SECTION 6 In this section I will try to show the differences between the same
part from different arsenals, years and countries. 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
SKS TRIGGER GUARDS & HOUSINGS
The trigger guard/housing is used to hold the trigger, hammer, sear and
mechanism together. The quality of the trigger housing varies greatly between
countries. Early Russian ones 1949-1952 and early 1953 were different in
looks and assembly than all the other ones. The housings were either made of one
piece milled construction or multiple stamped pieces welded together.
The various pictures below show the trigger guards and housings from various makes and models
of SKS's. Most are milled except for the late Chinese which are stamped and spot
welded. The early Russian trigger groups differ from the rest, they are more
complex and seldom have a safety spring installed. These use a friction type of
safety. This page only shows the bottom side of the housing as mounted into the
gun. NOTE Page 13 goes into the internals of the housing. Currently these are the only differences I have noticed. Some are only
cosmetic, some have different stampings, some are shaped slightly different and
some are just plain different.
Albania early issue
Albania late issue
China early milled - Note the finish China late milled
- Note the finish
China late stamped - Note that the
trigger guard appears to be sitting on
top of the housing.
China late spot welded
North Korea North Vietnam
Romania Russia 1949-1950
Russia 1951- early 1953 (friction safety) Russia late 1953-1956
Note that on the 1949 -1952 & some 1953 the Note the raised base of the trigger group
base of the trigger group is flat and not raised. and one piece trigger guard and housing.