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Chinese SKS Type 56 Rifle - Original Military All Milled 7.62x39 Semi-Auto w/ Chrome Lined Barrel - C&R Eligible

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Early Original Military Surplus Chinese SKS Rifles For Sale. 7.62x39 , semi-auto, all milled, chrome lined barrels. Includes 10 round box mag and blade type folding bayonet.  Well used and battle scarred but functional.

Also Available - SKS 30 Round Detachable Mags... 

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Chinese SKS Type 56 Rifle - Original Military All Milled 7.62x39 Semi-Auto w/ Chrome Lined Barrel - C&R Eligible

Early Original Military Surplus Chinese SKS Rifles For Sale. 7.62x39 , semi-auto, all milled, chrome lined barrels. Includes 10 round box mag and blade type folding bayonet.  Well used and battle scarred but functional.

Also Available - SKS 30 Round Detachable Mags... 

  • Buy 10 for $299.99 each and save 7%
  • Buy 20 for $279.99 each and save 13%

We will select the best 1 out of 5 for exterior cosmetics. However. this does NOT guarantee any specific grade or condition rifle. The rifle will still be ugly as all of the Chinese SKS rifles are ugly. Unlike most surplus guns, these have NOT been through a refurb process.
The only parts we check for all matching (if you selected this option) are.....1) receiver, 2) stock, 3) bolt, 4) dust cover, 5) trigger guard, and 6) mag well.
Chinese SKS Rifle - Original Military All Milled 7.62x39

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  • My SKS & my AK74
  • Russian serial. All numbers match. I love this gun.
  • Get your shine on
  • Shellac paint.
  • "Guerrilla Style" SKS. Was missing safety spring and stock spring. Some commie string and a cotton ball fixed that!
  • "Guerrilla Style" SKS. Was missing safety spring and stock spring. Some commie string and a cotton ball fixed that!
  • "Guerrilla Style" SKS. Was missing safety spring and stock spring. Some commie string and a cotton ball fixed that!
  • Sino-Soviet SKS right after unboxing
  • Unboxed 1
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  • nboxed 6
  • Unboxed 7
  • Unboxed  8
  • Cosmoline removed 1
  • Cosmoline removed 2
  • Cosmoline removed 3
  • Cosmoline removed 4
  • Cosmoline removed 5 stock
  • Cosmoline removed 6 stock
  • Cosmoline removed barrel obstruction
  • Pedraza sks1
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  • Pedraza sks0
  • Pedraza sks00
  • Pedraza sks000
  • My new baby.
  • My new favorite baby!
  • 5 digit no factory left side
  • 5 digit no factory right side
  • All matching "Sino-Soviet"!  The $20 upgrade for all matching was worth every penny.
  • JB
  • 1956 Sino Soviet Type 56
  • 1956 Sino Soviet Type 56
  • 1956 Sino Soviet Type 56
  • 1956 Sino Soviet Type 56
  • My "Chinese" cleaned up
  • My "Chinese" cleaned up 2
  • My "Chinese" cleaned up 3
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  • My "Chinese" cleaned up 6
  • My "Chinese" cleaned up 7
  • Pair of type 56's
  • wood
  • wood and steel
  • more wood and steel
  • SKS after cleanup
  • Heads up, lots of cosmoline!
  • After lots of whiting, and new shellac
  • Here is my 6 digit SN no arsenal marked SKS right after unboxing
  • Here is my 6 digit SN no arsenal marked SKS right after unboxing
  • stock is covered in cosmoline but is in overall decent shape
  • check out all that cosmoline, but the blueing on the gun looks awesome!
  • Here is my 6 digit SN no arsenal marked SKS right after unboxing
  • stock is covered in cosmoline but is in overall decent shape
  • check out all that cosmoline, but the blueing on the gun looks awesome!
  • the other side
  • the other side
  • import mark
  • Trench art miri
  • Cresent moon and star
  • Chinese SKS
  • Cleaned up
  • The SKS joins the family
  • Fresh out of box-01
  • Spot of Cosmoline
  • Something gooey
  • I have some work to do
  • Cosmoline removed, Sino-Soviet1
  • Cosmoline removed, Sino-Soviet 2
  • Cleaned it up and added a leather sling. Very nice !
  • Fresh out of the box
  • Not too cosmolined
  • Cleaned and fired next day at 100 yards. Acceptable accuracy.
  • My order
  • Fresh out of the box 1
  • Fresh out of the box 2
  • Fresh out of the box 3
  • Unpackaged
  • Simple green and near-boiling water cut the cosmoline right out of the metal parts.
  • Removing cosmoline from barrel and stock (heat gun and hot water)
  • All cleaned up and ready for the range!
  • Sight picture.
  • Glorious!
  • unbox
  • after clean
  • perfect bore
  • Before and After
  • What a cutie after shooting
  • After cosmo cleaning
  • All matching numbers
  • Classic Firearms SKS rt. and lft. views
  • Classic Firearms SKS btsck lft.
  • Classic Firearms SKS forestk rt.
  • Nice two letter Cyrillic serial number!  All matching, but didn't pay the extra for it! Awesome.
  • Great stock with nice wood grain and pattern
  • And lucky me!  A Tula star!
  • Sweet surprise its a Russian sks!
  • Russian sks mill markings
  • thanks Classic!
  • unpacked
  • cosmoline free
  • Chinese SKS
  • Chinese SKS
  • Chinese SKS
  • replaced w/ Polish stock
  • replaced w/ Polish stock
  • afh2 #1
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  • Before
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  • With Tapco stock installed
  • Still in the Cosmoline. All win!
  • Classic firearms sks
  • unwrapped
  • thick cosmo
  • ripped apart and cleaned
  • Izhevsk 1954 all matching numbers
  • Izhevsk 1954 all matching numbers
  • Parts all Clean
  • Reassembled without stock (still working on it)
  • Sks with tapco furniture and 20 rd mag, ler scope, and bipod.
  • 1952 SKS 45 Cosmo Carbine
  • 1952 SKS 45 Ferko
  • out of box
  • matching #
  • cleaned up
  • Sino-Soviet SKS
  • 1956 Sino-Soviet, From Classic. All matching number. When I saw the wood grain, I had to do the stock
  • 1956 Sini-Soviet, matching numbers
  • With Cartouche
  • First Look out of the Box
  • Ready to Shoot
  • Cosmoline
  • Cleaned & Ready for Re-assembly
  • Completed SKS
  • SKS unboxing
  • SKS unboxing - plenty of cosmo, but good quality underneath
  • SKS unboxing - more cosmoline
  • Cleaned up Sino-Soviet SKS
  • 95% De-Cosmolined 1956 Sino-Soviet all except bolt/carrier numbers match paid base price
  • SKS 56  on stand
  • SKS 56 butt plate with cleaning kit
  • SKS 56  reciver & ammo
  • cleaned up
  • fresh out of thebox
  • 6 digit  "ghost"
  • Holy Cosmoline! But a beautiful rifle under it all!
  • No arsenal mark 6 digit serial number
  • Sino Soviet SKS as received
  • Sino Soviet SKS in an SGWorks bullpup stock
  • Un-boxed 6 digit serial no factory marking (MBC)
  • Cosmoline from the barrel (MBC)
  • Cleaned up (MBC)
  • Finally cleaned up and ready to shoot! (MBC)
  • (MBC)
  • I believe it to be a 6 digit (Ghost) (MBC)
  • SKS with Show dog
  • SKS with no dog
  • SKS1
  • SKS2
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  • SKS7
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  • just opened
  • SKS after cleaning and refinishing
  • SKS as received
  • SKS bolt and mag covered in cosmoline
  • SKS bolt and mag
  • SKS handguard
  • SKS new finish
  • SKS stock ready for new finish
  • My sks 56
  • Type56-01
  • Type56-02
  • Type56-03
  • Type56-04
  • Type56-05
  • Type56-06
  • Type56-07
  • My Classic purchase post cleaning
  • Covered in Cosmo
  • Covered in Cosmo
  • Cleaned & Stocks Refinished
  • Cosmo Removed
  • Before cleaning
  • Half way done
  • Finished product
  • All done!
  • Close up #1
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  • Close up #3
  • Close up #4
  • Scope and laser on my beautiful ghost sks!!
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Product Specs 7.62x39 Semi-Auto All Milled 10 Rd Box Mag Chrome Lined Barrel With Folding Bayonet
Caliber 7.62x39
Gauge N/A
Free Shipping No

Brutus' Description

Early Original Military All Milled Chinese SKS Rifles

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 are complete and functional but expect bluing wear, and stocks with dents and dings.  Some may even have slightly cracked stocks not noticeable under all the cosmoline.  These are packed in fairly heavy cosmoline.

Concerning the stocks, most stocks are solid and some may have small cracks.  We have not found any that are broken, or unsafe to use. They are not pagent winners. Expect a good solid shooter, not a pretty stock.

Some stocks may possibly have trench art (field carvings) in the stocks as represented in one of the images above. We are also not disqualifying these carvings from hand selects as these are prized by some collectors and many consider this field art extremely desireable.

Now for the good stuff. 

These are all very early rifles -  i.e. Pre Vietnam Era, and as such they contain all milled parts.
The barrels are all threaded into the receivers (rather than being pinned) and they all have the heavy reinforced barrel lug. All trigger groups are 1 piece milled units rather than being stamped.  Some of the gas tubes are one piece milled as well

Also, since these all have chrome lined barrels the bores should still be fairly nice, and I will bet you a dollar these will all still function flawlessly and have thousands of rounds of life left in them.

Some, but not all, still have the cleaning rods in them, but all will have a folding blade type bayonet.

Feeds from a 10 round box magazine but detachable high cap mags are inexpensive and very easy to obtain.

These rifles came into the country packed in heavy cosmoline. 

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 tried to paint a worst case scenario but the truth is some of these ain't half bad.

Even the roughest ones are mighty fine shooters.

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

We only have a very small batch this time...  

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.

Manufacturer's Description

Early Original Military (Type 56) Chinese SKS Rifles For Sale. 7.62x39 , Semi-Auto, All Milled, w/ Chrome Lined Barrels. Includes 10 Round Box Mag and Blade Type Folding Bayonet. Well used but very functional.
Like most all Chinese SKS rifles, these are not beauty queens as they have not been through a refurbishing process. If you are not ok with an ugly rifle, do not order one of these.

Additional Information

Product Specs 7.62x39 Semi-Auto All Milled 10 Rd Box Mag Chrome Lined Barrel With Folding Bayonet
Caliber 7.62x39
Gauge N/A
Free Shipping No

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Customer Reviews

Great Rifles
Review by Josh on 4/15/14
I've purchased 2 of these rifles so far from Classic. I received one Ghost Rifle last summer and one Sino-Soviet SKS last month. Both were all matching, hand selects. The stock on the first one was in good condition. The second one was a little ugly so I refinished it. Bluing on both is good. Both rifles shoot great. Will be buying more. Thanks Classic.
Video Review
Chinese SKS Type 56 Classicfirearms.com
Uploaded by Josh C
Ordered out for Chinese .. and got a Russian Bride!
Review by Boris on 3/28/14
The rifle was advertised as an "early Chinese SKS" with a chrome-lined barrel and milled receiver. This sounded great on its own, but when I received the rifle I found matching Russian serial numbers. Bonus!

