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Russian Letter Series
« on: January 28, 2015, 12:53:47 PM »
Russian Letter Series
The Russian letter series are a very unique and collectable example of the Russian Sks 45. The reason they are called letter series is because the serial number is followed by one of three Russian letters. As of right now the current research suggests that the letters correspond with years, before the letter series there are 7 other dated years, 1949-1955 and two years of rifles produced in a factory called Izhevsk in 1953-54. After 1955 the Russians went to a different method of dating the carbines the first year was
1956, Д =D in English
1957, И= I in English
1958, K= K in English

Letter D Non-Refurb



Letter I Non-Refurb



Letter K Non-Refurb



Currently the letter K or 1958 is the last year of the Russian Sks 45 that we know about, the letter series have some unique features that other years do not have.
First off is that the top receiver cover is blank, no date or star on the receiver cover just the serial number on the back side.




Another unique feature is that there is a small star on the left side of the receiver.



All Original non-refurb Russian sks years have a date and star on the left side of the stock, except for some late 1955 and all the letter series, they show just a serial number.

1949-early 1955 Non-Refurbished



Late 1955-letter guns Non-Refurbished




Another unique feature is all letter series have been seen with original laminate stocks or original Arctic Birch stocks, the original laminate stocks are easy to distinguish from a refurbished laminate replacement stock simply because they will be the same ruby red shellac as the Arctic Birch.

Replacement stock



Original non-Refurbished Laminate





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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015, 01:07:50 PM »
Very nice Tony!  thumb1

I'm going to link this post with an entry in the Russian FAQ. 

Have you noticed a common bayonet coloration on your guns (all yellow dipped, all chromed, all matte, etc.)?

What about crossbolt acceptance stamps, are they pretty similar across all your examples or are they totally different year to year?
      

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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 01:09:50 PM »
Very Nice Carbine, I just made it a sticky.   Dont we have 1955 Ds?
      
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 01:18:02 PM »
The odd Д's have star/no-date covers.  The Tula stars on the receiver seem to be missing on any gun that has a star/no-date cover and a cartouched stock.  It's clearly a transitional period, I think we need more data to make a definitive determination as to exactly what they did and when they did it.
      

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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 01:30:29 PM »
The odd Д's have star/no-date covers.  The Tula stars on the receiver seem to be missing on any gun that has a star/no-date cover and a cartouched stock.  It's clearly a transitional period, I think we need more data to make a definitive determination as to exactly what they did and when they did it.
Thats why I left them out, to many unknowns yet.
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 01:43:41 PM »
interesting...  I thought it was fairly well defined that we have 55 star stamped letter D guns with no receiver star.
      
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2015, 10:07:03 PM »
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2015, 07:01:24 PM »
thanks for pics and info.  thumb1
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2015, 12:44:32 AM »
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2015, 08:55:09 AM »
Think you can add the transitional 1955 D please?
      
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Re: Russian Letter Series
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 09:21:43 AM »
Above there is a 1957 И in a hardwood stock identified as non-refurb.

How common is a 1957 in an issued hardwood stock?
I've been under  the impression that laminate was standard on all 1957 and 1958 carbines.