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Old 12-29-2009, 14:54   #26
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for 400$ it should be rare, unissued, never fired.

I bought my 54 tula for $180 FTF in 2007 I think...scratching head...

and yeah, sksboard moderator nazi poof has angered me to the point of departure...glad i never contributed to the site.

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Old 01-21-2010, 19:21   #27
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I've had three Chikom SKS's and two are the threaded barrel type. Never owned a Russkom, but I do have 2 Romies, which I've heard are close to the Russians in finish and quality. The wood on the Romies is solid but not pretty. One of these had a really beat-up and broken stock, and I replaced it with a Yugo wood set that I had to modify slightly so it would fit. The result is a VERY solid and heavy stock on a relatively heavy rifle, when compared to a Chikom.
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Most Chinese are 1980's production new gun with chromelined barrels. Most Russians are not Chrome lined and unless you find an unissued one you are buying a 50 year old used gun.
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My '53 Tula has a chrome bore and came in like-new condition. I prefer its fit and finish to the Norinco I sold, but otherwise I can tell no real difference between the two. The Russkie came apart for cleaning a lot easier, for one thing. The rifles still on the market are the last of the last, and all the really nice ones are probably snug in safes. If price is within $50, and both are really nice I'd take the Russkie.
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Old 02-13-2010, 14:49   #30
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Originally Posted by wulf03 View Post
Most Russians are not Chrome lined ...
Actually, that is not the case.
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I'd go russian if it were me
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Fiberglass/Composite Stock on Norinco

Can anyone share infor/comment of the red fiberglass stocks on Norincos. Was this a later development?
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Originally Posted by Mr.Peebles View Post
Can anyone share infor/comment of the red fiberglass stocks on Norincos. Was this a later development?
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I believe those red stocks were designed for use in jungle conditions to prevent them from rotting. Possibly they were the Chikomz answer to our FG stocks on the M14. As I undertand it, they were from the 1960's.

I like those red FG sks stocks too. Very lightweight and handy. I put one on the SKS that my wife eventually "appropriated" from my collection. She loves how it handles.

It would be nice to find some more of those stocks at the $10.00/each price I found my two at.
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I found a refurb Tula since my last post in this thread. Nice rifle but to be honest, it shoots about the same as my other SKS's. I'm growing more fond of my Chikomz though as time passes. Very nice little weapons for the price. Just found another one with grease in the barrel and all over inside. It was 3 bills but the used ones are at least that much these days.

And to think my first one 20 years ago was 100 bucks, new and unissued.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:01   #35
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Originally Posted by hoplophile View Post
And to think my first one 20 years ago was 100 bucks, new and unissued.
I can't help but regret not buying one or more SKSs back then.

At the time, I believed ammo availability might not be consistent, and didn't know how good SKSs really are. I didn't know spare parts are rarely needed, or that there would be spare parts available soon enough anyway. That was before the internet.

That's what I tell myself so I don't regret it so much.

I have a 54 Tula refurb now. It's a good shooter.

Congrats to the forward thinkers who got in early. I didn't make the same mistake with Mosins.
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I would get the russian first. They all have screw on barrels, forged, machined parts and the metal finish and stocks are better. Not all Chinese guns have the screw in barrel, and alot of them have the stamped parts and tack welded trigger group. If in doubt go russian, but if you find an early military issue chinese with all the desireable parts, pick it up. One last thing, the romanian sks's have the same build quality as the russians, just seems that most of them are a little beat-up.
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I bought a pristine Norinco, complete (bayonet, etc.), yesterday for $220 out the door. I found a perfect Russian SKS today for $500. I think I can knock $50 off the price of the Russian, but it seems I can buy two Norincos for one Russian.
I'll still probably buy the Russian.
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russian is infinitely better. especially if it's an early russian with the spring loaded firing pin. i wholeheartedly recommend murray's firing pins for everyone else to prevent slamfires. secondly avoid chinese "paratroopers". these are fugazzis where the chinese just cut the barrel down.
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Better send all those P.O.S. Chikom SKS's of all types to me. I'll pay shipping, etc to keep them out of the hands of unfortunate fools who got suckered into buying them.
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Originally Posted by hoplophile View Post
Better send all those P.O.S. Chikom SKS's of all types to me. I'll pay shipping, etc to keep them out of the hands of unfortunate fools who got suckered into buying them.
LOL!
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Originally Posted by hoplophile View Post
Better send all those P.O.S. Chikom SKS's of all types to me. I'll pay shipping, etc to keep them out of the hands of unfortunate fools who got suckered into buying them.
Yea-and I'll take all of the Paratrooper models with the ak magazine mod.Would'nt want some innocent to get hurt now!
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lol!
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WOW, I remember when SKS's were less than $100 for a Russian. I would definitly go for the Russian SKS especially if its has the original Bayonet which was a double edge blade. The Chineese SKS were not made as well and had a pick type Bayonet which usually was not with the rifle. Check the Russian SKS, the year of manufacture should be stamped on the reciver cover on top with a star.
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stick with the russian
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Originally Posted by freesw View Post
Actually, that is not the case.
NO that is the case they didn't want to spind the money thats why the AK isn't lined
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Originally Posted by 556x45lee View Post
NO that is the case they didn't want to spind the money thats why the AK isn't lined
You are in error.

All Russian SKS rifles from 1951 on (that's most) have chrome-lined barrels.

The Soviets introduced chrome-lined barrels to the type 2 AK47, beginning in 1952.
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[I] bought an early Chinese made in Russki factory from an out-of-work painter, little fired. w/out trying it out I let a nephew have it as he didn't have a mag-fed semiauto.
I did some trigger work and fit an ak mag conversion and sight enhancement, damn that things a shooter and good ammo really shines it. I've tryed to buy it back and he won't go for it.
the fella I bought it from had a Norinco, around 1/2 looks and quality of the Chinese Russ factory wish I had bought both and let nephew have the Norince he was sort of 'learning' then anyway now he's got his folder AK w/a rail for lihgt blade bayo and enhanced sights. it's a fair shooter
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I have a Norinco and I recall the major noticeable diff when the Russian guns were showing up was that the chinese had a spike bayonet and the russians had a blade. I never was was curious about the mechanical variables ( threaded barrels or milled receivers) They were just cheap to buy and cheap to shoot! When I was younger and my eyes were better I could shoot 1" 5 shot groups off a rest at 112 yards with my chinese SKS.
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Originally Posted by centurion View Post
I would try and buy both , if I had the extra doe , maybe you can get A deal if you buy both , if not , get the chinese , mine shoots just as good as the tula, some say that the Russian ones are better, I don't know , but I have seen the chinese take A licking an keep on ticking.
Buying both is the way to go even now 3 years later. One can NEVER have to many....
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If one is a mild gun jump on it!! They are better than a stamp one.
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