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Chinese SKS Legality

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Blackcloud6, May 10, 2003.

  1. Blackcloud6

    Blackcloud6 Well-Known Member

    I saw what I think is a pre-ban Chinese SKS at a show. (Same one I asked price info in another thread below)

    It has the spike bayonet on it. I am wondering if this is legal as I thought the bayonets had to be removed form Chinese SKS's to make them legal under the 1994 ban. If there are Chinese ones that can legally have the bayonet, how would I know?
  2. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Which "ban" are you talking about? '89, '91, '94, '96, '98???

    If you are talking about the VCCA of '94, then it is the number of features that controls. A CKC with only the frog poker is O.K. as long it complies with ATF's rule of the day on sport.:rolleyes:
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The SKS bayonets were removed because otherwise BATF would not allow them to be imported as "sporting arms". But many were imported before that ruling was made, and are legal. What is not legal is to put a bayonet on one that was imported without it. BATF can, I think, provide the cut off serial numbers. I would feel safe in assuming it is legal if that is the only concern.

    This is not involved with the "assault rifle" law, since the SKS (as originally configured) is not an assault rifle; it does not have a detachable magazine. A detachable magazine is not an "evil feature"; it and semi-auto are the two basic requirements for an "assault rifle". Then come the "evil features".

  4. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    Unless you have some kind of date of import stamped on the rifle or have some kind of papers to prove that it was imported before 1989 and that you may use in your defense in court, the words "pre-ban" have absolutely no value to you and you will have to remove that bayonet unless you happen to like playing chicken with the BATF. I do not believe even the serial number will help. Some earlier numbered SKS's were imported after '89.

    Here's a quote from Simonov.net:

    BTW, the 1994 ban, banned all import of all non C&R SKS's(ie. Chinese) altogether. It was the '89 ban that forced the removal of the bayo(it banned import of any non C&R SKS with a Bayo or detachable magazine).

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