The transaction went smoothly and Classic Firearms did a great job as always. They remain my "go to guys" when it comes to C&R firearms.

Cosmoline removal went smoothly and the rifle has shot a wide range of ammunition flawlessly without the slightest problem. If you have the opportunity to pick an SKS up from Classic, don't wait. I hate to sound like "Brutus", but they won't be around forever.
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Quick Purchase Review - Classic Firearms "Chinese" SKS
Uploaded by Binary Boris
Great vintage military rifle
Review by William on 3/26/14
This was a great purchase. It does come packed with cosmolene but boiling water takes it right off. This rifle shoots great 100 yards with iron sights no problem. I fired 200 rounds from it with no issues smooth firing weapon. If you are in the market buy from classic arms.
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Chinese sks rifle
Uploaded by chip0025
I'm still loving my SKS!
Review by Swiss Mister on 3/23/14
My last video review was some Classic Firearms SKS along with 2 other guns. THIS video is ALL about my new SKS! I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed shooting!
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More SKS or Type 56 fun!
Uploaded by The SWISS MISTER Shooting Channel
Solid shooter and piece of History!
Review by 03GeeTee on 3/18/14
Ordered my SKS a few weeks ago and am very pleased with the rifle I received. I did not pay extra for any hand pick fees but I still received an all numbers matching low serial number Sino-Soviet SKS! And on top of that it also came with the cleaning kit still in the buttstock. One of the more exciting things about this rifle is the name that I found carved into the handguard (Serja Avdulaj) as a fan of military history I thought that this was awesome. Classic took a bit longer on shipping than usual but I am very happy with the result. Overall, besides the wood being dinged up (I thought about refinishing it but decided I like the battlefield look) I really can't find anything negative about the rifle. Thanks Classic!
Video Review
Sino Soviet SKS from Classic Firearms
Uploaded by explosivesdude
Review by Swiss Mister on 3/16/14
I'm super happy with my SKS purchase from Classic Firearms. I will order from them again!
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Love my 2 Sino-Soviet SKS's
Review by Mike D on 3/3/14
I received two Sino-Soviet SKS's last month from Classic. Both were all matching, hand selects. Classic did not disappoint. The stocks are in very good condition, and the bluing on both are excellent. There was an issue with the firing pin on one, and Classic came through to make it right. Thanks guys, love the rifles.
Video Review
Mar 2, 2014
Uploaded by MikeD's Vids
Might not be the prettiest SKS on the block...
Review by Jagrmaister on 2/26/14
Received my Chinese SKS from Classic. I asked for numbers matching and received just that, an all matching Sino-Soviet. She's definitely not the prettiest SKS ever, but I'll forgive it if it shoots well, which I'm sure it will. Was absolutely packed in cosmoline as other reviews have suggested, but that's also expected. Once it was cleaned up, the bluing was nearly absent and the stock was discovered to have been dragged behind a truck. I know things were hard in Albania, and this rifle has the scars to prove it. Mechanically this rifle is good to go, however. All clean on the inside, and the barrel is pristine. All said, I'm still happy with the purchase. Word of caution, DO take down your bolt. I soaked mine in mineral spirits, and then busted it down. Even after the soak, it still had a good channel of cosmoline built up and the firing pin would move and function but was not completely free. Surely, this would've been a "slam-fire" situation down the road. I'm tempted to order another and see if I can get a bit better cosmetics, but I suspect these are all pretty rough around the edges and just good shooters. Sweet addition but only 4 stars because even though it's a cool piece of history I cjust an't give a rifle this rough 5.
Video Review
SKS from Classic Arms
Uploaded by Jagrmaister13
Good Rifle
Review by Henry on 2/21/14
When your baby momma wants a gun get her an SKS :D, The stock was in dirty but otherwise good rugged condition, the rifling groove is decent and will make the target with your due practice. The skewer is in good shape >:D.... Need a rifle that can stick it out with you and your family, this is the one can go for. Thanks Classic :D.
Video Review
Mommas SKS
Uploaded by Ree Vich
Great gun, super fast shipment
Review by Casey on 2/14/14
Opted for exterior cosmetics on this SKS, gun arrived less than 48 hours after I placed the order. It looked better than I expected. I've removed the cosmoline and am now refinishing the stock. It shoots like a dream. It's now one of the favorite guns in my collection. I'm very happy with the service at Classic Firearms and will very likely order from them again.
Video Review
Unboxing my Chinese SKS from Classic Firearms
Uploaded by Brown1286
Awesome shape, just what I hoped for
Review by Chad H on 2/13/14
Paid for #s match and cosmetic band select. Well worth it, got a great matching 1956 arsenal 26 gun with a low serial number.
Video Review
SinoSoviet Type56
Uploaded by Chad Hinterweger
Second SKS from classic!
Review by Jason on 2/10/14
This is my second Chinese SKS Purchase from Classic I did go with both hand select and number matching options This one was a 5 digit serial # my last being a 6 digit both being 1956 production Now i have 2 of the first year of Chinese SKS production noted only 4 stars because of several spots of rusted metal. Otherwise a nice buy! Thanks Classic!
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Chinese Type 56 Sks #2
Uploaded by 45AMT
Review by graciela on 2/9/14
received a sino soviet. Letter followed by four numbers. original type 56 "carbine" as designated by the Chinese. excellent bore. wood was beat but what can you expect for a rifle this rare. Matching wood and parts.
MADE my son make a video it's so nice lol

Video Review
classic arms sks type 56 original run
Uploaded by jg Dittemore
Great shooters, almost had nimbers matching ghost rifle but both in good shape.
Review by BigHintBaikal on 2/1/14
Ordered two got a nearly ghost , bolt is different number. Chinese is numbers matching.
Video Review
Uploaded by Chad Hinterweger
Classic firearms.com Chinese SKS
Review by Michael on 1/21/14
Excellent piece if history added to my collection. Cosmoline all iver but that's fine. After a thorough cleaning, she' is ready for outside adventure.

Great and fast shipping from Classic firearms.com. Looking to do more business with folks.
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Classicfirearms.com Chinese SKS. Fantastic rifle from fantastic vendor. Great piece of history.
Uploaded by Carlton Prince
You NEED one of these!
Review by Marc on 11/27/13
Don't think about it, just get one or three like I did. The first was a type /26\ and the second two were "ghost" rifles. The two ghost rifles had most of the bluing left and the stocks were a little dinged up and the /26\ had no bluing whatsoever but had a really nice stock. I will mention that the bores on all 3 are chrome lined and pristine! They are absolutely caked in cosmoline but that is to be expected. By the way I paid for matching and hand pick on all 3 and I am very happy that I did that. All my stocks are useable with no cracks and should all be great shooters.
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Review of a Classic Firearms Chinese SKS
Uploaded by Fishinguy82
Inexpensive and accurate. Fun to shoot
Review by Elwood Blues on 10/16/13
This is my first SKS and it's everything I expected and more. It came with all numbers matching and shiny bore. It's very accurate and cheap to shoot. I will definitely buy more of those. If you like firearms, you should own an SKS!
Video Review
Review of a Chinese SKS from ClassicFirearms.com
Uploaded by mustangphil302
Solid quality firearm and loads of fun
Review by Leethegeek on 10/6/13
This is my first SKS and now I want another, it is fun to shoot, the ammo is cheap, it feels nice and solid, really just a great gun to take up into the mountains for the weekend.
Video Review
Chinese SKS from Classic Firearms
Uploaded by leethegeek
Great buy and worth the price
Review by Nightstalker1964 on 9/25/13
I purchased two of these fine examples of simple yet efficient battle rifles from another time period. As has been stated by others, the metal parts were in great shape, but the stocks were most certainly in very used condition. Although many people complain about cosmoline on these rifles, it is what has kept them safe for fifty years. Thanks, to Ben K.
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Classic Firearms SKS
Uploaded by zombieslayer1964
Pretty where it counts
Review by Lauro on 9/19/13
Like most Type 56s, the stock is pretty beat up and the bluing is pretty worn but where it counts, the bore is super shiny and is a great shooter.
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Got a Sino-Soviet, early '56, all matching serial #'s!
Review by Mordib1 on 9/5/13
Did not expect it, but after cleaning all the cosmoline off, I realized I had a prize in my hands. Very good bluing, only light spots of rust on some fittings, but not on the main parts. The chrome of the barrel and the rifling is exceptional. All the serial numbers matched and to my surprise, after identifying features in other parts of the rifle, I found I had a Sino-Soviet early 56 SKS, out of the Jianshe factory (26).

Thanks Classic! I'll be looking for more C&R purchases with you in the future!
Video Review
My Sino-Soviet SKS
Uploaded by Mordib1
Authentic Sino-Soviet Type 56
Review by Crucible Arms on 9/4/13
I was fortunate enough to get a true Sino-Soviet Type 56 from Classic Firearms. It's a matching numbers gun and the serial number confirms it was manufactured in the first half of 1956 when they were put together by the Chinese under Soviet oversight as the tooling, parts, and drawings were all transferred to the Chinese.

Classic Firearms does a great job of telling you what you are and/or aren't getting and making the buying process painless.

I did pay for the hand select and while it's a numbers gun, the stock was really, really beat up. That's the only reason for the nick to 4 rather than 5 stars.
Video Review
SKS Rifle - An Authentic Sino-Soviet Model
Uploaded by CrucibleArms
Great rifle , will purchase again from CF.
Review by El Basquero on 8/30/13
Please watch my video review as I am impressed with the rifle. The condition was exactly as expected from reading the descriptions and reviews. Baking the gun at the oven's lowest setting for 20 minutes proved to be an easy cosmoline removal. The rear sight ladder was bent but I didn't care because I installed a Peep Sight from Tech Sights. I can't wait to shoot this rifle! Thank you Classic Firearms!
Video Review
Classic Firearms Norinco SKS Type 56 Carbine Semi-Automatic Rifle
Uploaded by mauricio aspee
Excellent gun at a really good price considering others are charging hundreds of dollars more!
Review by Louis on 8/26/13
Couldn't be happier with this purchase. All matching numbers. The stock has a some nasty dents and a big chunk knocked out of it around the magazine but other than that I haven't got any complaints. 5 digit serial number with no factory marks so I can't really tell how old she is but she's definitely old!

