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Old 08-17-2011, 3:43 PM
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Hello All. I have a Norinco SKS and was wondering what the date of import or manufacture is. I understand chinese factory markings are very inconsistent and difficult to trace. This picture is the only marking on the rifle, besides the serial number on other parts. The "91" just before the "081XX" serial number makes me think it might be made in 1991. The other writing I am assuming is from the importer as it mentions VA, Virginia haha. Any Ideas? Thanks

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If I recall correctly there is no real way to date norincos. They were made commercially for a long time to sell in the us but importation got banned many years ago

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If I recall correctly there is no real way to date norincos. They were made commercially for a long time to sell in the us but importation got banned many years ago
That's what I figured. What an epitome of Chinese marketing. Just make as many as you can as fast as you can and load 'em on that cargo ship to America. No need to properly mark them.
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yeah if you want to get an idea of when and what yours is exactly there is tons of info over at sksboards.com
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Survivor's SKS boards has a wealth of info specifically for dating your SKS.
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Survivor's SKS boards has a wealth of info specifically for dating your SKS.
Except Chinese and Yugos... records for which are non-existant.
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Except Chinese and Yugos... records for which are non-existant.
Actually survivors has rough info on what years both were made in but the yugos are more solid because of arsenal tag info that was collected

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