Where did the SKS's go?


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shotgunjoel
March 25, 2009, 09:51 AM
So why is it over about the last year that shops and websites don't have SKSs anymore? Was there some import problem, or is the supply finally drying up?

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H2O MAN
March 25, 2009, 09:52 AM
The AK replaced it ;)

bigmike45
March 25, 2009, 10:36 AM
I have seen at least one and sometime more in several gunstores I frequent here in Texas. Two of them are in Victoria and one was in Houston.

Ben Shepherd
March 25, 2009, 10:54 AM
There were only so many ever produced.......finite supply as it were. We're getting near the end of the supply chain. Same thing happened with M-1 carbines, Makarovs, etc.

Autopistola
March 25, 2009, 12:19 PM
The people who really like them bought multiple SKS's. I sold my norinco to a friend, regretted it, and bought two more at pre-BHO prices.

Mike U.
March 25, 2009, 12:24 PM
So, the simple answer is, they are in people's safes and in the back of their trucks.:D
FWIW, I just saw a Yugo covered in cosmoline, sitting on the rack at a local gun store with a $499.00 price tag on it.:eek:

mljdeckard
March 25, 2009, 01:13 PM
I just tapcoed, tech-sighted, and got a tin of ammo for a used Yugo, $576 total. Check the pawn shops.

brin747
March 25, 2009, 01:46 PM
Did I get the last reasonable priced one? Bought it two weeks ago, Yugo, all matching serial numbers, nice shiny bore for $299 and they threw in two boxes of ammo and a cover for it.

Geneseo1911
March 25, 2009, 02:36 PM
good grief. I turned one down three years ago at $120. Wish I had a time machine. Of course if I had a time machine, I'd be bringing back Thompson SMGs from the thirties, not SKSs. Of course, I'd have to stop by 1986 and register them on the way back. What a pain.

mljdeckard
March 25, 2009, 02:49 PM
The one I got was from a friend of mine. A few years ago at work, we were talking about guns, and he told me he wanted an AK so bad. I told him to go to Impact and buy one. (This is back when the Romanian ones were about $300.)

He got sold on a Yugo SKS instead. I think he paid about $180 for it. Shortly after, he got a sales job in New Jersey, and decided he couldn't take it with him, so I told him I would give him $100 for it with full visitation rights. He's back in Utah now, and he wishes he hadn't sold it to me.

bang_bang
March 25, 2009, 03:21 PM
I currently own two Norinco's and have owned a Yugo. I traded a .22 for the Yugo, shot it a few times, decided that it wasn't for me, and traded it on my Stevens Model 200.

My first SKS was one that my grandfather gave me. He bought it brand new at Roses for $100. It's still in great shape, with a few deer under it's belt and always kept clean and 100% original.

My newest one, an ugly Norinco Paratrooper model, was purchased not long ago for $200 shipped. The guy had painted it and put a folding stock on it. When he painted it, he didn't tape anything off and actually filled the receiver with Krylon. After some work, the receiver part is stripped of paint while the barrel is still Kryloned out. Shoots fine, functions great...a nice beater gun that I wouldn't be afraid to throw around the campsite or truck.

dak0ta
March 25, 2009, 03:23 PM
They're all in Canada. $250 for a Soviet SKS. $279 for unissued one.

Suicide*Ride
March 25, 2009, 03:27 PM
Wow..... :what:
I remember back during the Y2K scare, we were paying $90 ea. for NIB Chinese SKS's from our wholesalers & thought asking $159 + tax from "John Q. Fraidy Cat" was a stretch!

Even getting $225 for 1, after putting a cheap scope & a black plastic technostock on one, was quite a profit 10 yrs. ago, how can gun sellers justify $500 ea. now? I guess supply & demand....

Geneseo1911 said -Wish I had a time machine. Of course if I had a time machine, I'd be bringing back Thompson SMGs from the thirties, not SKSs.

Geneseo1911, why not go back to 1911, pick up ser#0001 1911 Colt, & then go forwards, straight to 2300AD & pick up a Phased Plasma rifle in 40 watt range? :D:D:D

Howaido
March 25, 2009, 04:30 PM
I just saw a Yugo covered in cosmoline, sitting on the rack at a local gun store with a $499.00 price tag on it.

:D

It's funny because it's true.

RP88
March 25, 2009, 04:35 PM
Samco still has them. Lot's of surplus sites do. There are still a good deal of them. It's just that most shops don't get much money off them compared to handguns and AKs, ARs, etc. so they just don't bother carrying them. Not anymore at least, since SKS's arent exactly a craze gun now.

zoom6zoom
March 25, 2009, 04:42 PM
They're out there... I just got an Albanian and a Russian from one of my favorite shops this week.

22-rimfire
March 25, 2009, 04:46 PM
When they were $90-$100 a piece at gunshows, I still didn't want one. That has not changed.

Spyvie
March 25, 2009, 04:54 PM
Don't you guys pay any attention to the mainstream media? All the "assult rifles" in America have been snatched up by Mexican drug lords.

Wish I had a time machine. Of course if I had a time machine, I'd be bringing back Thompson SMGs from the thirties, not SKSs.

