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Yup. That's an SKS. Caliber 7.62x39, looks like a standard 20" model, in excellent
condition. Can't tell what that scope is, it could add a little to the value.
Back in the day you could buy them new for as little as $59.95.

Value lately has gone a little nuts. They seem to be going for somewhere in the
range of $300 all the way up to W-A-Y more than they are worth.
 

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Yep, arsenal 26 with a s/n in the 10 million range. That makes it a 1966 production.

It is indeed the 16" barrel model, commonly called the "paratrooper" model. Not all of your photos are showing up for me, so I can't tell how that scope is mounted. There was a 16" variant called the "cowboy companion" that had a scope mount on the left side of the receiver.

However, they were not originally produced that way. This was a commercial adaptation (done in China on surplus military weapons) before export to the West. The bayonet lug has been cut off as well, which was common on these.

If the numbers are matching on all the parts, it's very appealing to collectors. The scope actually hurts the collector value, especially if the receiver cover has been altered or replaced to accommodate it.
 

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I will take better pictures of it for you, sure do appreciate all of the help. I know the revolvers, just don't know anything about these rifles. I will get it back out of the safe tomorrow and film it for you.

I want to sell it and a few others that I don't use, the more I know the less chance I will be taken advantage of. When I became a widow it was open hunting season for stuff he had.
 

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I think this gun has a replacement reciever cover/scope mount[part with China sticker on it].Look around for the original reciever cover, it should go with the gun.Your husband had good taste these are:cool:.
 

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Thanks, he was not good about keeping things together and I moved from arizona to maryland. Will look around I do have parts here and there.

A guy wants to look at it tomorrow, I need to figure out a possible price to present to him.
 

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Thanks, he was not good about keeping things together and I moved from arizona to maryland. Will look around I do have parts here and there.

A guy wants to look at it tomorrow, I need to figure out a possible price to present to him.
That little paratrooper is VERY desirable to SKS shooters. Now with the panic buying, that would sell at a show in the $700 to as high as $1K range. I watched plain old Yugo SKSs sell for over $500 at last weekends gun show. So as to value, I would research the auction sites an dlook at if any paratroopers have sold recently.

One question, I am a FFL holder and know Maryland has some strick gun laws. What as to legality of the SKS in Maryland? I was pulled over in Maryland going to a shoot in PA back in 07, if not for having my FFLs, I most likely would still be in Maryland as a guest in one of their cross bar hotels!!!!!
 

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It is legal in Maryland, I just looked it up.

I think I will pull it from the show, doubt the guy wants to pay 1k, he is probably hoping I don't know anything about it. The guy that took it to the show does not know about it what I have recently learned via this wonderful forum.

I have some other pistols/ rifles that I will post about. Being educated is better than giving away and being treated as a "dumb" blond! lol

Thanks again for all of the help
 

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Yup, that looks like a replacement receiver cover with a scope mount. The original receiver cover would not have had that, and would have been plain. It's possible that someone drilled the original cover to mount that scope rail, though. You may have to remove the yellow sticker from the rear and see if there's a serial number on there. If there isn't, then it's a replacement.

You can see on the left side of the receiver (just under the removable cover) that there is an original side-mounted scope rail, with the stock notched out for it. That is not a standard military part for the SKS - it was added by the Chinese during refurbishment, before exporting to the US. It is indeed a Cowboy Companion model. Very nice collectible rifle you have there, if you can find the original matching receiver cover.

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You should also remove the receiver cover and bolt carrier so you can access the bolt itself and check the numbers. Instructions for doing this can be found here: http://will.mylanders.com/shot/sks/
 

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I think this gun has a replacement reciever cover/scope mount[part with China sticker on it].Look around for the original reciever cover, it should go with the gun.Your husband had good taste these are:cool:.

I found the original receiver cover (in the safe no less) with the same ss#'s as the rest of the gun.

All the ss's of the gun parts match, I have not taken it apart to check the bolt numbers yet. Next on my list, then I will post it for sale somewhere.
 
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