Can't wait to clean her up and feed her!
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ClassicFirearms.com SKS 2013
Uploaded by uuuultra
Get one while you can
Review by Will D on 8/24/13
Bought this sks to replace one i had sold about 8 years ago , this was my first internet firearms purchase , it was a smooth and fast transaction. The sks i recieved was in good shape the stock was scarred with dings srapes scatches, and best of all some trench art , some names and symbols, there is more on the stock but need time to make it all out. Grab one from this batch, I know im going to try to get another one.
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SKS from classicfirearms.com
Uploaded by 1973willyd
Excellent Shooter and Survival Rifle
Review by Stephen on 8/19/13
Great rifle for the money. Sure they have seen better days cosmetically, but they are tried and true shooters. You will not be disappointed.
Video Review
Uploaded by Larzul
Buy one before they sell out!
Review by ronki53 on 8/13/13
Mine is a Sino-Soviet SKS with a numbers matching Soviet stock. All numbers minus the top cover match. The bore is excellent. This thing was covered in cosmoline when I got it and took about 2 days to clean. I highly recommend getting one of these rifles before Classic sells out.
Video Review
ClassicFireArms.com Sino Soviet SKS
Uploaded by ronki53
Great Sino-Soviet SKS
Review by Shane on 8/9/13
I'm going to say that this was my first purchase from Classic FireArms, and I couldn't be happier (thought it was a simple military model, but no, turns out (to my surprise) that it was a Type 56 Sino-Soviet model (tracked its # number and found out it was made is 1956, go figure huh?), said rifle came in a long cardboard box and bubble wrap, coated in cosmoline, which I didn't mind (took a while to clean, but was worth it), had a hard time to pound the pin out of the bolt, but finally was able to do so, cleaned the bolt and gun well, put the rifle back together, noticed it didn't come with a cleaning kit (simply bought one off E-bay, not a problem), though I am glad it did come with a cleaning rod in perfect condition, and the same day fired 5 PPU 7.62x39mm rounds though it, fired like a dream I tell ya. so I can't say enough good things about the rifle and will say last that I will definitely come to Classic Arms for my future Firearm purchases, Thank You.
Video Review
Chinese SKS - ClassicArms.com
Uploaded by ENTERPRISE1942
Great SKS!
Review by John C. on 7/28/13
I coudn't be happier with my purchase. I chose the hand select and received the highly sought-after Sino-Soviet first production version from 1956 when the Soviets supervised the new factories before turning the operation over to Arsenal 26. This was exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks again, Classic Firearms!
Video Review
Chinese SKS Review - classicfirearms.com
Uploaded by Sailor Gloom
Sino-Soviet SKS
Review by John C. on 7/26/13
I did a hand select of the Chinese SKS and was pleasantly surprised to see the rare 1956 Sino-Soviet SKS. The first year Chinese SKS was produced under direct Soviet supervision before turning over the factories to Arsenal 26. Great find and a very welcome addition to my collection. Thanks again, Classic Firearms!
Video Review
Chinese SKS Review - classicfirearms.com
Uploaded by Sailor Gloom
type 56 video and review
Review by jason on 7/1/13
This is a review and video of my type 56 (unboxed) appears to be all matching numbers nice clean minus all the cosmoline bluing is fair good about 75% wood is in good shape minimal dings with some finish wear thanks classic for the fast shipping ordered Thursday at noon arrived Wednesday
Video Review
Chinese type 56 SKS
Uploaded by 45AMT
Review by Jeff on 6/28/13
This was my first C&R Order from Classic, Ordered it Wednesday, Was at my Door at noon on Friday! Very Fast and cheap shipping, Also this has got to be one of the Greasiest Sks's i have handled, BUT It is a Russian Sks! It has a Tula Stamped 195(?) Stock, Which matches the Receiver. Everything matches except the dust cover, Which is a Chinese one. Over all the rifle has about 95% Blue, Except the Dust cover which has almost no finish, I am extremely pleased to have gotten a Russian Sks from this shipment, The stock is still not in the best of condition but still i am Very, Very, Very Happy with this. I Will make sure to order again from Classic Firearms soon!
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Classicfirearms Chinese Type 56 Sks Review
Uploaded by doggystrike
better than expected
Review by smokinggun01 on 4/14/14
Got mine last week and was surprised at the quality of these guns. Yes most of the blueing is gone and there are dents and dings but what do you expect from a almost 60 year old rifle that may have seen battle in more than one war.
Buy 10, It's more fun!
Review by Alex on 4/14/14
Some friends and I went in on an order of 10 to get the discount. We had a good time all working together cleaning them up, they were VERY heavily packed in Cosmoline (Coleman white gas works wonders on the metal parts!). We received a wide variety of conditions, from Very Good (like new or replaced stocks, good bluing, functional) to quite poor (every part of one had at least some rust, inside and out, stocks barely recognizable as such). One wouldn't fire at all, had to do work on more than one of the bolts (you really want to disassemble and clean them ALL THE WAY). SO... that said, we now have 10 functional SKS! Took some work, helped having multiples to swap parts for testing, they all shoot. They are quite accurate, my best group (with the rusty one, no less!) is 11" at 200 yards, iron sights, with an old tire for a rest. Pretty respectable for a 60 year old gun and a novice shooter! My SK has replaced my .22 for my woodchuck gun, to great effect! Might get together more friends and order 10 more! It has been a blast cleaning, restoring, adding aftermarket parts and shooting with friends. Would definitely recommend, if you and your friends are into gun projects!
very happy with this purchase
Review by jban on 4/13/14
when I got it all cleaned up better than expected. That may not have been a good thing because now I want to buy another
Good deal
Review by Johnny on 4/11/14
The discription covers what I recieved well. Rough looking but functions great. Overall happy with the purchase.
Chinese SKS
Review by Nathaniel on 4/11/14
Came fast to my local FFL dealer. And when I opened it much to my surprise (Sarcastic voice) it was caked in cozmoline, but that's half the fun right? The wood is to be expected, some minor scuff's and dings but the bluing on the rifle is absolutely phenomenal! L:ike It just came out of the factory and they submerged it in cozmoline and then handed it to me. The rifling is amazing as well it shines like diamonds. If I had the money I would buy 10 more and just stock pile them.
A little rough but happy to get one at all.
Review by Randy on 4/10/14
They aren't kidding when they say heavy cosmoline.

Wood is very rough and very little bluing left.

Barrel and bore look very good.

Good for the price, would buy again and probably will soon.
Russian Tula
Review by James on 4/8/14
After cleaning all the coso off I found a numbers matching (except for cover)Russian Tula with a lamanated stock. Must be my lucky day.
great service from classic. overall a very nice gun
Review by racerone3 on 4/8/14
As always, the service I received from Classic was spot on. Ordered the gun Monday morning, and got a call from my FFL Wednesday morning that it was ready to be picked up.

As expected, the gun was caked in cosmoline. Once I got enough off to tear the gun down, I boiled the metal parts. Found that I had a 1956 (5 digit SN) All #'s match except for the receiver cover. Metal has almost no bluing left, and a little bit of rust.
Moving on to the stock, I had an issue. Every bit of Shelak came off with the cosmoline. I really wasn't wanting to refinish the gun, but had to protect the wood. I ended up gently media blasting the stock to remove what little finish was left,(media blasting does all areas evenly, so unlike sanding I was able to keep all the bumps and battle scars) then lightly sanding and applied a polyurethane sealer. Once it was dry I used 00 steel wool to remove the shine from the Poly.
Ended up with a great looking gun.
My only 2 grumbles with the gun are more an importer issue than anything else. The importer info is in fairly large font in a very visible area. Both of the major gouges in my guns stock had no cosmoline in them, telling me they were recent. Looks like the importer just tossed them back into a crate after engraving their info
Review by milo on 4/7/14
This is my second SKS from Classic Firearms. I can't say enough about this company and their employees! So nice to talk to! I received 2 great rifles that I'm really happy with. After getting them cleaned I took them to the range and both functioned flawlessly and were really accurate! This company is by far the best to order from anywhere! Fast shipping, hard working employees, great service, awesome products. Thanks again Classic Firearms!
Well worth it
Review by Vince on 4/7/14
I've ordered 3 over the past month, I'm currently waiting for the 3rd to be delivered. So far I've received a ghost and a sino soviet both #'s matching. The first one I ordered(ghost) I opted for both cosmetic and matching, the rifle I received was both except for a new looking gouge on the stock. The 2nd(sino-soviet) I opted for matching and no cosmetic, #'s matched and the stock was in good condition with some nice trench art. Classic has been top notch with their service,I'll definitely be buying more of these! C&R is eeeeeeeevil!
Happy, happy, happy!
Review by cvhelleri on 4/7/14
Bought 2 of the Chinese SKS rifles with hand select and matching serial number options. I got a beautiful 5 digit rifle with no arsenal marks, an excellent stock, and lots of nice bluing. Most have been a rarely used rifle. The second rifle was an early Sino Soviet rifle. It had less bluing and a rougher stock. Both rifles had excellent bores and were an excellent value. I ordered 2 more after seeing them.
Can't get better than this!
Review by Derek on 4/5/14
This is the best to buy firearms that are old. My sks shipped within a week after order. Covered in cosmoline but the more cosmoline the better. Only tok about 4 day to get the gun cleaned, and to restain the stock. Has little rust spots in some parts of the gun but after bluing the barrel I am not worried about rust anymore. All around amazing gun for the price can't find one cheaper anywhere else but classic firearms.
Met my expectations
Review by jimraynor21 on 4/4/14
Classic, as the other times Ive dealt with them before, was fantastic with shipping/tracking info/updates. It took a little longer to ship than my last firearm but I truly believe that Classic experienced a large influx of orders on these before the price went back up(I purchased mine a few days before that occurred). With that in mind a week(including a weekend) from clicking Submit Payment to in my hands is a superb turn around time.

First and foremost...the cosmoline cannot be understated. Be prepared to do some serious work with degreasing before you even think about firing your rifle. It was caked in every place possible. I will let you decide which methods are best. I also HIGHLY recommend(as most who know these rifles well) disassembling the bolt and making absolutely positively sure that you do not have any gunk inside allowing the pin to stick. Spraying it out assembled is really not enough to ensure you have a clear channel(and I think we can all agree that it would be devastating to have an out of battery FA volley with the potential of landing you in jail, in the hospital or 6 feet under).

Now the good stuff....I opted for the #s matching option after reading many of the other reviews of what people were receiving, and I got exactly what I wanted. I received what many refer to as a *Sino-Soviet* SKS. My serial # is a letter followed by 4 digits, and my receiver has the Arsenal 26 stamp on it as well. All of my numbers matched as guaranteed in Classics description, except the barrel(not guaranteed). The barrel, all I can say is wow. I am 99% sure that the barrel on my rifle is a retrofitted Russian. My friends and I agree also that it looked to be brand-spanking-new and unfired. The bore still looks like glass with absolutely no marks on it, beautiful sharp rifling. I believe it is Russian based on the Russian character(I could be wrong here) and serial number stamped into it.

The bluing was about 75% but that was nothing a little steel wool and $6 bluing paste couldn't handle. It was missing on about half the top cover and magazine body/trigger guard. All of the metal parts are in great shape otherwise.

As Classic disclosed and many have described, the stock is pretty beat to hell. To be accurate though, there is only a small chunk of wood(about the size of a dime) actually gouged out and the rest of it is intact. The rest of it is dented and dinged almost all over but if you are willing to put in some time and innovation there are crafty/easy ways to bring dents out of wood. Despite having the methods available to me I opted to allow the stock to retain its character. I planned to refinish it upon purchasing so I cannot speak for the stock finish as the chemicals I used removed to cosmoline also aided me in stripping the old finish. It is now a dull/semi-gloss Garand/GI-issued finish.

To my surprise the front sight was set dead windage wise and I only had to compensate the elevation slightly to make a 3-4" pattern at 100 yards right out of the box(minus the comosline of course). I also had a Tech-sight in route and after getting that installed/adjusted I was 100% honestly able to put 6 shots in a 1 1/2" group@100yards with a few flyers(plain-jane Wolf ammo, seated with no rest). So I would have to say that its very accurate and unless I got an exceptional specimen I dont buy the hype about the inaccuracy of these rifles unless the barrels are worn/shot-out although Ive yet to read anyone describing a bad barrel from this batch. Im sure with better/custom loads and a steadier hand that the rifle could easily do better. It has functioned flawlessly with 300 or so rounds down the pipe this far.

