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Chinese SKS (Commercial) / Re: 1992 Norinco. Just a functioning SKS
« Last post by Phosphorus32 on January 21, 2018, 10:02:47 PM »
Looks great. Good price. The bayo & sling add 100% to the esthetic appearance. PAX

Thanks PAX!
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Chinese SKS (Commercial) / Re: 1992 Norinco. Just a functioning SKS
« Last post by echo1 on January 21, 2018, 09:46:53 PM »
Looks great. Good price. The bayo & sling add 100% to the esthetic appearance. PAX
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Chinese SKS (Commercial) / Re: 1992 Norinco. Just a functioning SKS
« Last post by Phosphorus32 on January 21, 2018, 06:30:23 PM »
Okay, got a rivet for the bayonet and a well used Type 56 sling that came with a Swedish M/96 of all things  :))




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Chinese SKS (Military) / Re: Help me identify this type 56
« Last post by 965bill on January 21, 2018, 05:20:23 PM »
Greetings from NM!  Nice type 56 you've got there.   thumb1

To add to P32's excellent reply, those miscellaneous letters also tend to show up before the S/N as well.

Yeah, Iíve seen that. Just had never seen one like this one with such a prominent letter and that far over.
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Chinese SKS (Military) / Re: Chinese serial letter prefix/suffix
« Last post by Justin Hell on January 21, 2018, 05:02:08 PM »
Well I tried to photograph....it seems my camera is certainly messed up in macro mode. I will have to get a new on once the refund arrives.
I have too many with letters not to play along though.

/26\ 10m suffix P -  KSI Pomoma CA
/26\ 23m suffix K - Poly USA
/26\ 9m suffix M L - B-West
DB 70m suffix B P - B-West
/206\ 1.4m  prefix C - CSI ONT

on another note..my /906\ has none at all and is also a CSI ONT importee. One might think it is back to the factory doing it due to that.

I wonder if there is a reason B-West used two letters (if they did it).

As haphazardly as they are usually aligned, it could just be a final inspection stamp...and the letters correspond to inspectors.  Like Inspector 12 at the Hane's factory. :)

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Chinese SKS (Military) / Chinese serial letter prefix/suffix
« Last post by Greasemonkey on January 21, 2018, 02:57:22 PM »
I am curious.. again, Scary, I know.....usually it doesn't work out well... But... the added letters used in Chinese serial numbers.  It's another age old rumor/myth/weird wonderment.. China did it...or the importer did it..lots of confusion.. 

I don't think or even know if anyone has ever tracked it or even really looked in to it and so I am curious to see how it comes out, partially cause I have 2 myself. I would think all these rifles exported from the same few places in China to the many places in the US. So to me, wouldn't it make sense if China marked them, then most of the importers would have sold them, so in theory I should end up with a big list of various importers.. But, if the US importers did it, then only a few limited importers who added the letter to them, should show up on the list..

Nothing at all may come of it, but it never hurts to look to see if it's only certain importers or maybe factories that did it. Or.. maybe even take it as far as were certain letters used by certain importer/factories...

Basically, are these letters before/after the serial associated with just certain importers.. or possibly more associated with certain Chinese factories?

So maybe post photos of your factory and import stamp, blot out the serial if you so desire.. photos would be great and would solidify the data and carry more weight vs. just posting the info. 

Results will be kept at the bottom of this post..

These are my 2... both are imported by Poly/PTK Atl. Ga, same importer from slightly a different time frame and different factories..







Score card...
Factory.....Importer.....Suffix/Prefix used
0138..Poly/PTK...   C
636... Poly/PTK...   B

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Russian SKS / Re: 1950 SKS with spike bayonet
« Last post by jstin2 on January 21, 2018, 02:33:25 PM »
Think that I have a solution after tinkering on it. The lug is worn down although it doesn't show and is blued. I put a nail file between the bayonet handle and lug (sloped area) and it sat okay in V. Spring is still in good condition. One other thing that I noticed is that the blade is narrower. I took measurements from the tip of blade to 6 inches down.
This 50   - 20.85 mm
other 50 - 22.97 mm
         53 - 22.85 mm
         57 - 22.97 mm
But on my 52 it is 20.6 mm and 54 was 20.94. This should indicate that 2 widths of blades were made. Couldn't find any indication online about blade widths. Suggestions??
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Russian SKS / Re: 1950 SKS with spike bayonet
« Last post by Justin Hell on January 21, 2018, 01:50:13 PM »
Perhaps it is something as simple as a weak spring?
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Russian SKS / Re: 1950 SKS with spike bayonet
« Last post by jstin2 on January 21, 2018, 11:43:07 AM »
I took the bayonet off to see if there was anything worn or different about blade. It does not lock up tight when closed as you noticed in picture.
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Chinese SKS (Military) / Re: Help me identify this type 56
« Last post by Loose}{Cannon on January 21, 2018, 10:07:53 AM »
Welcome to the Files!   thumb1
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