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Old 02-21-2018, 8:03 PM
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Default Wanna see a purple Chinese type 56 carbine?

This was one of the first Chinese SKS carbines I purchased after they were first being imported. I was a 01 type FFL at that time. This "boxed" 0-141 arsenal carbine came as shown with purple shellac. I've seen other carbines from this same arsenal which also had the purple shellac finish.

All stamped matching.

You can see the early import markings which were done with a electro etch on the top cover. This location was not BATFE approved, and Century had to change where they were applying their import stamps a short time later.

Also unscrupulous profiteers were removing these markings and rebluing the top covers and claiming they were Vietnam bring backs....

So a word to the wise always check the top cover of any SKS where someone claims it's a bring back...

Didn't get a chance to take full pic's, so these will have to do for now.

The metal used for the bolt carrier is also unique, as it shows an abnormal amount of "grain" almost as if it were Damascus...

I bought this carbine in 1984. Hard to believe I've had it for 34 years...












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Old 02-21-2018, 8:08 PM
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That's a maker/Arsenal I have never seen before.

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Very nice!
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Old 02-21-2018, 8:14 PM
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Truly A Beautiful Weapon ........

And what was the going rate ( $$ ) back in 1984

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The "font" used for the serial numbers are unique. The almost look carved into the metal.

The SKS pundits claim the first two digits of the serial number are the year of production, and the remaining letters are the ascending number of carbines produced at that arsenal that year. This particular arsenal was a very low production plant.

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Truly A Beautiful Weapon ........

And what was the going rate ( $$ ) back in 1984
My records show it was $125.. Dealer cost.

This was at the beginning of the importation of these, so they were a pretty rare item.

The real cheap carbines came much later. I think I have in my records that show I bought five on sale for a total of $195.oo That was dealer cost, and they were used...

Still a $39.oo rifle...
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Another centerfold from SVT's collection!
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