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Pre 1989 ban collector???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by double0757, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. double0757

    double0757 Well-Known Member

    SKS Pre 1989 ban is it a collector rifle???

    I 've been looking for an AK-47 for a while now. I came across an SKS that I think is pre 1989 ban since it has stamp on the side SKS 762 X 39 made in China Norinco KST Pomona CA, it also has the serial number and the last 4 or 5 numbers of the serial # carved in the stock and under the triger guard.

    My question: Is this a pre-1989 ban rifle and is it worth any money as collectors? The rifle is in very good shape, including the stock and barrel.

    Thanks in advance for your help. Double O
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2005
  2. Kamicosmos

    Kamicosmos Well-Known Member

    Eh. Its worth more than your average SKS simply because it's a Chinese Norinco copy, I assume with the detachable magazine? I think these types of rifles generally go for the $200-250 range, vs 100-150 for a Yugo or equiv SKS.

    If its pre-1989, well...almost has to be since Norinco got themselves a special ban of their own. I don't know the date of that ban, but it was in the mid 90's I believe.

    I don't think there's much of a true SKS collectors' market outside of C&R. Not of the Big Money type of collection anyways. Now, AKs...maybe. I saw a 'pre-89 Norinco AK47s that was tagged at $895 right before the ban sunsetted. But I think that price was more because of the ban sunset. I mean, it's just an AK clone...

    Anyways, I know there is a SKS forum out there... skssomething.com or net, I can't remember. Others will be along soon to offer their opinons...
  3. Sodbuster

    Sodbuster Well-Known Member

    Take the first two numbers of your serial number and add them to 56. For example:a serial number such as 23504678. 23+56 is 79. That rifle would have been made in 1979. 1956 is the first year of manufacture of the Norinco SKS. The bolt also has the serial number, maybe the carrier and the barrel, I forget. Although Norincos aren't imported anymore, I don't think there's much of a premium on them.
  4. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Well-Known Member

    +1. The Norinco MAK90 is a semi-auto AK clone. It commands a premium over all of the currently imported semi-auto AK clones. In good condition, they sell for around $700-900 here in Memphis.
  5. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    A MAK-90 for $700-900? Yikes!:banghead: Even here in the land of the inflated gun price, MAK-90's are seldom encountered for more than $450. Even at $350 they tend to stay awhile on the shelves. True pre-89-ban Norincos and Polytechs go for quite a bit more, however.

  6. Sodbuster

    Sodbuster Well-Known Member

    A price of $700-900 makes sense IF we were talking of a Norinco 84S-1 underfolder, not a Norinco MAK-90. All MAK-90s are post-ban, vanfunk is right on with his given price range, at least in my part of the woods.
  7. clange

    clange Well-Known Member

    Same here. I sold my MAK-90 for $420, and felt a little guilty. $700-$900 is insane. :uhoh:

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