$150 Yugo SKS?


Doug S
January 27, 2004, 09:29 PM
I am going to a local gun dealer on Friday to look at a Yugo SKS. He mentioned differing qualities concerning Yugo SKS rifles currently on the market specifically that you have to watch for cracked stocks. He wants $150 for his Yugo. I had planned on picking one up at the next gun show. I recently saw some for around $120-130. If I add the cost of admittance to the next show , gas to get there, dinner, etc I thought that I just might go ahead and buy his at $150. My question is, is there anything I should watch for in making this decision? I’ve mentioned before that a dealer at the last show mentioned that the receivers in the Yugo rifles have been changed by the importer, but otherwise the rifles are original. Everyone other than this particular dealer has stated that they have never heard this (receiver switch) before. I’ve also read that some of the Yugo’s are parts rifles. How can I know that what I’m buying (if I buy) this week is an original, matching numbers, unissued rifle versus one of the parts rifles? Also has anyone else heard that the receivers have been changed or is this nonsense? What do you think of the $150 price tag? Thanks for any help.

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January 27, 2004, 09:36 PM
$150 is ok.

I've seen them as high as $169.

They are still cheap.

January 27, 2004, 09:59 PM
The gun show I went to this past weekend the were selling for $199

January 27, 2004, 10:18 PM
Get a C&R license. A heckuva lot cheaper, and you can get them sent in the mail.


You have to be 21, though :( .

Bill Hook
January 27, 2004, 11:33 PM
The parts guns won't have that many numbers stamped, such that the receiver and stock would be it. The rest of the parts will mismatch or not have numbers on things like the bolt carrier. Check the inside of magazine for numbers, as they might not have been ground off there. The parts guns also have "dot matrix" numbers rather than stamped and will often have an electropenciled number too.

January 27, 2004, 11:39 PM
The C&R license is an excellent idea, but in the meantime just go to AIM Surplus and order one. You'll need a local FFL, but shipping is free (last time I checked) and I'll bet a nickle you end up with a better one for less money.

January 28, 2004, 12:05 AM
Just sent my C&R license in today. Wont have to worry about the transfer fee after I get that.

Hell, the $30 bucks for the license covers one transfer fee here anyway.

I think the SKS is gonna be my first C&R purchase.

January 28, 2004, 09:07 AM
There's a shop in my area selling Yugos for $109, packed in Cosmo.
Not sure if they are numbers matching but from the quick glance I gave them they looked to be in good shape.

January 28, 2004, 10:19 AM
As for matching numbers, it's not unusual to find one that's been re-barrelled at the arsenal. Typically, these will have two sets of s/ns, the original stamped number, and electro-pencilled numbers matching the barrel s/n on all the same parts as the stamped numbers.

If it's in good shape, and not a parts rifle, $150 is certainly in the ballpark, IMO.

Doug S
January 28, 2004, 05:28 PM
Thanks all for the good info.

January 29, 2004, 09:32 AM
I've seen them at gun shows for $200 but I can get one in excellent shape for $90.00 :confused:

Doug S
January 30, 2004, 08:15 PM
Well, I went and looked at the Yugo SKS today, but didn’t buy it. It wasn’t nearly as nice as the ones I’d seen in for $130 at the last gun show. Also the numbers didn’t match. The trigger guard had a “handwritten” type number scrolled on it that didn’t match the receiver, bolt. The magazine was not numbered at all. Together there were 3 matching numbers (stock, bolt, receiver). If I remember correctly the rifles at the show had additional numbered parts, & all of the parts were stamped not scrolled (as on trigger guard). So to make a long story short, for $150 I’ll wait and pick up a nicer specimen. Thanks for all the tips/input. Doug

January 31, 2004, 09:28 AM
prices on these are dropping fast. Two of my friends just bought Yugo's with 100 rounds of ammo for $130 OTD.

Local shop has mebbe 8-10 Chinese (IIRC) that have been sitting on the shelf for a LONG time. He'd probably take $100 each plus tax if you'd buy 4-6 at a time

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