Hopefully this gives you a fairly clear idea of what you can expect in buying one of these. IMHO its a great rifle for the price if you are willing to put in some elbow grease, something I personally love to do. A few other sites have these listed ever so slightly cheaper but I value customer service as well as the product, which is why I will continue to deal with Classic.
Friendly service, Good product
Review by ramblin84 on 4/1/14
This was my first SKS so I wasn't sure what to expect. At first glance when it arrived it looked a little more worse for wear than I thought it should but, once I got it cleaned up and ran it by my set of SKS experts, everyone agreed I got a great buy. Just returned from a weekend range event and the rifle shoots great. I will definitely purchase from Classic again. And, they're friendly people to talk too.
Got what I expected
Review by Jeff on 3/31/14
Got a wonderful early sino-soviet SKS completely caked in cosmoline missing most of the bluing on top. This is by no means a bad review as this is what I expected. The rifle has a very tight action and a brilliant chrome lined bore.The rifle has since been completely stripped and parkerized. Picks to follow once I have the stock done.
Review by none on 3/31/14
great rifle as always
Hand Selected
Review by Daryl on 3/30/14
I was very impressed with the Chinese SKS I received. The stock was a little rough but with strong character. The bolt, action and barrel looked perfect. I recommend the extra hand select, they must have someone looking at the guns picking out the best one they see. I think I got one really nice. The SKS was very clean and almost dry. You still need to examine and clean everything then lubricate and shoot it as soon as you get the chance. I am waiting for some warm weather to test fire mine. It's a keeper.
All in all. Very happy
Review by Stewart on 3/28/14
I chose just the hand picked for cosmetics. I have to tell ya, I was impressed. I have seen these SKS's going for a couple hundred more and you don't know what your gonna get. Classic did very well again! If course I have seen lots of cosmoline and these are slathered in it. With the hand pick for looks I did not make a mistake. I got a very nice rifle and am very satisfied. I tell ya folks, order from these guys and you can't go wrong.
Great buy!
Review by Michael on 3/27/14
After considering getting an SKS and reading the many reviews about them I knew that it could be a real mixed bag as far as the condition of the gun I received. I was more than thrilled with the SKS delivered from Classic. I did pay extra for cosmetic condition, which was very good, but was also presently surprised with a matched number rifle as well!
You can't ask for more than Classic delivers. Will definitely be back! Thanks, Classic!
Great price great shooting rifle
Review by William on 3/26/14
Great value for this vintage military rifle. I have shot 200 rounds with no issues at all. Shooting 100 yards with iron sights and hitting 6x6 plate targets and my eyesight is not great. Really nice rifle. Buy one now
Very Nice Weapon
Review by Bill on 3/24/14
Thanks Classic. Received my SKS a few days after I ordered it. Lots of cosmoline, wood was a little dinged, but in good shape.
Bore is like new. Cleaned it up, sanded down the stock a little and rubbed it down with tung oil. Very nice gun for the money.
SKS & Cosmoline Initial Impression
Review by Patrick on 3/23/14
First I did not opt for any extras just a straight purchase, When UPS Dropped it off it was cold out and when I tried to unwrap it everything stuck to the Bubble Wrap!!
So after it had a chance to warm up in my work area I got around to giving it a once over and I discovered that the Cosmoline was on thick REAL THICK..
The photos will show a nice thick glob around the Bayonet, The Bluing Appears wore out.

This is going to take me some time, after I strip it down and Soak the Metal in a Cleaner I will move on to the stock, This may be a case for Duracoat on the Metal and Wood. This is going to take some Time to Complete and that’s ok. Thanks Classic I now have a mate for my Yugo.
Great gun with rich history
Review by Steve on 3/23/14
This is a great rifle and it gives you goose bumps when you hold it! It worths every penny! It will make you a happy person!
Nice rifle with a suprise
Review by nick on 3/23/14
The rifle looked horrid when I opened it, but cleaned up nice. All numbers matched except the cover. It was re-arsenaled with an Albanian stock. The stock was meant for a spike and never fully modified to fit the blade. If i could go back in time and slap the guy who re-arsenaled it I would. To my surprise there was a broken casing still in the chamber. Took me about 5 minutes to take it out with the proper tool.
Seriously Awesome!!
Review by Michael on 3/22/14
I had hesitated in buying one, but finally made the plunge, and am now regretting not buying one sooner. I ordered the hand select and matching numbers, and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Classic sent me a beautiful rifle that while it's not the prettiest rifle out there, she's still a beauty. I got one with no arsenal markings on it and a five digit serial number, so one of those that some people are calling "ghost" rifles. Not sure what the history is, but I am not complaining. It took me awhile to clean it, but when she was all cleaned up the wood was in very nice shape and the metal was without rust. A good share of the bluing is gone, but to me it adds some serious character to the rifle. I took it out today and fired it and a Romanian SKS. Both shot wonderfully with no issues at all. This rifle shot a bit high, but some adjustment on the sights will fix that, so it's not an issue with me. I actually had a guy come up and ask me what I was shooting, so it caught the attention of people. I actually liked this so much I bought a second one, which again yielded me a five digit rifle with no arsenal markings. To say I am happy with both purchases would be an understatement. Classic was outstanding as usual, and I can't say thanks enough for sending along such a fine firearm. This is one that will have a special place in my collection. Do yourself a favor and order one now while you still can as you will not be disappointed. Many thanks Classic, you guys are the greatest!!
Great deal!
Review by bikermike on 3/22/14
Ordered my SKS a few weeks ago and am very pleased with the rifle I received. I paid the extra for hand select and got a very nice, all matching. Sino-Soviet SKS. I was kept up to date on shipping and such and it arrived on schedule. I always enjoy dealing with Classic!
Review by Denny on 3/22/14
Received my 2 SKS's today. I paid for cosmetics and received the rifles in very decent condition. Both stocks were in good condition and one of the rifles blueing was good. One is a sino-soviet (arsenal 26) but the other has a Tula star on the side of the receiver and appears to be a last run Russian, late 55 to early 56. The rifles were shipped fast and packed good. Thanks Classic !
All numbered parts...
Review by routeus1 on 3/22/14
All parts numbered are matching, circle k & circle y, barrel marked. < 145,000 serial #.
No factory marking. Birch stock. Makes this a...
Review by DSA on 3/21/14
Recently bought one of these .
It is an awesome gun and fun to shoot.
Very easy to take apart and clean. I would highly recommend that you purchase one of these. Plus the ammo is cheap and easy to get .
Better than expected!
Review by redman on 3/21/14
Delivery was fast, and when I opened the box, first look it was about what I had expected, covered in cosmoline. Upon taking the rifle apart, and thorough cleaning, the metal parts were in great shape. I've seen better stocks, but overall mine was a well used military look, no carvings, etc, just rugged use in it's lifetime. Mine is def dated a 1956. Very proud to own a piece of history. Thanks Classic Firearms for a wonderful product!
Chinese SKS ALL number matching "Ghost"
Review by Brandon on 3/20/14
I ordered with the hand pick for matching serial numbers, and cosmetics. To my surprise after picking this up from my FFL dealer, it was an all number matching 4 numeric serial number with no arsenal markings before or after the number. stock also had the 4 digit matching number as well, and the stock is in excellent shape. I WILL be purchasing from Classic Firearms in the future!!!! I will post pictures in the near future after I get it cleaned. Thanks again Classic Firearms for the great gun at a great price!!!!
great gun
Review by ricky on 3/18/14
Great gun great price and lots of cosmoline lol
Got 2!…one for each son
Review by Michael on 3/17/14
Bought 2 while they were still around. Have 2 sons 3 and 5 and I am keeping them in the cosmo so they can have some fun at 18 in experiencing the joy of cleaning off an old milsurp rifle with trench art and history. They should eek up in value by the time they get to cleaning them off. Need to add a couple of m44's to the stash for them also. Always a good buy when sinking some cash into old military firearms.
Review by H T P on 3/14/14
My father was a partner in a gun shop since he returned from the Vietnam war until he died last October. As a kid I cleaned more of these guns on summer break than you can count. And as a late forties guy, I assure you the same guy coated these in guns (cosmiline) was the same one I cleaned as a kid. Which is a good thing. As they were well preserved.

I went with matching numbers and better quality. Got the numbers got one SKS almost unused and one with trench art and used and repaired (spring) and hammer wear. Some small amount of rust, if u call it that, bluing excellent on one good - on other. This does not concern me. I cleaned them as we all do. NOTE: if this is you first SKS clean the firing pin, nothing like this old grandpa slam firing at range, talk about clearing out firing line :).... Overall, very happy I shot them today with no problems. Will do business again with Classic Arms!
old one, but a good one!
Review by brownbear on 3/13/14
First off I got mine at $299 back in feb. Compared to what they cost in canada it is still a bit high but even at $299 they are still an excellent rifle for the money. I paid for matching serial# and for cosmetics and that is exactly what I received. Very strong rifling and excellent bore. The only complaint I have is lack of blueing which is to be expected. The rifle I received is a very early factory 26 model with a 5 digit serial# and no arsenal stampings on receiver etc.. in this sks circles referred to as "ghosts". After ALOT of cleaning and cosmoline removal what I ended up with is an excellent strong rifle chambered in one of my favorite cartridges. With just the right amount of character! Home run classic!
I love cosmoline.
Review by Jon on 3/13/14
You had better like it too, this thing was caked in it. I got it cleaned up and found a nice tight rifle with a lot of handling marks and body oil/sweat stains underneath. The import mark was no where near legible and there are a couple of minor rust divots but hey, some of this is just 'history'. There are also 4 distinct and separate small 'nicks' in the bayonet edge, all within about a half inch. The imagination runs wild but I imagine it was probably banged around on a rock or something but who knows. Gonna try to get out and shoot it soon.
Very satisfied
Review by Scott on 3/12/14
I wanted one of these for awhile and when I finally got this one, I was very satisfied overall. As was expected, I got a rifle that was completely covered in a thick layer of cosmoline which did a pretty good job of preserving this old rifle. All the numbers matched and the stock was in pretty fair condition considering its age. After spending a couple of days cleaning the metal parts, there was a small amount of rust on the barrel exterior under the front handguard but the bore looks great.

I don't know a whole lot about these rifles, but from what I was able to determine I'm almost sure this is what is called a sino-soviet SKS and a fairly early production.

The action cleaned up nice as did all the metal parts and it feels good. The wood has numerous small dents and dings but it adds a real nice character to this rifle. I decided to refinish the wood and I stripped off all the old finish but I intentionally left all the dings and dents and only gave it a real light sanding. I wanted to try and preserve the original appearance and age of this fine rifle. I finished it in gunstock coloring and gave it four coats of tung oil and it came out beautiful; a real testament to how good these relics can look!

