SECTION 22: In this section I will try to show pictures of a no date
on a matching numbered receiver cover, WITH a star on the left side of
the receiver. These are often referred to as letter guns because
a Cyrillic letter followed the serial number. These guns according to new
information were made from 1956 - 1958. The only purpose of this page
is to help make the collector aware that differences do occur and about anything
could be possible. These are ALL from my personal observations and not from any
This is a fairly uncommon Russian SKS. It is completely matching with no rebuild markings that I can find. This is supposedly one made in early 1956, the first year of manufacturer of the letter gun. The artic birch hardwood stock is matching and does not appear to be a refurbished stock. You can also see the many proof markings on the metal. This is a RARE SKS with the original Hardwood Stock. Some were also found with a Laminated Stock which is a later model and a rare find. Most were a re-work with a re-stamped stock .
The following information was sent to me from Bob "Tex" Hanes, an avid SKS collector and friend.
Below is a Russian website on the development of the PM Makarov pistol with information that coincides with information on the "Letter Dated" SKS year of production of these rifles. From what we know there were three different "Letter Dated" codes Russian "D" (looks like this Д), Russian "I" (looks like this Й) and the Letter "K" that is the same as our letter "K" (looks like this К). From this information on these codes the production dates are 1956 - Д, 1957 - Й and 1958 - К . The codes appear to be the same for production of weapons and ammo at this time period. http://pm9.ucoz.ru/index/ehvoljucija_pm/0-63
D series Letter Gun - 1956 I series Letter Gun - 1957 K series Letter Gun - 1958
This is a 1956 made gun Д marked. Last ones made used a Laminated stock.
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