Geneseo1911, why not go back to 1911, pick up ser#0001 1911 Colt, & then go forwards, straight to 2300AD & pick up a Phased Plasma rifle in 40 watt range?

Because it doesn't work that way, only flesh and blood will go through... jesh!

greyling22
March 25, 2009, 07:58 PM
I bought a norinco at a pawn shop a year ago for $150. gave it to my brother who wants to trade it for a 30/30. moron.

benzy2
March 25, 2009, 08:00 PM
I love mine. I wish I would have picked a crate of them up when they were $90 a piece. I do remember buying ammo by the pound using a scoop out of a 55 gallon drum. I wish those prices were back as well.

bluerider450
March 25, 2009, 08:27 PM
I bought a Norinco this summer from a local gunshop for 200. I also got a converted saiga 12 there for 450 this summer. Good deals!

Starship1st
March 25, 2009, 08:31 PM
I should have bought one when they were cheap and readily available. :(

Nowhere Man
March 25, 2009, 08:39 PM
I remember wood crates filled with them at the sporting goods store. $69 each.

I recently paid $250 for this one;
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/sharksnufr/Yugo5966003.jpg

Dr. Fresh
March 25, 2009, 08:48 PM
I paid $330 for mine. I felt like I overpaid, since it was about a year ago, but now I think I got a deal!

gallows
March 25, 2009, 08:58 PM
dak0ta: They're all in Canada. $250 for a Soviet SKS. $279 for unissued one. Yep we are swimming in guns at low prices now that Obama is in. Every thing just went north haha.

Claude Clay
March 25, 2009, 09:29 PM
found standing in a corner.....
looks lonely

http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/4386/pict0040v.th.jpg (http://img207.imageshack.us/my.php?image=pict0040v.jpg)

AllAmerican
March 25, 2009, 09:54 PM
I recently paid $250 for my SKS.

I have a line on another and may pick it up in a week or so.

Ill take (2) SKS's over (1) AK any day of the week. JMHO.

jad0110
March 25, 2009, 09:54 PM
Where did the SKS's go?

I imagine a sizeable chunk of them are encased in cosmoline and PVC pipe, burried all across the fruited plain. :evil:

ssbn731g
March 25, 2009, 10:12 PM
I picked up 2 of them last month. A yugo for 125 and a chinese model D for 150 I think it was. I am also in hot pusuit of another at this time. they are there, just keep looking. I am not into the PVC thing but a nice vacuum sealed bag works well;)

tbrowning87
March 25, 2009, 10:13 PM
I feel like an idiot, about a 2 and a half years ago I bought a SKS with all matching numbers at a sporting goods store in oregon for $120. Less than a year ago I hocked it at a gun show for $90, and then I went and bought a used 10/22 for $100.

tbrowning87
March 25, 2009, 10:16 PM
I just went to a gun show in portland over the weekend. And I couldn't find a SKS for under $300.
So I wish I would have held onto mine.

Duke of Doubt
March 25, 2009, 11:13 PM
Geneseo1911: "Wish I had a time machine. Of course if I had a time machine, I'd be bringing back Thompson SMGs from the thirties, not SKSs. Of course, I'd have to stop by 1986 and register them on the way back. What a pain."

Yeah, when I stopped over in 1986 around this time of year I overshot my parameters and wound up in the middle of a Ukrainian power plant. I think I flipped the wrong switch or something.

Kivaari
March 25, 2009, 11:51 PM
Very utilitarian rifle, imho. Likely the most prolific one as well.

Tune the trigger, tighten the stock fit, use a sling, and practice a lot.

Dr. Fresh
March 26, 2009, 12:51 AM
practice a lot.

Would if I could find any Wolf ammo. Haha

BHP FAN
March 26, 2009, 01:08 AM
''Ill take (2) SKS's over (1) AK any day of the week. JMHO...''

amen,brother.

sarduy
March 26, 2009, 01:20 AM
i got mine for $189 (hand picked from AIM) last year

http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/40653/2451305740095461090S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2451305740095461090tDHHhq)

Ignition Override
March 26, 2009, 01:45 AM
Gallows:

That is nice, but whatever money you Canadian guys save on the Russian SKS etc, you have already spent (and more) on taxes, as with so many Belgians, Germans, Nederlanders etc: i.e. for socialized medicine, govt. pension plans.
Wish I could visit your cities more often, and they are much safer to walk around than US cities.

We get 'around'. Happy shooting, no matter how it happens.

CajunBass
March 26, 2009, 08:32 AM
FWIW, I just saw a Yugo covered in cosmoline, sitting on the rack at a local gun store with a $499.00 price tag on it

If I thought for one minute I could get that for the two (Yugo's) I've got, they'd be gone. I took one out and shot it once...couple of boxes of ammo. The other one I've never fired.

wrs840
March 26, 2009, 09:40 AM
I've got two, Norinco, bought them new in the early nineties, One "Model D" configured w/ detachable AK47 mag etc, the other is longer, has the folding triangular bayonet and stripper configuration.

