there, and I had $200 in my pocket... So... Why the heck not? I've heard milsurp collectors say that you can never pay too much--you're just buying too soon. That may not be 100 percent correct, but the thought is right.

March 9, 2009, 04:18 PM
When buying SKSs I like the ones that are in great shape mechanically, but beat up a bit. It makes me not try to cradle them and treat them too well to keep the wood in good condition.

March 9, 2009, 06:49 PM
I just put a Yugo in layaway for $269 OTD, new.

Last year I could buy them for $169...

March 9, 2009, 08:06 PM
paid $189 for non matching, no kit, Yugo in winter '08.
I would keep looking for that price. Saw a local listed Russian for $300 but that was abnormal.

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