Vietnam Era Type 56 SKS (Pre-norinco export)
I have a Vietnam era, Chinese Type 56 (Pre-norinco Export) SKS that I am trying ;excuse the term, restore, to a safer condition. From what I can see, all the parts of the SKS are original (less the bayonet, cleaning kit/rod, and sling). I want to keep the rifle in the "stock" configuration... But the original timber the receiver was laid in, is, "in my opinion" less than desirable to be shooting it in. Not that i'm going to discard the matching S.N. stock... but I want to put the receiver to bed in a safer pice of (original) lumber. This is the easy part.
Now, My problem lies in the fact i'm missing the original cleaning rod... Now I know the Type 56 SKS is already considered a "carbine rifle" and I know there was a "paratrooper" SKS which is suppose to be shorter (I don't have the paratrooper model)
What I'd like to know is, what is the original length of the cleaning rod? I have seen lengths running from 17", 17.25", 17.5" for the "new" aftermarket rods... I just want a functional O.E. unit!
Any help would be appreciated.
You can't prevent the inevitable.. only alter its time span!
Last edited by ShawnDow; 10-30-2012 at 06:38 PM..