1957 Chinese SKS w/ factory fiberglass stock?
I've got a couple questions with a long lead-in, so please bear with me here. Also, before anyone tells me to go to simonov.net and ask SKSDave, I've done that several times. That's where I've gotten my information thus far and my emails keep coming back saying his box is full so he obviously has more than he can keep up with. That said, here goes.
I own two SKSs that I inherited from my dad. One is a Russian with a laminated wood stock and the other is Chinese with a fiberglass stock. I've never shot either one and he didn't either. I was planning to sell the Chinese and keep the Russian until I saw that the Russian is a refurb. Now I'm not sure if I want to sell either.
Obviously the Russian has been fired many times. The original receiver cover
has been replaced as there is no arsenal stamp and a there is a barely discernable refurb stamp on it. It has a 1 stamped on the front sight post, which I have read is an accuracy grade. If that is true, then it will be a good shooter.
The Chinese one is the puzzler. From information I got on simonov.net, it looks like it was made in 1957 at factory 016. It has a reddish brown fiberglass stock that I believe came from the factory. I have seen these stocks mentioned, but haven't seen many pictures of them and can't find much information. I want to say that my dad told me the gun was unissued when he got it, but to be honest I can't remember. The inside is lousy with cosmoline. I have attached a couple pictures of it.
So my questions are 1) Is the stock actually from the factory and is it common for such an early gun? 2) Is there a way to determine if an SKS is actually unfired/unissued or is that option gone now that the information trail has ended? 3) Is it true that the Russian guns had the accuracy grade stamped on the front post and is it true that 1 is the best? Thanks for any info!