I feel lucky I got this rifle and I will definitely buy again at Classicfirearms.com again!
Great 1956 Sino Soviet
Review by Robert on 3/11/14
I opted for both hand select options. I couldn't be more happy!! What arrived was a 40xxxsn first year production Sino Soviet with Russian stock. It even came with a russian oiler and cleaning kit!! Every component was sn matching, what a deal. I have read other reviews and a quick google search will help answer peoples questions. Basically any rifle with 1,000,000 sn and below is a first year production. 2 mil 1957 ect. Thanks a ton to Classic arms for this real treasure.
Super Company!
Review by milo on 3/10/14
Classic firearms ...one of the best to deal with! Great customer support awesome products nice people! I love my sks rifle and I'm going to buy another. If you haven't yet, buy from classic firearms!
Awesome as expeted
Review by patrick on 3/9/14
After what seems like a year of cleaning I finally got to put 'er back together yesterday afternoon. The first thing I noticed was that the stock was in great shape with only a few nicks and scratches. I also noted that there are not any numbers on the stock. Not sure what that means exactly, but the mismatch with the upper hand guard leads me to believe that the stock may not be original. Not a biggy to me in any case as the guts of the gun are awesome.
Bluing is probably around 90% -much better than expected. She,s a '56 with matching numbers as requested and sharp as a tack to look at imho. The chrome lined barrel is pristine--good as new. Ran a few rounds through 'er this afternoon. Shoots consistently high and slightly right so I know when I have a bit more time I can dial it in . All in all a great purchase and one that I feel will grow into one of my favorite shooters.
Really nice and solid SKS
Review by K-9 on 3/9/14
The stock and metal are in very good condition. Really worth the money! Great rugged shooter! Thanks, Classic! Yet again, another winner!
Review by Michael on 3/8/14
I purchased a SKS with both upgrades during the February special price period. The customer service is always great from Classic! Thank you guys very much. I received a 6 digit serial numbered rifle with no factory stamp. All numbers match from the gas tube piston to the bolt. The bluing on the rifle was magnificent, really worth the extra money for that upgrade! The stock was expected in very rough shape. I spent about 3 hours de-cosmolining the rifle. i used simple green on the metal parts for while, then I went a head and heated them up in the oven at 150 degrees to melt the cosmoline. I should have just used the oven it worked very fast. The stock was also soaked in cosmoline and I used Murphy's Oil Soap on it. The stock didn't have much finish left on it. I guess I will find another one to put on to shoot the rifle and keep the number matching stock put up.

Overall, I'm pleased with my order and excited about shooting this rifle very soon. Oh, yeah I almost forgot to mention that I also got the cleaning rod with it, kudos!

Thanks Classic Firearms for your excellent service.
Great gun for the price
Review by Kevin on 3/7/14
I ordered this gun last monday and arrived tuesday so it was 6 business days. This gun came caked in cosmoline, which if you know what youre doing, it wasnt that hard to clean. Id say it took me and a buddy 3 solid hours of cleaning. There were a few tiny rust spots but they were easily sanded down and touched up with a bluing pen, to where you wont notice the spots anymore. In all honesty the stock was the worst part of the gun, but with some elbow grease it will be beautiful again. DO NOT order this if you expect a perfect gun with 100% bluing and the stock is untouched. This gun has a ton of character and a story behind it. The gun also came all matching, which i ordered as well. Even though it wasnt a sino-soviet, which i was keeping my fingers crossed for, this gun is still pure quality. This gun has seen some action, which i do not doubt at all. The bore looks like it has never been shot. It is shiney as a new rifle. I am a purest with my military rifles, but i chose to redo the stock, but not sand off any markings or numbers. The stock had 20% of the finish left on it, and a bumch of scratches and splinters sticking up. I am going to try to keep it original looking as i can. I cannot wait for the 5 feet of snow to melt so i can get to the range! Ive heard good things about these guns and how accurate they could be! I dont know what gun it will be, but I will be ordering another gun from classic firearms in the future once i put more money into my firearms fund! These are great people with a great business! You wont be disappointed!
Excellant firearm
Review by edmrb52 on 3/7/14
I didn't know what to expect as this was my first purchase from Classic. Aside from the cosmoline, the weapon was in extremely good condition for a weapon mfg. in 1953. great markings no pitting just a few wear marks that can easily be touched up. Wish I had the cash to buy a 1/2 doz. of these. Go Classic.
Great rifle,
Review by shabby on 3/7/14
This was my first sks purchase and I sure am glad I got it from you guys at classic. it was more than the description let on, very early sino soviet, perfect barrel and the furniture wasn't that bad either. As soon as I get a little money saved up. I'm going to get another. I just hope there's some left. I also can't say enough about the customer service, GREAT!
Thanks guys for a great rifle.
All I Can Say is WOW
Review by Crazy Ivan on 3/6/14
My SKS arrived today, last than a week after placing the order. I paid extra for "Hand Select for Cosmetics" and "Matching Numbers."

The rifle arrived wrapped securely in bubble wrap/paper, so it arrived without any (new) scratches. :-) The gun was drowned in Cosmoline, wich is great, as there doesn't appear to be any rust on the rifle anywhere. The bluing on the metal parts seems excellent and the wood seems in better than average condition as far as I can tell.

Like some others on here, I appear to have a "ghost" gun. There are no markings on the receiver/bold cover at all, with the exception of the serial number. I wish I could find out some history on this rifle.

I cant wait to clean her up and go shooting. I definitely plan to purchase another CHICOM SKS from Classic.
Great value
Review by Nicholas on 3/6/14
I payed for numbers matching and cosmetics and ended up with a 5-digit "ghost" gun, with good bluing, pristine rifling, and a pretty decent stock. All in all got what I paid for. Thanks Classic
Another great purchase from Classic
Review by Jack on 3/5/14
I received my Sino Soviet SKS yesterday and I am very pleased with it. I opted for both the numbers matching and exterior cosmetics for the additional $40 and although every piece has matching numbers, the stock was a little more beat up than I was hoping for. I do understand this is the nature of the luck of the draw and I am fine with it. After all these rifles most likely have seen battle.
A few things I do want to mention is the bore looked like polished chrome that has never been used and the crown passed the bullet test. Most of the edges on the internals were still sharp. The bolt didn't show signs of wear and looked new. 98% of the bluing was still intact. I'm sure this will be a great shooter and a nice piece of history. No Chinese characters were present and since it had a eastern character followed by four digit serial and a /26\ in a triangle, this makes it an official Sino Soviet SKS.
Thanks Classic Firearms, another great buy that I am very happy with.
Sino Soviet SKS is amazing
Review by Will on 3/5/14
I promptly received my numbers matching Sino Soviet SKS and it was in fantastic condition. Classic has not yet let me down! :D

The stock was beat up, as expected, but the metal was in perfect condition. No rust, no pitting, very smooth.

The gun was coated in cosmoline which cleaned up without much difficulty. I swapped the gun into an SGWorks bullpup stock and love it.

Great gun for the money!
Very nice rifle
Review by Malot1 on 3/5/14
Ordered a #'s matching, received a 1951 Tula refurb in really good shape. Am impressed with the rifle as I had expected much worse from the description givin. This is my second purchase from Classic and will do business again.
expecting a gun in worst shape
Review by Thomas on 3/5/14
Bought the sks thinking it was gonna need a complete overhaul....all matching #s and only on defect...a damaged front sight ring....she's all stripped down getting fresh blueing and stain finish! Just need warm weather to get the stuff to dry!...will definitely buy from classic again thanks guys for taking care of my and Semper fi!
Very nice rifle
Review by John on 3/4/14
This is the third SKS I have ordered, 1st was in Dec 2012, last two in January 2014 and March 2014. 1st and last were Outstanding in finish and numbers, went cheap for finish with the middle one and was pleased with a "warrior" finish and matching numbers...best trigger of the three! Really pleased with Classic. Had a problem with a pistol order and customer service did me right immediately. Go Classic! Thanks John
Completely Satisfied
Review by Michael on 3/4/14
Ordered matching numbers but not hand select on cosmetics. I started to get a little nervous on condition and was regretting not getting both hand selects. When i got the rifle i was happy as can be. All matching # as ordered, all the metal parts were great! Stock was very rough but no cracks. I sanded lightly but left all the dents and dings fir character . Turned into a beautiful rifle! Very happy with purchase. First time with classic, will not be last.
Better Than Expected
Review by Steven on 3/2/14
I bought 1 of these a year ago from arms.no upgrades,great gun ,stock looked real bad,just bought another,paid for the upgrades,well worth the extra$,clean bore and metal in great shape,stock in very good shape ,just some cleaning and some refinishing to the stock,one nice looking hog buster,very pleased with arms.
As described
Review by Linda on 3/1/14
As described. Battle scarred but very functional. I wanted to retract my former review of 2 stars and give this one a solid 4 stars.
Great buy
Review by Customer on 3/1/14
Great service as always. The gun turned out better then I expected. All matching, the stock was if good shape without too many deep scratches and majority of the wood finish still
intacked. Very happy with this purchase.
Not the prettiest of the bunch, but...
Review by davem on 2/27/14
I could care less. I'd like to think of it as character. Not sure how others fared but the two I ordered actually came with the cleaning rods. Like the other folks these came covered in cosmoline and were a pain to clean. I'd also like to recommend completely tearing down the bolt for cleaning. You can never be too safe when it comes to possible slam fires.

I'd also like to thank Classic Firearms for their superb customer service and fast shipping. Many thanks.
Clean up nicely, and great shooters!
Review by Scott on 2/27/14
I order two of these fine rifles and after some elbow grease and patience both were cleaned of cosmoline. It was worth it, both have great bluing and function flawlessly with very little rust (which cleaned up). And to my amazement both are factory 26, 1956 dated Sino-Soviet's, which I had asked for. (well I asked for five digit serial numbers) Thank you again Classic! You have made a loyal customer here, all purchases I have made have surpassed my expectations substantially.
Great Gun, Better than Expected!
Review by cswilkins on 2/26/14
To start off with, I didn't order matching numbers or exterior cosmetics, so what I expected was a frankengun with a terrible stock and no bluing. What I got was a 100% numbers matching ghost rifle with a stock better than at least 3/4 of the reviews on here.

The rifle I got doesn't have the /26\ marking, but it has all of the advertised "sino-soviet" features such as the heavy barrel lug, milled trigger group/receiver, threaded barrel, "n" on the rear sights, etc.

As far as the stock goes, it's dented in many places, and the finish is a bit rough, but there's no bare wood showing through/splinters. The gas tube handguard does have a spot where there's about a 1 square cm spot of splintered wood, but that's an easy fix. I plan to refinish the stock anyway, and when that's done, I expect to have a stock that looks almost like new (minus the obvious dings that you could expect from a rifle this old)

The gun was shipped a week and a half after I ordered it, and was covered in what seemed like a block of cosmoline; so much that the bolt wouldn't budge regardless of how hard I pulled back on it. Cleaned it by throwing all of the metal parts in a pot of boiling water, then using WD-40 and paper towels to remove the last bits of cosmoline.
MAKE SURE TO COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLE THE BOLT AND CLEAN THE FIRING PIN CHANNEL! Even after boiling, the firing pin was still tight, and water was trapped in there by the cosmo. If I had left it, it would have rusted and caused a major safety issue.

The bolt channel for the stripper clips doesn't fit those crappy NCStar strippers, but that's not a problem with the gun, it's the crap strippers. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

The stock is completely saturated with cosmo; I am currently in the process of removing it with a heat gun.

