okay i bought a Russian sks today in exc condition. It has a star and the numbers 1950 on the top front on the receiver. Made in russia on the side. Also labels say cdt swan vt or cdt maybe cdl???? i am wondering is this gun made in 1950? or what is the value and the history. it cam with a 10 round hinged clip. all numbers match. also the stock is a really preety wood the has the mtching numbers stamped into it? please help with any info
You bought yourself an excellent rifle, Oke. The Russian made SKS rifles are by far the best ones. I own one myself and it shoots like a dream. The 1950 on the receiver does indeed indicate the year of manufacture. The Russians made hundreds of thousands of these rifles in the 1950s before the AK became their general issue weapon. Many were later exported to their "socialist fraternal allies" abroad. We encountered lots of them in Vietnam. Many of these rifles were sold in the US, mostly in the 1980s, but the Russian made SKS is getting pretty hard to find nowadays. Most of those for sale today were made in Yugoslavia, and while they are good weapons, they are not as reliable as the Russian made version. Have fun shooting it!
If your looking for info on SKS rifles, this is the place to go. www.yooperj.com
This site is a wealth of information on the SKS rifle. Click on SKS on the left sidebar.
Also take a look at www.sks-rifles.com
another good site.
Mine is a 1954 Tula. Found everything I wanted to know on Yooper's website. Enjoy your SKS. Good shooting.
right now, i have seen excellant condition russians go close to 500 bucks. realisticly $400 for sure. go to brandx.com to find what all guns are actually going for. not what is being ask, but what has been bid on. forget about books and alot of opinions of others.