Original Chi-Com Vietnam Era Military Surplus Type 56 Chinese SKS Rifles Manufactured at the famous Jianshe Arsenal #26 7.62x39, semi-auto. Includes 10 round box mag and spike type folding bayonet. Well used and will show their history but highly functional and very cool! These are military turn ins so expect some battle scars. Stored in heavy cosmoline.

Update 05/07/2019 - These are the remainder of the very exclusive lot of rifles that we originally offered several weeks ago. We committed to this entire lot of rifles very early in the year but they got separated onto 2 different vessels during the import process and this second batch took far longer to arrive than expected. The good news is that they are finally here and we are happy to be able to offer them.

Original Vietnam Era Chinese SKS Rifles W / Spike Bayonets. C & R Eligible

What A Find. These historic and highly popular Chi-Com rifles were banned from importation by the Clinton Administration in the early 1990's. This small group of rifles was stored in a neutral country for over 20 years before being granted an exception for import and are now here at Classic Firearms for sale to you. Rifles have been stored in heavy cosmoline ( no extra charge for that ) and as such are well preserved but will be in Turn-In condition.

Rifles are complete and functional but expect varying degrees of bluing wear ( some heavy, some less ) , and stocks with dents, dings, scratches, digs, gouges, and discoloration from service use, handling and storage. Further concerning the stocks, most stocks are solid but some may have small cracks and / or in some cases even a little trench art. We have not found any that are broken or unsafe to use as these have all been sorted out by the importer. You can expect a good solid shooter, but in most cases, not a really pretty stock. However we have done a thorough inspection on these and there are a lot of exceptions to that rule as many are quite nice so the the cosmetic condition is pretty much all over the place. I even found some that looked darn close to being unissued with really nice stocks and 100% blue, but those were the exception... not the rule. Overall I would say that these guns average about 80% of new condition cosmetically. Now I like the way they look overall and many are actually pretty nice but to be clear, and so nobody can say we didn't represent them properly, there are a number of ugly stocks in there so expect an ugly stock.

Same goes for the bluing however to a far lesser extent. We have seen some guns with excessive bluing wear but I would say that is the exception as most of these guns are running 80% plus in the blued department with many being closer to 100%. The good news is we did not see any rust on any of the rifles ( at least above the stock line ) and due the the amount of cosmoline on them, I don't think you will.

We do offer a hand select in which we will pick the best of 10 from any particular group. Now remember, the more rifles that sell, and the more hand selects are drawn from the lot, the lower the standard for the hand select will be even though it will still be the best of 10. As such, the early bird gets the worm so to speak on the best of the hand selects.

Some stocks may possibly have trench art (field carvings) in the stocks as represented in one of the images above. We are not disqualifying these carvings from hand selects as these are prized by some collectors and many consider this field art extremely desireable. We also do not dis-qualify a slight repairable crack in the stock from qualifying as a hand select as the rifle may be head and shoulders above the others in it's group otherwise.

I had the opportunity to be a part of the inspection on these rifles and every rifle has had the bolt cycled and the trigger pulled to check for dry fire function. I have no doubt that all of these rifles will function properly. However, as with all surplus firearms it is important to follow all safety protocols before firing.

Important Safety Warning - Please note, as with any surplus firearm we advise that you have the rifle inspected by a competent gunsmith before firing. In addition all cosmoline needs to be thoroughly cleaned from the rifle... especially from the bore, the gas system, trigger group and the bolt group and special care needs to be taken to insure that the firing pin moves freely within the lower bolt.

SKS rifles are designed with a Free Floating Firing Pin and as such can be prone to Accidental Discharge or " Slam Fire's " if the firing pin should happen to get stuck in the out position. This can occur due to the firing pin being rusted and stuck in the out position or due to the channel containing the firing pin getting clogged with any type of dirt or debris that would prevent the firing pin from moving back and forth freely within the lower bolt. Even heavy cosmoline within the bolt body can clog the firing pin channel preventing the firing pin from receding back into the bolt face quickly enough thereby causing a discharge upon the chambering of a round. As such, it is very important to not only clean the lower bolt thoroughly before firing but also to keep a check on the lower bolt to be sure that the firing pin is moving freely back and forth within the bolt body. Also, as with all firearms, always chamber a round in a safe direction and never point your firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.

