Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations


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Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations


On the following pages I will try to show some of the differences between the SKS's from various countries in regards to the components making up this fine rifle.  I have done this to try and help the collector, both novice and advanced, the many possibilities that exist.  I do NOT make any claims to accuracy because these are all based on my own observations.  Thanks to Gene M, Warbird, sksnut, Udo Goff, Bob Hanes, Woodbeef Mister,  Howie Bearse, Cashman, Beryl Barnett, beachbumwithagun and others  for contributing some of the pictures and editorials on the pages below.



The various pages below show the pictures and comments 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.

NOTE: RUSSIAN SKS's. 1949 was the first year production and had black spike type of bayonet on the early version.  Rebuilt 1949's had a blade type of bayonet replacing the spike.  Most of the replacement bayonets were a silver finish but a black blade did exist.  Most other characteristics are the same for 1949-1950 except for the gas block.  Starting in 1950 several variations can be found in regards to markings and different types of latches. 1951 saw the introduction of a chrome lined barrel and late in the year a change in the bolt design.  1952 was a transition year where the trigger group, bayonet lug and adapter and the rear sight base underwent some changes.  1953 to 1956 encountered basically no changes in design. The Tula star on the receiver was believed to be used late in 1955 or early on in 1956. The top receiver covers of these rifles were unmarked.  REMEMBER that rebuilt SKS's can have different parts installed making the whole picture somewhat blurred.  The rebuild marks are shown below, these are the 2 that I am familiar with.   New information has disclosed several other rebuild marks.  I will try and put a link to the page where you can find this information until I have permission to put it on my page. Link http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?370322-Soviet-Refurbishment-Facilities-Identified-(including-quot-1-quot-)   The one on the left looks like this [/ ] and is usually found on the receiver cover and butt stock.  The one on the right looks more like this <> and usually is up and down instead of sideways.  These are found on the receiver cover.  There are others found in different places on the gun, usually the receiver.  See Page 31 for the chart of Russian Refurb facilities with thanks to Ruslan Chumak for the chart and RyanE for the translation.


Rebuild marks are circled on above photo


SKS page 1 more info on Receiver and Receiver Covers Markings!


SKS page 2 more info on Receiver Cover Latches!


SKS page 3 more info on Hand Guard Latches and Barrel Lugs!


SKS page 4 more info on Bayonet Lugs & Adapters! Revised


SKS page 5 more info on Bolt Carriers!


SKS page 6 more info on Trigger Guards and Housings!


SKS page 7 more info on Rear Sight Ladders! Revised


SKS page 8 more info on Gas SKS Gas System Components! Revised


SKS page 9 more info on Butt Plates!


SKS page 10 more info on Rear Sling Swivels!


SKS page 11 more info on Complete Guns!


SKS page 12 more info on Exploded Bolt Assemblies!


SKS page 13 more info on Trigger Housing Internals!


SKS page 14 more info on Receiver Differences!


SKS page 15 more info on Rear Sight Bases and Receiver Attachment Methods!


SKS page 16 more info Bolt Carriers!


SKS page 17 more info Cleaning Kits!  Revised


SKS page 18 more info - Stocks & Hand Guards! Revised 


SKS page 19 more info - Bayonets!  Revised


SKS page 20 more info - Slings! Revised


SKS page 21 more info - NO DATE TULA Receiver Cover -  NO Receiver Star - Super RARE variant SKS  Revised


SKS page 22 more info - NO DATE TULA - Receiver Star Marked - Letter Guns  Revised


SKS page 23 more info - The AK Magazine variant SKS's  Revised


SKS page 24 more info - What year was my SKS made?    Revised


SKS page 25 more info - Safety concerns - - A MUST read   


SKS page 26 more info - Cut-away pictures    


SKS page 27 more info - 1949 Spike Bayonet Russian - - A MUST see   


SKS page 28 - pictures of the SKS in military use - Revised


SKS page 29 - picture of Magazines  - NEW


SKS page 30 - pictures of Ammunition, Pouches & Belts  - NEW


SKS page 31 - pictures of the oddities and weird markings of the SKS  - Revised


SKS page 32 - pictures of the serial numbered guns of Factory 26 SKS'S  - Revised


SKS page 33 -  more info on the 1949 vs 1953 Russian SKS -


SKS page 34 -  Chinese M21 - DP - DB marked SKS - NEW


SKS page 35 -  Chinese Arsenal Stamps  SKS - NEW


SKS page 36 - Sino Soviet SKS  - NEW


SKS page 37 - SKS Variants  - NEW


SKS page 38 -  Albanian SKS   - NEW


SKS page 39 -  Chinese SKS   - NEW


SKS page 40 -  East German SKS   - NEW


SKS page 41 -  Korean SKS   - NEW


SKS page 42 -  Viet Nam SKS   - NEW


SKS page 43 -  Romanian SKS   - NEW


SKS page 44 -  Russian Izhevsk SKS   - NEW


SKS page 45 -  Russian Tula SKS   - NEW


SKS page 46 - Yugoslavian SKS   - NEW



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