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Russian SKS 1955
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:35:03 AM »
I'm looking at a Russian Tula SKS dated 1955 that appears to be a non-arsenal rework. The only thing is the stock. It has the matching serial number stamped on it, but no Tula star or date. Did they stop stamping the date/Tula star on these late production guns or is the stock a replacement?



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Re: Russian SKS 1955
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 01:27:22 PM »
I would think a replacement but Running Man has looked at billions of pictures of Russians so I would await his word on the missing Tula symbol on a true 1955. Is it missing the small cartouches around the crossbolt?

Do the fonts on the serialized parts match the fonts on the receiver serial number?

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Re: Russian SKS 1955
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 05:34:50 PM »
The fonts appear to match. Only one faint symbol by the cross bolt.

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Re: Russian SKS 1955
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 01:51:25 PM »
I would think a replacement but Running Man has looked at billions of pictures of Russians so I would await his word on the missing Tula symbol on a true 1955.
Hey now, let's not conflate numbers.  It's way, way less than that!  Only about 5k or so Russian SKS photos that I've got saved! :))



I've generally assumed that they did away with the stock cartouche sometime in late '55s.  The stocks are too uniform and from too varied of sources/importers to be such a consistent refurb.

It's clear that the by the time they were producing letter Д guns, the stock cartouche was definitely gone (well unless you buy a Westrifle imported Canadian gun, they have 'original' cartouches all the way through 1958!  :P)

Other examples of CM prefixed '55s:




      

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Re: Russian SKS 1955
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 01:57:21 PM »
They did use crossbolt stamps through '58, so that's one interesting note on the stock by the OP.  Hard to say that it's not a refurb with them sanded out, but then again we know so little about the purpose of the crossbolt stamps that nobody can say with 100% certainty. 

Some CM prefix crossbolt stamps:


      

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Re: Russian SKS 1955
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 09:02:45 PM »
Thanks for all the information.

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Re: Russian SKS 1955
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2018, 10:46:12 PM »
No problem!  If you do decide to buy it I'd love to see some detailed pics. Not many '55's in the database.  thumb1