Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations

SECTION 5: 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.


The bolt carrier is used to hold the bolt and take the pressure from the op rod to open the action for the next round.  The bolt carriers shown below are installed in the guns.   Most are milled as seen by the milling marks in the channel below and to the left of the bolt knob commonly referred to as a "lightening cut". NOTE Page 16 offers a more in depth comparison on the differences in construction. The various pictures below show the bolt carriers from various makes and models of SKS's.  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.

Bolt Carriers



                    Albania                                                            China Early issue


            China Late issue                                                   China Sheet Metal Receiver


        Sino-Soviet Letter gun                                                      North Korea


       North Vietnam   (bolt re-blued)                                      Romania


            Russia                                                                     Russia Rebuild - note black color


    Yugoslavia M1959                                                         Yugoslavia M1959/66



           Charlie                                                              Hunter


SKS page 16 more info on Bolt carriers!

SKS page 6 more info on Trigger Guards and Housings!

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