First off, I'm new here and this is my first post, so I'd like to say hello to everyone. Now... I walked into a local pawn shop today and saw an absolutely pristine pre-ban Norinco SKS is the rack for $150.00. It literally looks like it just came off the boat! This rifle is so pristine that it doesn't hardly even have scratches along the receiver cover that you get from operating the disassembly levers. There are no scratches on the bbl end from extending the bayonet and the cleaning kit/maintainance tool is in the buttstock. Needless to say, I didn't let it sit there. I put a deposit on it and will be picking it up very shortly. I've had a number of SKS rifles in the past and am very familiar with them. I gave it a thorough look-see and while it does have a very slight oder of burt powder, I couldn't see any wear on the follower at all. it appears to be completely unfired. Normally, I haggle the price down and am good at it, but I was so excited that I just snatched it up fo the asking price. It does pay to wander into pawn shops on occassion I think. I'm assuming that no one has any gripe about the price?