IIRC, I paid $200 or less for each of them.

I saw one in a pawn shop yesterday that they called a "paratrooper", it was Norinco BUT short, with a short folding "triangular" bayonet and 10-round stripper mag... tagged at $429. I've never seen one configured like that before... is it likely the "shortened-for-commercial-purposes-export-only" version described here (http://www.sff.net/people/sanders/sks3.html)? Is that price anywhere close to reasonable?

Les

Gunfighter123
March 26, 2009, 10:32 AM
In early Feb. I sold a Norinco Para for $340 with 60rds. of ammo -- local guy seemed happy to get it.

Shear_stress
March 26, 2009, 10:34 AM
Buddy of mine bought a Norinco with jungle stock and folder for $140 at Cablelas a few months back. I just bought an SKS-M (takes AK mags) with a Tapco T6 stock (itself worth about $80) for $285 OTD last week. The deals are still out there, just less common than before.

nathan
March 26, 2009, 10:35 AM
Do yourself a favor,grab ya a norinco. Its still the best commie carbine to date.

wrs840
March 26, 2009, 10:17 PM
Isn't anyone going to talk me out of paying for $429 for a cherry Norinco Paratrooper to complete my set?

Les

Ignition Override
March 27, 2009, 01:00 AM
wrs840: Yes, that is-if you have lots of x39 ammo. Having just one SKS, but also a Mini 30, ammo was my priority in the months before the election.

Just one question:
Have you ever handled an authentic LE Jungle Carbine?

reddog1083
March 27, 2009, 01:39 AM
Got my Yugo SKS off Gunbroker for about $320, in good condition. Obviously they made a great deal on it, but I am happy I got one.

Mike U.
March 27, 2009, 01:44 AM
Isn't anyone going to talk me out of paying for $429 for a cherry Norinco Paratrooper to complete my set?

Les

I guess not. With all the outrageous price gouging going on right now, I think most of us are getting burned out on it. If you have the funds and want it, go for it. They are good guns.

Dr. Fresh
March 27, 2009, 04:14 AM
Er... I actually paid $300 for my Norinco, not $330. Ha.

Matrix187
March 27, 2009, 10:42 AM
I paid one fitty for my norinco a few months back. It's in near brand new condition mechanically, but the wood is beat up here and there. I actually like it that way. Since it's already beat up a tad I wont feel bad if I mistreat it.

doubs43
March 27, 2009, 11:09 AM
Isn't anyone going to talk me out of paying for $429 for a cherry Norinco Paratrooper to complete my set?

I wouldn't buy it myself but it's your money so you can either prove P. T. Barnum right or wrong. ;)

Seriously, the Paratrooper model has never done anything for me. I've owned about 10 SKS rifles over the years and even the standard length rifle has a relatively short sight base. I'd prefer the standard rifle without the Yugo's grenade launcher but I'd buy the Yugo before the Paratrooper.

OTOH, as a collectable, the Paratrooper will bring a higer price than most other models.

If you want a shooter, buy something else. Just my opinion, FWIW.

benEzra
March 27, 2009, 11:54 AM
Didn't the Clinton Administration halt SKS importation from Russia and China via "trade agreements" and "trade sanctions"?

The SKS's that are still coming in are from much smaller countries (Yugoslavia, Romania); the big supplies were in Russia and China, and that supply is now AFAIK cut off.

jimmyraythomason
March 27, 2009, 11:57 AM
"Didn't the Clinton Administration halt importation from Russia and China via "trade agreements" and "trade sanctions"?"
I think George H.W.Bush had a hand in that as well.

Redneck with a 40
March 27, 2009, 02:09 PM
Maybe they are headin' south of the border?:eek::scrutiny:

Redneck with a 40
March 27, 2009, 02:10 PM
Maybe they're headin south of the border?:eek::what::scrutiny:

whoops, duplicate post.

sawhitt
March 27, 2009, 02:44 PM
You can still find them in the $200-$300 range at auctionarms.com.

Wish I still had all of 'em I bought in the 80's for 60-80 bucks. Still got enough for when the zombies come - I think.

I'm still loading up on mags and ammo.

srm970
March 27, 2009, 05:18 PM
i was at a show last week and saw one just like mine.. norinco, folding ramline , cheap scope, hi cap SKS mags.. and they wanted 600 bucks for the dumb thing.. hell.. someone offers me 6 bills and wants to go through the background check.. it is sold!!!..

shawn..

rust collector
March 27, 2009, 10:52 PM
Yeah, I remember when they were selling by the case for $80 a pop at the local outdoor store, with yellow box chinese ball $2 for 20, $80 per 1000. Nobody gets excited about them until they're gone, then everybody wants one. Same with the M1 carbines, K31s, etc.

Do you suppose 91/30s will ever be worth serious $$? Never say never.

However, M-95s will probably be selling under a C-note for the next 30 years.

Mike U.
March 28, 2009, 01:15 AM
Do you suppose 91/30s will ever be worth serious $$? Never say never.

No. There are too many millions of 91/30's and Mosin-Nagants in general for them to have any real monetary value to anyone but obsessed collectors.

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