Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations

SECTION 3: 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 books.

SKS Hand Guard Latches & Barrel to Receiver Attachment

The hand guard latch is used to remove the hand guard which ten exposes the gas piston and gas port for cleaning. There are 2 styles shown, the early Russian which you use your thumb or finger to move the latch and the later method which uses the tip of a bullet or the pic tool in the cleaning kit.  These are inserted into the hole on the latch and used to aid in moving the latch to remove the hand guard. The various pictures below show the hand guard latches from various makes and models of SKS's along with the way the barrel is attached to the receiver. 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.

Hand Guard Latches, Barrel Lug and Wilson


Albania     Note the hole in the receiver latch  & Large Heavy barrel lug       China Sino Soviet Letter Gun



China Early - note the heavy barrel lug                             China Mid - note shorter barrel lug



China Late - note NO barrel lug, this is a pinned barrel.   China Sheet Metal Receiver - note rivet above stock screw

East Germany                                                                      North Korea


 North Vietnam                                                                         Romania  
Russia 1949 - early 1950    notice the tab on the hand guard latch    Russia early 1951


Russia late 1954 on                                                                   Yugoslavia    



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