Now for the good stuff.

These are all very early rifles - i.e. Pre Vietnam to Early Vietnam Era rifles which probably saw use in that conflict...
As original early military rifles they contain Mil Spec parts based on the manufacturing protocol in use by that particular military contract factory during the time period that they were produced. All of these rifles have a barrel lug which can be seen between the rear sight and the receiver indicating that they are threaded in rather than pinned in barrels. In addition , most of the trigger groups are milled ( from my observation around 70% ) but some are stamped. While there is no practical difference between the function of a milled trigger and a stamped trigger many people consider the milled trigger groups to be superior quality and as such in addition to a hand select for cosmetic, we also offer a hand select to insure a milled trigger.

Most that I have seen have a cleaning rod however we do not guarantee a cleaning rod unless you choose a hand select. All will have a folding spike type bayonet.

The SKS rifle fires 7.62x39 ammunition from a 10 round box magazine but detachable high cap mags are inexpensive and very easy to obtain.

These are C & R Eligible

When we first started in business in the late 80's we sold thousands of Chinese SKS rifles and as such I have a soft spot for them.
They will always be my favorite.

After market stocks, magazines and accessories are plentiful and easy to install, and they are just plain cool guns.

Don't let my overly honest description fool you, I have intentionally been hyper critical and have tried to paint a worst case scenario because we want to be brutally honest as to the worst possible case scenario and we do not want to deal with returns due to not meeting your expectations. We learned a long time ago that even though we tell folks that any rifle is a well used surplus former military rifle that has been drug through the mud and the blood, they still somehow expect to get a brand new Belgium Browning. As such, we would rather portray the worst case and have you pleasantly surprised upon receipt than vice versa.

In truth, I really like what I have seen in these so far, and I think that as long as you know going in exactly what they are, that you will be pleased with them too. Thus the super long description. All of the guys on staff have seen these and commented about how much better these look than the small group we had a couple of years ago, and how they think folks will be even happier with these, and these guys are all shooters and gun nuts.... that is always a good sign.

They are historically significant, and make a fine addition to any collection.....

I encourage ya'll to get one or more of these Chinese SKS's before they're gone. It will probably become your favorite rifle.

Product Specs 7.62x39 Semi-Auto All Milled 10 Rd Box Mag With Folding Bayonet
Country of Manufacture China
License Requirement Curio and Relic
Manufacturer Norinco
Mfg. Part Number chicom-sks
UPC 000000000000
Caliber/Gauge 7.62x39
Action Semi Automatic
Barrel Length 20
Condition Surplus / Used


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Great deal! A big thanks to all the people at Classic Firearms. Worth every penny!

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Where can you find a sks for 100 bucks ? Or even 200. Times change as do prices. 100 dollar sks and mosins are long gone

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But they didn't add capability, quality, or convenience?

No thanks.

Might as well spend $200 more for an AR instead of $300+ shipping on this Chinese junk.

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If you're trying to buy a firearm based on its compatibility, quality or convenience, then a 1960's era SKS covered in cosmoline is probably not for you. This is for people who find intrinsic value in firearms that are aged, used in combat, or rare.

Why even compare this to a modern day AR that can be had for $500?

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"Why even compare this to a modern day AR that can be had for $500?"

Because all Martyr_Machine can do is whine about things he does not own / cannot accord. He is that 37 year old guy who craps on everyone else's car but still rides the bus. His imaginary Lambo is better than your real Volvo....

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Actually that seems like sound advice. Palmetto has AR's for about $350 all the time. Why spend $300 on chinese when i can get brand new for $350 and all the flexibility that an AR has....of course if someone wants an SKS thats ok too.

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Anyone who swears by a Taurus is not allowed to weigh in on a gun conversation. Minuteman?

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What's wrong with Taurus? They are cheap, work great, and have a lifetime warranty.

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The video for the uncrating of these are on sootch00 on youtube

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Plus almost $30 shipping.... really ?? Throw in an original Chinese 60’s era sling and a Chinese cleaning kit for inside the stock... c’mon Classic... $350 is a decent price, but the days of including neat military surplus stuff with the gun are long gone....

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Another Sweaty Ben special!

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