The implements in the cleaning kit aren't the standard grouping of tools for an SKS cleaning kit. The flat implement and the needle/poker are typical of AK cleaning kits.
The specks of dark paint / finish in the finger grooves may indicate that a previous finish was removed. It's not uncommon to find IC/ME carbines with very heavy, dark red (almost black, even) finishes. IIRC, there's an Iraq example with dark black painted stock.
The sheer number of darkened bolt carriers on IC/ME and Vietnam capture guns suggests to me that the discoloration isn't natural patina. It seems more likely that the discoloration is intentional -- like a cold blue intended to mitigate glare.
Ha, you’re right. That is an AK cleaning kit. Thanks.
Yeah, the original (and not so original) finishes are long gone, whatever they were. I had forgotten about the Iraqi black painted stock. I do know some of the IC guns have been found with black painted metal parts as well. Who knows what the hell they were doing over there. Very well could’ve had a black painted stock, but that makes me cringe to think about. Lol
I’m not sure about the Vietnam guns, but yeah, the “IC” ones were most definitely intentional on the ones that are blued.