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Got a Norinco SKS

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Matrix187, Dec 24, 2008.

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  1. Matrix187

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    I bought it unfired, and covered in cosmoline. I spent about 3-4 hours getting rid of the cosmoline. Its the long barrel version, and in great condition besides some nicks in the wood. Where can I find out about it's date of manufacture? Thanks alot.
     
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    IIRC, Norinco SKSs were manufactured starting in 1956. Take the first number (or first two), and add that to 1956, and you get the year of manufacture.

    A simple Google search will yield several sites that have better and more accurate explanations on SKS serials.
     
  3. Matrix187

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    22 012xxx, also a triangle with 0223, so its either a 1960, 1958, 1959?
     
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    I got one recently also.....I like it, nice change of pace for me.
     
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    22 012xxx

    so 22 + 1956 = 1978.

    Looks like your SKS is late '70s production.


    Usually, the number in the millionths place will indicate how many years AFTER 1956 your SKS was manufactured.

    For example, the serial number of my Norinco is 1715XXX. So 1 + 1956 = 1957. So mine is 1957-manufactured.


    Scroll down to 'YEAR OF MANUFACTURE': http://www.simonov.net/uberid.htm
    Norinco factory codes: http://www.simonov.net/codechart.htm

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. Matrix187

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    BTW, I bought this rifle back from a guy whom my dad sold it to before. My dad used to have the 2 norinco SKS's, unfired, one with blonde furniture, and the one I got with the darker furniture. I'm in the process of buying the 2nd one back. I wish my dad would not have sold them to his friend in the first place, because I just love shooting them. But, i'm buying them each back for $150 a piece.
     
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    $150 per SKS is a smokin' deal. They will easily sell for twice that these days.
     
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    Be sure you disassemble it down to the firing pin, because if there's cosmoline making the pin sticky it could burn off a whole magazine while you just hang on for dear life.:what::what:
     
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    Yeah $150 is a hell of a deal, I paid $325 for mine. But mine was new in box, with all the goodies that come with it.
     
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    I also paid $325 for mine, FTF at a gun show. Best deal there was (considering Yugos were going for $489 at the same gun show).
     
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    Not trying to hi-jack, but how do you get rid of cosmoline?
     
  16. doc540

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    heat will melt it out of the stock

    brake cleaner will dissolve it from metal

    I've heard stories about wartime GI's boiling water in a 50 gal drum and sinking their rifles in it.:D
     
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    $489 for a Yugo and i sold mine $180 6 months ago!:cuss:
     
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    You are not alone, I assure you, same thing happened to me today too. :D
     
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    That is the best advice a new SKS owner will ever get...heed it.;)
     
  20. Matrix187

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    I'll definitely double check the firing pin and make sure it floats perfectly. My dads friend will sell me another unissued norinco for $150. I'm picking it up :) I spent over 3 hours getting rid of the cosmoline using Break Free Powder Blast, CLP, some break cleaner, and some old fashioned wiping. It took a long ass time ;(.

    How much would a Glock 22 3rd Gen. (800 rounds fired) thats looks new in the box, with two 15 round mags go for you think? He might want to trade me the SKS + some cash for it.
    [​IMG]
     
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    my local gun store had two Yugos for $295 I was hoping to get one but they're sold already.
     
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    On the firing pin thing-

    Punch out the cross pin, and REMOVE the firing pin. Just boiling the bolt or squirting it out isn't enough sometimes. Then use a pipe cleaner and brake clean in the pin channel. Check clear up front by the bolt head with a flashlight after you srub it out. Keep scrubbing until you see nothing but bare metal.

    BTW-

    Great price. I'm a bit envious.
     
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    I used denatured alcohol to remove the cosmoline from my Yugo SKS. I think it is probably much less toxic to work with. I let the bolt soak overnight in something, alcohol or brake cleaner, i forget. The firing pin should rattle freely when you gently shake the bolt. Brake cleaner will take off paint?
     
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    I use the gas grill at 300 deg to melt out the cosmos esp the Yugo SKS wood stock. It is so effective. I take my time holding the disassembled stock and acting like a rotisserie the grease oozes and melts. It takes away the smell after wiping several times and repeating the process. I then let the wood rest and later on apply several coatings of tung oil.

    Yugo M 59 , top

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  25. Matrix187

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    Thanks for all the advice. I think break cleaner can mess up alot of things. I didn't actually use it. I'm not sure why I said I did. I just used the break free powder blast instead. When I get my 2nd SKS in the next couple days i'll post a new picture of it.
     
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