Hello everyone. I'm Rick. I live and work in the southeast U.S. I'm a Peace Officer/FireFighter at a regional commercial airport. Back in the '80s I owned a Soviet-made SKS, purchased from a fellow sailor who was shipping home and didn't want it. I loved that gun! I shot steel silhouettes, legally harvested wild boar, and even a coast Black-Tail Deer. I eventually gave it to my son, who has dragged it to Texas and Alaska and back while serving in the Army. About 15 years ago I picked up a Chinese SKS from a local gunshop in northwest Washington State. The stock was broken, so I put a(at the time) new composite Dragunov-style stock on. This led to replacing the bayonet with a bipod, replacing the original magazine with a 75-round drum, and afixing a non-powered Soviet side-mount scope! Prior to moving down to where I'm currently living I gave that rifle to my youngest son, and he still has it.
So the other day I was in a local pawn-shop and spied a fairly dirty, dinged up SKS. I offered $150 and brought it home. It was missing the sling, the bayonet, the cleaning rod, and had a horrible plastic 30-rnd "AK/AR" style magazine. It's been disassembled and cleaned, and I've EBay'd all the missing pieces to return it to original. Once they're all in I'm going to strip and refinish the stock then reassemble it to correct condition. I'm lucky that all the serial numbers match. Unfortunately, the magazine SN won't match but I'm not too put out about that. I'll be happy to return it to good condition, and to give it a home between my AR-15 and my Winchester 70 in 375 H&H!
I entered all it's relevant information into the SKS database on this website. If you're interested in that stuff the SN is 1639966, from 'factory' 316. Once it's returned to it's correct configuration I'll send in some photos!