Some of it is sure to be regional owing to regional weapons laws, such as California has. But in general SKS values have increased steadily because people began to see the value in these fine rifles. Fifteen years ago you could buy them for well under $100 any day of the week. Tomorrow, I plan to pick up another very, very nice Chinese SKS for $250. By today's standards, a very fair price from what I've seen. They're a great rifle for the money even if you pay a little more than that.Wow I must have stole both my Norincos??
I bought my 1st in 2006 for $120 at a gun/pawn shop in ft. lauderdale FL
and picked up a 2nd last year for $190 at a garage sale!