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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Greasemonkey on March 28, 2017, 02:59:11 PM »
I bought a few tins of it about 10 or so years ago, still have 1 sealed and maybe 1/2-3/4 remaining of another open... It's not overly terrible.. lacquer can be thick on some rounds and nothing applied to another, the cases are rough/dents are normal, some are down right ugly.. it is, considering the looks of it, not bad stuff, it always goes boom and can be shockingly accurate. I did have 1 or 2 with a loose bullet. At one time I also had some steel case Albanian, it was about the same appearance wise..it's long gone though, made the most wonderful fireballs with a carbine.

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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by wvsks on March 28, 2017, 02:30:35 PM »
^^^^Is that ammo any good? I've been seeing it on GB quite a bit lately.
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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Greasemonkey on March 28, 2017, 01:52:44 AM »
Borderline on topic, maybe just a hair off topic.. but, hey.. it is Albanian  thumb1

A sealed tin of Albanian x54r..



These are a few of the remaining loose rounds I have from a previous Albanian tin. I would pluck the roughest looking ones like these out of the packages. Shows some of the quality control they had.

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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Loose}{Cannon on March 27, 2017, 11:08:07 PM »
Cant post mine now....  its too, uh...  ugly.    :o
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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Greasemonkey on March 27, 2017, 05:53:25 PM »
I conquered the Romanians, but in their defence..they are sexy... chuckles1

One never knows what I might dig up in these hills... Besides, it's "just" 5 more... :o rofl
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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Phosphorus32 on March 27, 2017, 05:37:42 PM »
Ok..P32.. I'll play, a group shot before the tomb is sealed up again  :) A '78, '71 and a '68.



Nice  thumb1  ...but, uh-oh  :o  that means you're almost halfway to having every year of production...when I gaze into my crystal ball I see 5 more Albanians in your future  rofl
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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Greasemonkey on March 27, 2017, 05:05:36 PM »
Ok..P32.. I'll play, a group shot before the tomb is sealed up again  :) A '78, '71 and a '68.

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Chinese SKS (Military) / Re: Year of the Tet Offensive, Likely Bringback
« Last post by Justin Hell on March 27, 2017, 02:35:11 PM »
Sweet score....and nice inverted take down lever....the recess for it sure looks unusual....

I don't think 12s and 13s with inverted levers had the recess. It was probably done after the fact.

I didn't know that. The relief in the stock is certainly rather asymmetrical, so very well could be post-manufacture.

I have seen a few bringbacks with them that looked like someone just took a rasp file and hastily gouged out a recess.  It makes me wonder if the inverted take down levers were installed after being issued without them.

Here's MY theory....

Reports from SKS jungle/heavy brush use during Vietnam war -

Soldiers - "hey, these take down levers tend to get caught on stuff often"

Arsenal 26 - "hmm, if we turn them upside down, they will be more flush with the stock and not snag on stuff"

<levers flipped on mid 12mil through 13mil>

Soldiers - "hey, now it's hard to flip the levers because they are flush with the stock and hard to grab"

Arsenal 26 - "hmm, if we put a little notch in the stock, that will make getting the lever easier"

<stocks notched on 14mil with upside down lever>

Then at some point between 69 and 70, they decide to go back to the original lever and stock configuration for the 15 mil.

That makes sense, although, it seems like it would have made sense the first time they built one. :)
I wonder if there was a surplus of regular stocks they had to use before adaptation could be implemented...I chalked up the ones that looked altered after the fact to being field work, or just an additional step that had to be done by hand during assembly.  I admit being clueless about the methods used to make the stocks, but I am assuming it was mostly automated. Altering the process might have been tough to implement.

I like the shape of this one...  Any way they do it, they overdo it though...IMO...there are several aftermarket stocks that make accommodations for them, but in such a way that you could use them for either style and it not seem like overkill. Perhaps I am just overly sensitive to it, I just put an ITL stock on the only gun I have without a takedown lever....and that gouge is just, there.  :))
Maybe I will just cut down an Allen wrench.
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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Phosphorus32 on March 27, 2017, 11:43:30 AM »



Beautiful quintet from strawberry blondes to auburns!  thumb1
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Albanian SKS / Re: Albanian SKS Picture Thread
« Last post by Garand1957 on March 27, 2017, 09:21:06 AM »

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