All in all, extremely satisfied with both the price and the quality of the gun that I received.
Chinese sks
Review by Buzz on 2/26/14
Ordered the sks in late January-early February, picked up from ffl one week later, checked both boxes but still was keeping expectations low. I was very happily surprised. I was fully expecting to refinish the stock, but the wood, while nicked and gouged, was not cracked and was nice enough to leave as is. The metal finish is barely worn at the muzzle, and the butt plate has finish wear, but there is NO rust that I can find, the bore looks very good, and the rest of the metal finish is very good. Won't take it to the range until spring, can't wait. Very pleased. Thanks Classic.
Review by xanthan_gum on 2/26/14
Excellent rifle (not carbine). Great condition!
Great Buy!
Review by NM USA on 2/25/14
Purchased two at $319.99 ea. before to Feb. sale. One was a Sino-Soviet with the Alpha Character followed by four digit S/N. The second was a Russian with the Cryptic Character followed by the numeric S/N. The russian took some work as the barrel was not cleaned by the chinese soldier who used it before application of the Cosmoline. Was really rusty, but nothing some hard scrubbing and soaking did not solve. The Sino-Soviet over-all was in really great shape, with some art scrapped into the stock. Buy them as soon as you can!
Review by Kevin on 2/24/14
Ordered this SKS with numbers matching and cosmetic hand select, received a 6 digit ghost, no arsenal with trench art on the stock, great bluing, perfect bore. I am 100% satisfied with my first purchase, might just try and grab one more.
Awesome Rifle
Review by Yael on 2/22/14
Purchased a SKS from Classic and I will say that the service provided was top notch. I paid the extra $40 for matching numbers and cosmetic condition and I am so glad I did. I received a real beauty the stock was in good condition and the bluing was 98% and all the numbers match from the trigger assembly to the gas piston. the bore was shiny and looked like it was never fired. I give you all a A+ and have recommended you all to my buddies.
Awesome Rifle
Review by Yael on 2/22/14
Purchased a SKS from Classic and I will say that the service provided was top notch. I paid the extra $40 for matching numbers and cosmetic condition and I am so glad I did. I received a real beauty the stock was in good condition and the bluing was 98% and all the numbers match from the trigger assembly to the gas piston. the bore was shiny and looked like it was never fired. I give you all a A+ and have recommended you all to my buddies.
Definitely a shooter
Review by Joseph on 2/22/14
I had purchased this SKS with high hopes. When I actually went to my FFL to pick it up though, I was very disappointed. I spent hours cleaning up the cosmoline (believe me, these suckers are SOAKED!), and what I found underneath the gunk was really beat up. I don't know what the heck this thing had been through, but the stock was gouged, scratched, and had all kinds of writings on it. The bluing in many places was pretty much gone. There was some pitting on the outside of the receiver cover, magazine cover, and the gas tube. But though it was beat up on the outside, the rifling was perfect, and the internals looked great (except a chipped firing, but that was an easy fix). But I was still pretty disappointed. I tried selling it to my friends, but they weren't interested. So I decided to give it a chance at the range.

So I took it to the range to see what it could do, not at all expecting anything more than minute-of-barn accuracy. I saddled up on the bench, loaded the mag with some Tulammo, and fired three shots at 50 yards. I peered through my spotting scope to see that it placed them right where I aimed and all three shots were right next to each other in a horizontal line. I was thoroughly impressed. I thought that certainly this thing was on its last legs, but appearance isn't everything. In short, if you are looking for beauty, this is not the gun for you. But it is definitely a shooter and would make a great gun to drag through the woods or toss in the back of the truck. This is the ultimate utility rifle.
Product was 1 star, I got the one nobody wants
Review by Eric on 2/22/14
I don't care one bit about too much cosmoline. This one had a broken stock, severe rust, to make a long story short the stock, barrel, and other parts would have to be replaced to bring it to a NRA antique good condition. There was at least a quarter cup of sand still on it so it was dug out of some hole. This is not a review of Classic as I've ordered a few times from them and they get 5 stars on the other orders and their customer service. I refused at my FFL and Classic RMA was very professional and fast. This specific rifle was one star and Classic has been 5 star to me so that is why I rate it at 3.
Chinese SKSs
Review by AMB on 2/20/14
I recieved two Chinese SKS rifles a month apart. First one is a 5 digit Ghost that almost number matches except for the Tula dustcover. Very nice Russian Artic Birch wood and metal finish. Second one is a F prefix numbers matching Sino-Soviet with 26 stamp in great shape. The stock is soaked with lots Cosmo but the rifle has that battle field look to it that is very authentic. If you don't enjoy a good project or like the smell of 10 pounds of greasy Cosmoline included free per rifle, these aren't for you. Shipping is fast and the rifles are as described, no surprizes. I will buy more of these SKS rifles. Classic is great!
Review by David on 2/19/14
Waited anxiously for these to come back in stock. Paid the extra $20 for matching numbers. Got the matching numbers and a whole lot more. The stock has engravings on both sides and cannot be refinished. I'm torn between having something kitschy and getting a new composite stock. I'd hoped to have a solid wood stock for authenticity. The big disappointment was that the weapon was 100% white. Someone had buffed off all of the bluing that showed outside of the stock. Fortunately it was packed in heavy cosmolene, but long term it's likely to rust without treatment. When I tried to disassemble to clean, I could not get the gas tube off. It's now at a gunsmith to see what they can do. Hopefully no major repairs, but it will have to be re-blued. By far the worst of the weapons I've purchased from CF.
Review by brandon on 2/19/14
picked mine up at my ffl a few weeks ago and was pretty happy with my purchase.

mine is a mostly numbers matching (not gas tube, stock or top cover) Ghost gun with a PN38** serial number. this weapon has early chinese features along with russian. i am really at a loss as to where its actually from. the stock appears to be a russian hardwood stock with bottom sling mount with domed head screws. the gas tube lever has a tab on it. i wish now i had not have removed the cover toggle and installed a tech sight. should have left it alone! gun passes the "bullet" test very well. cannot speak to the chamber but i assume it is good as well. bore is very bright. most of the bluing is gone.

overall i am happy with it and hope i can get all of the cosmo out of the stock and get it looking good again!
decent rifle great customer service.
Review by paul on 2/11/14
Rifle came as expected, cosmoline nightmare. The stock was ok a few big gouges and some initials carved in. No serial number. Only a tiny spot of rust under charging handle and blueing wear around the muzzle/bayonet area. I got it all broke down and cleaned and these are my impressions.

It seems to be a patchwork rebuild. No arsenal markings. The receiver, bolt, carrier, cover and trigger guard all have matching 5 digit serial number with the gas tube having it electro penned on and the stock carved on the inside. (the number would put it built in 1960 if I knew for sure where it was built) on the bottom of the barrel where it meets the receiver it has a completely different serial. One character followed by 4 numbers. So the barrel is of sino-soviet origin but the rest is anyones guess without any other markings.

I did not pay the extra money for any hand selecting for numbers or condition. Even if I had I don't think I would have gotten any different of a rifle.

Im satisfied overall with the purchase and the experience with classic and have no doubt once its refinished and assemble I will have a good shooting rifle.
Better than expected
Review by rb on 2/11/14
I took a chance on this recent batch of Type 56 SKS rifles. I was hoping for a nice Sino-Soviet and that's what I received. The wood is better than some I've seen. Metal had about 60% bluing left. All matching numbers, including stock. These are great rifles to shoot and collect.
Chinese SKS Rifle
Review by Robert on 2/11/14
What I thought I was purchasing was a Chinese SKS. However, based on the arsenal markings, what I got was a refurbished Russian SKS from the Tula Arsenal in 1950. I just unboxed this a couple of nights ago, and it is very heavily coated with cosmoline which I have not yet started to remove. I'm looking forward to seeing it after it is cleaned up, and I'm certainly looking forward to shooting it.

One downside to it is that the post on the front sight is missing ---- that makes it a tad bit harder to be accurate with when shooting, which is part of the reason for marking it 4 stars.
good gun, good price
Review by tb on 2/10/14
Everyone needs an SKS. That's a fact Jack. Gun was covered in heavy cosmoline, but after a thorough cleaning, shot 100 rounds without an issue.
Review by dave on 2/10/14
249.00 cracked stock review
Review by Mailman on 2/9/14
First I ordered the rifle knowing it may have crack or two in the stock. When i unboxxed the rifle it was covered in cosmoline and looked good. after the removal of the cosmoline i found one 4 to 5 inch crack going between the indention above and too left of magazine going diagonal toward the trigger. which gives me a nice project like i wanted. also it was a 1953r russian tula , Thanks classic
Great condition and great value for the money!
Review by Matt on 2/9/14
Being a Maryland resident, AKs and ARs are now outlawed in this wonderful state, with a few exceptions. Fortunately SKSs are still able to be freely owned with no hassle. So I ordered a hand select with nos. matching sks last week. This was my 5th SKS ordered from Classic and I had been happy with all of them so far. When the ffl recieved the rifle I couldn't wait to see what I had gotten. What I received was a beautiful matching 4 digit ghost with a very nice red varnished stock and 95% blueing. There are no deep gouges or scratches on the stock, just 2 circular indentations from the bolt handles of other rifles pressed into the wood and a few areas of missing varnish and minor gouges. No stock refinishing needed, just some polish and cleaning! The blueing is beautiful and overall this rifle was well cared for and used very little. The bore is sharp and bright too.
One problem I had was the bolt stop was frozen with a little rust and the bolt would not stay open. A few well placed taps with a screwdriver fixed that. Just a very few areas of rust pitting can be seen on the left edge of the dust cover. Overall the rifle is a beautifully well preserved time capsule from 1956 and I couldn't be more pleased. It will be a great addition to my collection. As soon as I can I
will be buying more of these from the fine folks at Classic.
The best deal in town
Review by Todd on 2/9/14
I got what I think is a ghost rifle, no markings at all plus its a very low 44xxx matching # rifle. THE PRIDE OF MY COLLECTION. Thanks again Classic Firearms
Got me hooked!
Review by sman on 2/8/14
Bought an Chinese SKS about a week ago shipping was fast and hassle free. (Even in the southern snowstorm!) Opened the box up to view my rifle for the first time and to my surprise it was a Russian Tula 1953! All parts have matching #'s from the dust cover all the way down to the gastube. It is SOAKED in cosmo but thats always expected with milsurps. The stock is in great condition only about 2 minor gouges in it that can be mended and taken care of with some time and effort. VERY lucky to have this SKS fall into my hands. No pitting on any metal parts or notable bad scratches. The bluing left is only about 50% but hell, Id take that compromise any day to receive an actual Tula in otherwise great condition. WIll be buying from these guys as soon as I can and adding to my collection.
Review by spiderjm on 2/5/14
SKS came packed in cosmoline. Only downside is I have to clean it. I can't wait till it is cleaned and checked out to take it to the range!!! Thank you Classic once again for another easy and great experience!!
Chinese type 56 s/n 46***
Review by Hugo on 2/3/14
As a retired aircraft inspector, I am very pleased to get this early Type 56 SKS with a low serial number 46***. it is really worth the extra $40.00 to hand pick the better SKS and also get the matching serial numbers. Every part of this SKS has the matching serial number, the bore, rails, bolt and hammer all have some wear, still all the parts are still in very good condition. This Chinese SKS completes my collection, I also have a Russian SKS dated 1951. Thank you very much Classic Firearms. Some day my collection will be passed to my son, who is a Police Officer here in California. I will be looking forward to doing future purchases from you and enjoy reading all your customers reviews.
Most Excellent!
Review by Thomas on 2/1/14
I seem to have received a Russian SKS 55/56 Tula, Yea, with a light star on the side of the receiver. I also a ghost gun, too. I'm still trying to figure that one out. I did the hand pick for both and that turned out well! I'm going to get the new Murray firing pin, spring, and carrier work done so I don't have any slamfires.
Good condition gun, look forward to getting it to the range.
Review by Chad on 1/31/14
Got the tail end of the last batch, had a cracked stock but classic contacted me ahead of time to verify that I still wanted it and gave a good discount because of the defect. Everything else was in very good shape, just cleaned all of the cosmoline out really well and she was ready to go.
Best price and service available
Review by Chuck on 1/30/14
Ordered sks on Monday and picked up from FFL on Friday. All matching numbers. Can't say enough about Classic. Very helpful and courteous. Kept me up to date on shipping. Will certainly purchase from them again!
classic comes thru again
Review by artie on 1/26/14
Chinese sks..nasty beat up stock..full of character and history . metal finish nice ..bore bright and sharp...function flawless...all milled early sino-soviet production..just what I hoped for.thank you again...love it
A tale of two SKS's
Review by xylophone on 1/26/14
Ordered two of these back in December. One was an all numbers matching Chicom in decent shape, bluing wasn't bad and it was complete, worked flawlessly for the few boxes I ran through it. The other one was missing the op rod and spring, easily fixed, but after removing the cosmoline I had trouble finding the /26\. After a few hours snooping on Google I found out it was really a 51-52 tula with a Chinese receiver cover. Very happy with that.
A bit of work, but definitely worth it!
Review by Nathan on 1/26/14
When I received my rifle, it looked as if it had been stored at the bottom of a lake; the thing was quite gross. However, after an afternoon filled with a few gallons of Simple Green, hot sun, and elbow grease, I got her looking a bit more presentable. The stock is still pretty beat up, and there's a bit of rust pitting throughout the metal; these things don't appear to affect function, and do give the rifle quite a bit of character.

