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1st Pics of the new Russian

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by doc540, Nov 7, 2008.

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  1. doc540

    doc540 Member

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    Looks to be in good shape, will shoot it for the first time tomorrow.

    I'd appreciate your comments and info regarding the stampings and markings.

    Thanks!


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    (fine print stamp is: "CDI SWAN VT")
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    I've been reading up on the markings, but thought I'd have you experts confirm.
     
  2. grimjaw

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    The markings on the right side of the receiver ("C.D.I", "CCCP", etc) are importer's marks. The mark on the top of the receiver cover is the original manufacturer's mark, Tula star. I don't see one from your pictures, but it might have a refurb mark on it (usually a rectangle/square with a diagonal line through it).

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  3. doc540

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    Thanks, but I have yet to find a refurb mark.
     
  4. bang_bang

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    I have always loved the look of the wood grain on the Russian versions. Very nice, I wish I could find a used Russian around here.
     
  5. doc540

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    This one came from a buy selling them on gunbroker.

    I called him with a question of one up for auction, and he told me about this one.

    I think I got lucky.
     
  6. BHP FAN

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    I think you somehow got in my gun safe!That looks just like mine!
     
  7. FMJMIKE

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    Very nice rifle....I remember when they were selling for under $100.......:D
     
  8. Davo

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    Great looking rifle! I like the stock. Reminds me Ive gotta stretch my yugos legs now that its cooling off in the desert.
     
  9. SimpleIsGood229

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    Very nice! The star and arrow (as on your SKS) is the mark of Tula Arsenal. A triangle and arrow is the mark of Izhevsk Arsenal.

    Take care of it! Russian SKSs are getting harder to find.
     
  10. Starship1st

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    That is a very nice looking rifle. I would enjoy shooting it. Have a great time tomorrow. :cool:
     
  11. doc540

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    What do all those numbers and markings tell us?

    Took it to the range today and burned about 50 rounds through it. What a FUN shooting gun!

    Please bear with me if I act too excited. This is my first experience with an SKS and it's beyond my best expectations!

    and thanks for all you help!
     
  12. transformerguru

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    nice nice nice
     
  13. rangerruck

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    as much as I absolutely hate everything there is about the sks, that is a
    right purdy one...
     
  14. Kind of Blued

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    Nice wood, nice metal... I guess that means, nice rifle. :)
     
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    Looks Awsome!!! Congrats man!!!
     
  16. stubbicatt

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    The hardwood stock and "in the white" bayonet are indicative of a non refurb. Fun rifles to own and shoot.
     
  17. jd46561

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    Very nice!!!! :)
     
  18. frogomatic

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    you got a good gun there. I've got a '51 tula SKS that's good shooter (knocks down bowling pins at 150-175yds all day long) One thing I found about mine is that russian guns love russian ammo. I spent six months working on handloads to see if I could improve on the accuracy I got from wolf ammo and could never even come close. I dunno why, i used the best components I could get (even when out of my way to find high quality bullets in .311") and really took care to load as precisely as I could, one cartridge at a time on a good single stage. No handload I ever made performed as well as nasty old wolf ammo. And I've never been able to figure out why. I just chalked it up to "russian gun + russian ammo = good stuff" just my 2 cents.

    I did a refinish/reblue on mine while I was at CST, I posted a bunch of pictures of the before and after in the gunsmithing section here. do a search for SKS refinish if you'd like to see how it went.
     
  19. Pilot

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    Not necessarily. I have two Russian Tula arsenal SKS's. Both are refurbs. One has an in the white bolt and bayonet the other has a black painted bolt and in the white bayonet.

    I don't see that mark on it either nor any XXX's over serial numbers on the stock. It looks like a non-refurb to me. Nice find!
     
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    is my russian unique? my bolt is also black.
     
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    reup pics?
     
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