Re: russian sks
Popular thinking: THE ORIGINAL is always the best. From all the different SKSs that I've seen, handled and shot, I'd say the Russians are close to the top of the heap. I espcially like the Yugo 59/66 that I bought unissued a couple years ago for $149. It's heavier, but very stable; it doesn't have chrome lined barrel and chamber - but I don't shoot corrosive ammo; it doesn't jam; it is pretty darn accurate and it seems well made. My Type 56 Chinese seems flimsier and is definitely lighter and doesn't shoot as accurately. I don't hump a rifle anymore so the weight difference doesn't bother me at the bench or standing on the firing line. The Russians seem to have some sort of panache which increases their collectibility. I've seen one Russian, pre 1989 import NIB with all the "stuff" sell for just under $500 after negotiations. FWIW - an Albanian is the rarest and will usually sell in the $500 to $600 range, add $100 if it has all Albanian parts and not the Chinese made bolt carrier and bolt and gas piston. These are probably the worst fitting and finished pieces I've seen, but are collectible because of the rarity.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie
Last edited by Jim Hauff; 07-14-2011 at 01:39 PM..