Even though hadn't requested it, I received an all matching numbers Sino-Soviet out of Jianshe (Factory 26), which is awesome. The bore is bright and shiny, and despite outward appearances, she shoots like a dream. Very little recoil, the sights were pretty much on target, and no malfunctions. The first time out to the range I was smiling like an idiot because the rifle was so much fun.

Overall I'm very pleased with my transaction with Classic Firearms. Thanks guys!
Great SKS
Review by Drydock on 1/24/14
Ordered one of the $250 "cracked stock" specials. Recieved a Sino-Soviet with all matching numbers, including the stock! And I can't find a crack! I've had good luck with Classic, and it continues with this rifle!
Good condition very happy
Review by Michael on 1/24/14
Got the sks from CF the rifle is cover with heavy Cosmoline, but the stock is in very good condition, after clean up all the Cosmoline, it is a great shooter.
Great rifle
Review by clintdude on 1/24/14
I bought one of these last year. When I went to pick it up, I was going to reject it and send it back, it looked so bad, not just the cosmo but it just looked so beat up and ugly. I was going to send it back and spend a bit more and get one already refinished and looking good. then I thought why not make it a project? if your lucky you might get one that's in good shape and just needs some cleaning up and could have some cool markings on it. This is half the fun, finding out what all the marks mean. it's like a detective story. mine turned out to be one of those ghost rifles with no chinese markings on it, but a few soviet ones, so I got a russian receiver and barrel with an albanian stock. The stock was in horrible shape so I took the whole thing apart and spent a ton of time and work refinishing the stock and wood parts. stained it a nice rich red color and put it all back together and it looks like a dream. Like they said, now it is my favorite rifle and I have a chinese AK 47 and a Cetme 308 and a few mosin nagants. it shoots just great and is such a solid solid rifle. All the parts had matching numbers except the top cover which I heard was common with these but I was very satisfied. If I had the money, I"d enjoy buying 10 of these and refurbishing all of them just to enjoy the detective work of finding out where they came from.
Overall happy!
Review by Brent on 1/23/14
I bought two of these back in December 2013. Both were caked/covered in cosmoline as described. Nothing that the dishwasher couldn't fix. The first was a Sino-Soviet with all matching numbers. It came out fantastic. The barrel had no pitting or frost and shined like a mirror.

The second was all matching with the exception of the stock. It too was a Sino-Russian. The stock had a few hairline cracks and was completely trench arted up. That being said I can ignore the cracks. However, the metal was a bit more corroded than I would have liked. With the stock the way it is, I don't plan on shooting it much though. It too had a a shiny barrel with no pitting or frost.

Overall I was very satisfied with how they came out and would highly recommend this rifle to anyone looking for a shooter SKS!
Suprised .....
Review by Fro on 1/23/14
Ordered this Chinese SKS , but when I cleaned it up , it turned out to be a 1955 Russian SKS . Hot damn .... love it . All matching numbers , except for the receiver cover , that said 1950 and had a different serial no. I checked on the Internet , and found out that it was common to have mismatched covers , due to loss , cleaning ... ect. Good blueing , good shape . I stripped the stock , and rubbed in Boiled Linseed Oil which gave the gun a rich character look . Love this gun , .... I'll be ordering more guns from Classic Firearms . ..... Steve Fro
More than I Expected
Review by Jim on 1/22/14
I agreed to receive an SKS with a small split stock. I little Gorilla glue and repair looked like no split at all. There was some rust but a little Kroil, and lots of rubbing with fine steel wool, and cold blue finish; all is new again. The firing pin was rusted into the bolt but lots of soaking in Kroil. penetrating oil, and patience then buffing, the pin in as good as new. I stripped all the wood, stained with Min Wax Provincial stain, and three coat of semi-gloss poly urethane varnish. My SKS is ready for the firing range. Thanks Classic Firearms for being a great supplier of quality firearms.
A Historical and an Excellent designed Semi-Auto Carbine !
Review by Paul on 1/20/14
I accurately fired 50 rounds and the SKS performed 100 % with no jams, miss feeds or slam fires. The Gas system operation was flawless.

A sweet and fun to shot semi-auto Carbine.
great for the price
Review by bill on 1/19/14
Barrel shines like new stock as they said thats ok put 922r stock and gas tube looks great
sks purchase
Review by Mike on 1/18/14
Ordered sks and m44 early DEc. 2013 and didnt receive until end of month. After receiving the wait was worth it. Excellent quality and condition. The sks had alot more cosmoline but they cleaned up great with some ole faithful WD40. My first purchase with c&r license and the staff at Classic was really great to work with. I will be back again soon .
Shocked with joy
Review by Bwingle on 1/17/14
I placed my order dec 6 13 for 3 hand selects and was stunned to receive 3 beautiful Tula arsenal Russians!!!! Two were all numbers matching ! Shocked again the third was all matching except for bolt carrier and charging handle! I live in ca and rifle registration started jan 1 2014 so I was anxious to get these guns in time! Even though Classic was behind due to holidays I emailed as jan was getting near and explained my dilemma, my 3 rifles went out that day!!! Wow classic that is the kind of customer service I'm talking about!!! Way to look out for a calgunner!!! I will be making many future orders Lord willing!! Keep up the good work classic
Better than expected
Review by Wesley on 1/13/14
The one I got was a Factory 26 made in 1956. Stock is pretty dinged up but as expected. All matching with the exception for the gas piston. Rifle was CAKED in cosmoline and it took several hours to clean most of it.
What A Find!
Review by Lester on 1/11/14
I was a bit concerned after I placed my order for a Chinese Type 56 SKS because I saw the ad very late. I would have been happy with anything close to what was advertised but when I finally got my SKS, I knew it wasn't Chinese but also not sure of the origin.

I posted it on an SKS Board for the experts to identify and to my great surprise and luck, I got a 1954 Izhevsk with all matching numbers (including the stock) except for the receiver cover! The stock is all beat up like it was dragged through the jungles of 'Nam so it will have to be preserved. I've read the history of the SKS and the Izzies are noted as the scarcest of the Soviet SKS's. And, Rick was great to deal with so I'll be watching out for when CF has them back in stock. Thanks Classic.
great rifle
Review by henry on 1/10/14
this is my second purchase from Classic Firearm. the rifle is described as advertised. it covered in heavy cosmoline. after cleaned, it appears in very good condition. all matched number, no rusted. I also like the Classic Firearm service.
What a treat!
Review by Ryan on 1/10/14
This was my first SKS. When I opened the box I found out I had received a Russian Tula SKS produced in 1951 with all matching numbers. My girlfriend and I made a day of cleaning it and now it's finally ready to shoot. The stock is dinged up but it adds character. The bore is a little dark after much cleaning but the rifling is crisp and I have no doubt it will shoot great. Thank you Classic and thank you cosmoline.
Great Deal
Review by Tony on 1/8/14
Stock was in pretty bad shape but I was made aware of that and given a discount. Looks like it will glue up ok. Not a lot of bluing on the parts but they are all rust free and everything is functional (I haven't shot it yet). The bore was unbelievably clean (almost like new)
Exactly what I wanted!
Review by ac on 1/5/14
I feel like I got exactly what I wanted. My SKS was used enough to have "character", but not so much that it didn't clean up very nicely, and operates flawlessly. I'm thrilled with the rifle and with the customer service I got from the nice folks at Classic.
Very nice sks
Review by Mrfisher on 1/5/14
I just received my sks about two weeks ago and it was just as described covered in cosmoline Once I got it cleaned up I was surprised at how good it looked. I took it to the range yesterday and it shot like a dream 300 rounds and not a single problem. Thank you classic firearms you earned my business.
Great SKS
Review by Gungoboom on 1/4/14
This SKS is beautiful! It arrived in record time. Sure the stock is beat up , but what war relic is not? The metal appears to be in great shape. It is my first C&R rifle that is covered in cosmoline. I started to remove it but realize I will need to devote more time to this task. This may need to wait for a few months before the rifle is ready for the range. That's OK though because I know it will be a great shooter. I give it 4 stars until I get that chance to shoot her.
Terrific Purchase Experience
Review by ac on 1/4/14
I was able to pick up my SKS from Classic in person. The folks who work there are some of the nicest people you are ever going to deal with, and the description of the product was spot on honest. These are people you can trust.
1954 izhevsk
Review by Mosin hunter on 1/4/14
I had seen that some people had gotten some sino-soviets and was hoping to get one and when I received the gun I was amazed to see that I got an all matching 1954 izhevsk russian sks, there were only a couple downsides the first was that there were two descent cracks on both sides of the stock next to the receiver but I do enjoy a project so no big deal to fix, second was the rear sight leaf spring was missing but that's easy enough to replace, so overall a GREAT! Buy defiantly thinking about getting another if they come back into stock, thanks for the great gun classic! God bless America.
product as advertised
Review by duke on 1/2/14
received gun ,product as advertised, can't wait to shoot. Thanks Classic for another great gun.
Review by Joseph on 1/1/14
I bought two.
One cleaned up nicely and is a great shooter. The other was ugly and I ended up having to paint the stock. But It gave me consistent 3-1/2" groups at 100 yards with Brown Bear. I didn't realize till now these guns or this cartridge were capable of such accuracy. You live, you learn.
What a dream this gun is
Review by Vash on 1/1/14
Wow I can not say how much I love this rifle! It came caked in cosmoline but it was real easy to remove leaving g the stock in the sun all day and pouring and soaking boiling soapy water on it and the cosmoline just melted away. After cleaned I Put 160 rounds of tula through it with no jams. It shot perfectly and was smooth like warm butter. Could not find any rust and the blueing was 90% the stock it worn but in great shape and I plan to sand 8th and re stain it this weekend. Thank you so much classicfirearms!!!
Gun not in working condition
Review by Anthony on 12/31/13
The gun was received in basically the condition I thought it would. I paid extra for "hand select exterior". The stock is beat up, yes, but no major cracks or structural damage.
problem was that the gas piston, which was the ONLY non matching numbers piece, did not fit into the gas tube, as it was badly pitted and not at all smooth around the circumference of the rings at the end of the piston. Would not even remotely seat into the tube. So now I must buy another piston, so after hand select and buying a new piston this SKS will cost me closer to $350. Not the greatest deal.. but such is life. Classic Firearms are always friendly and the phone staff very professional. Too bad they didn't have another piston laying around to ship to me. Would still do business with them, as there was no way they could know the condition of the cosmoline caked piston/rifle.
Nice milsurp!
Review by reed on 12/28/13
I received this sks, after 3 hrs of cleaning cosmoline off I was surprised that most like %95 of bluing was left. overall great condition. polished the bolt and refinished the stock. stock was a little beat up. looks great now. thank you classic firearms. I will definitely be doing business with again. p.s. I payed the $20 extra for cosmetics.
Chinese SKS
Review by Skser on 12/26/13
I recently purchased a Chinese Sks from this website and I wasn't too happy about what I received. I understand that there are going to be scratches and what not from when the rifle was actually used during combat but when I noticed fresh marks on my stock I was a bit surprised. There were 2 nice sized marks on the stock and they were definitely recent. I like the rifle and everything about it except for this!! I probably won't buy from here again but who knows.
Would buy again
Review by JG on 12/26/13
1956 All matching Sino-Soviet, stock is really really rough but functional. Bore is bright and shiny. Caked in cosmoline so no rust :)
Great deal!
Review by Kevin on 12/25/13
All matching Sino Soviet to go with my two ghosts. Stock very rough, has some trench art, but sound and usable. Bluing and metal excellent. Bore sharp and shiny. Rifle cleaned up really well. Surprised such good rifles are still coming out of this lot. Very historic lot of rifles. Thanks to the gentleman who picked this one!
Review by Charles- on 12/25/13
I ordered a Chinese Type 56, but I received a Russian SKS-45g in very nice shap from the Tula factory. I put a 200 hundred rounds downrange and it functioned flawlessly.
Outstanding Buy
Review by Robert on 12/22/13
Ordering was a breeze-Classic is the way to go for on line purchases. Fast efficient service, timely e-mails etc. the pros take care of you pronto at this site. Gun arrived carefully packed
via UPS and met and even exceeded description. Can't thank you enough, keep up the good work. Can't wait to write another review on my next purchase ;)
Sweet Handpicked Excitement
Review by kicktubs on 12/21/13
My friend and I purchased 2 of these handpicked beauties and received them yesterday. We both claimed our gun while it was still boxed which made it a surprise when we opened them. The first was a 5 digit matching early 1956. The bluing was immaculate and the bolt was spotless. Almost looks unused! The second was a Sino-Soviet with all matching #s. It was clearly used with some trench art but overall is a fantastic purchase. The chrome barrels are just as shiny as my AR-15! We will be ordering more soon and I highly suggest you do too!!!!
Amazing sks
Review by Alan on 12/21/13
Classic firearms is amazing , shipped super fast and the customer service was fast and reliable . I first got it and it was in such good shape I didn't expect it to be that good of shape . I couldn't fine one rust spot . All the blueing is perfect still the stock had no dents or dings only acouple scratches . All matching serial numbers and it's even a SINO SOVIET!!!!! Couldn't be happier it was more then I expected . No matter what for now on if I need something classicfirearms.com is where I'm going !
Above and beyond the Call of Duty
Review by Joshua on 12/19/13
This workhorse is tough as well as cheap an excellent weapon if you want to add numbers to your arsenal. Things I have noticed it's more accurate than your average AK 47 and for a few more bucks you can make it 30 round detachable able to keep up with a $800 AK. The soldiers who carried these weapons in battle must have been at ease knowing they possessed such a excellent weapon.
Extremely Pleased with Classic Firearms and my new SKS.
Review by Sammy on 12/18/13
This was my first order from Classic Firearms. I must say I am impressed with my Norinco SKS. It came as advertised. Tons of cosmoline which will be fun to clean, but from what I can tell, all numbers matching. Stock is a little dinged, but I must say it appears in much better shape than I expected. I can't wait to get this bad boy cleaned, and in the Tapco Stock I ordered. Thank you Classic!
Very happy with this purchase!
Review by Birdman on 12/14/13
After cosmoline removal, rifle was found to be in very good condition. (Select grade,matching numbers). After checkout by a gunsmith, rifle printed 2.25" groups at 90 yards with Silver Bear ammo and 2.75" with Wolf Military Classic! However, hammer/sear has negative engagement and requires rework for safety ($65). Overall , so far I am very happy with this purchase.
Not Bad For The Price
Review by Donzi on 12/14/13
I recently bought an early Chinese T56 SKS carbine from Classic and just hoped for the best, based on my prior experience,a Chinese Type 53 Mosin Nagant carbine purchased from another online vendor. Imagine my surprise when I received a very early (Sino-Soviet?) piece with all matching S/Ns(I paid extra for that) and metal in very nice, altho used, condition but with ZERO corrosion, due, no doubt, tothe tons of grease/preservative applied. The wood, true to Chinese military tradition,is dented, gouged and generally sad, but I'm in the process of bringing it "back to life" and it's starting to look pretty good.. Overall, I'm well satisfied with this purchase, which was well packaged and shipped to me(C&R) in a pretty short time frame. Based on this experience I'd definitely order from Classic again.
overall Excellant
Review by john on 12/14/13
Gun was received in heavy cosmoline as expected. cleaned same found trench art. Found last owners name carved into fore end Last user was PATJIM. Have cleaned up and will shoot this weekend overall I was very surprised to condition very happy and will buy again.
Very Pleased
Review by The Oregonian on 12/12/13
I have purchased several Com-bloc surplus weapons over the years and have never found any that were soaked in as much cosmo as this SKS-which is a VERY good thing. It took a full day to remove the cosmoline ( I like to soak parts in diesel fuel to loosen up the cosmo a bit). This I did not mind doing, as it gave me a chance to become familiar with the inner workings of the rifle. I went on You Tube and found about a dozen vids on break down and cleaning a SKS. Tip: choose the shortest video. After cleaning I had a rifle with all matching parts except for the dust cover which was stamped with the Tula star and the year "1951". The bore on my rifle is absolutely perfect with mirror shine. I could prattle on and on about how pleased I am, but suffice to say both the gun and my first experience with Classic Arms both earned five stars. Get one of theses rifles, you will not be disappointed!
A Company that is service oriented.
Review by Rick on 12/8/13
My order was shipped immediately . The hand was unbelievable great. Classic sent me a Russian Tula SKS much better condition than I was expecting . That was luck but their service wasn't . Try Classic out.
Better than advertised
Review by Larry on 12/8/13
Ordered the Chinese SKS and got a 1950 Tula rifle, barrel and receiver in excellent condition. Yes it was smothered in cosmoline but it did it's job, no rust on any metal parts. Stock had some dings but not too bad. Looks like dark birch or something with a Tula "arrow within a star" marking on butt. Maybe it's all Russian due to date earlier than 1956, please advise! Cleaned up easy and shot great right off the bat, even used the 10 rd stripper clip to load the SKS. I and my son had a blast. I've had 3 purchases from Classic Firearms, 2 Mosins and this SKS. Have been pleasantly surprised each and every time.
bad stock
Review by hrcpapa on 12/7/13
the gun itself is good but stock is so bad had to replace
Happy camper.
Review by Kevin on 12/6/13
I ordered two guns about a month apart. Both rifles are "ghosts", no factory markings and all number serial numbers that are in the 4xxxx range. First gun was all matching, including stock. Second gun was purchased after the all matching select option was gone, but still all matching, including stock, except for a 1955 Tula receiver cover. Both guns have well worn bluing and stocks with character. Used hand select for finish, and kind of scary to think what I might have gotten otherwise, as the stocks are pretty rough. The first one had pretty extensive trench art and the second had a painted rack number. Bores are very good to excellent and all parts are in very good to excellent mechanical condition, with no rust or pitting. The quality of these guns is equal to my Russian SKS, though they are nowhere near as pretty, but on the other had, I have no doubt that these have seen some action. These will be good shooters and have significant historical value. Pretty much as described.
shiniest bore ever!
Review by ajklmnop on 12/5/13
I haven't fired it yet, but alkl the cosmoline is of the metal. I'll work on getting the cosmoline out of the furniture over the winter. The bore is gorgeous. Classic Firearms is also fantastic.
Awesome service and rifle!
Review by PistolPete1234 on 12/4/13
Awesome service from person on the phone when I ordered and the shipping was fast too. I paid the extra 20 for matching number, and another 20 for guaranteed matching numbers. It was definitely worth the extra money and came in great co diction for a battle hardened rifle of its age. Definitely look forward to doing business with these folks again!
Very Pleased Get One!
Review by Steak and Eggs on 12/4/13
Got my rifle today and it was better than I had hoped for! 1957 from Factory 26. Bluing is at least 85-90% and may be 90%+ will know when it is fully cleaned. Was caked in cosmoline but thats why it is so nice. Did the hand select and numbers match and recommend both. All numbers did match inside and out. Wood is in really good shape. Even came with the cleaning rod. Was my first internet purchase and was very smooth, Classic kept me very informed. I am very pleased and glad I ordered it. Thanks Classic
Much More Than Expected
Review by Deadly in OKC on 12/2/13
A 1965 SKS from the Jianshe factory (26). The stock looked like it had been dragged through the jungles of Southeast Asia. However, the barrel was chrome-lined and in excellent condition. Bluing was excellent - - a slight scratch on the gas tube was easily repaired with Eastwood's Metal Blackening Solution applied with a Q-tip and sealed with Eastwood's Diamond Clear Satin Finish for Bare Metal. It matched perfectly. Since the stock was trashed, I put the cleaned and pristine SKS rifle in a TAPCO Timber Smith brown laminated Monte Carlo Stock. Cutting a slot in the bottom forearm kept the bayonet in place and safe for operation. The rifle was topped-off with a TAPCO M-16-Type Cage Muzzle Brake. Pay the extra $ for cosmetics and extra $ for barrel condition; it is definitely worth it. I now have a beautiful "new" rifle. I'll try to send pictures and a range report after firing next week. Thanks again Classic Firearms!
A very happy customer
Review by Bill on 12/1/13
This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. The SKS I received was in much better condition than I expected and was delivered on time with no hassle at all. My interaction with Classic Arms staff was pleasant and helpful. This is the way online purchasing should be but often is not. Now two of my friends will be doing business with C.A. in the very near future.
follow up from 11-24 review
Review by al on 11/30/13
was able to put 40 rounds thru classic sks.not one ftf or fte.amazing what these old military weapons will do.pretty acuarate as did not have time to adjust sights.love the sound.gun was just as classic described.a good company to do business with.
excellent quality
Review by paul on 11/29/13
ordered a sks from classic, paid extra for matching numbers and best condition very pleased as usual after cleaning off 8 tons of cosmoline found it to look like new except for the stock but that gives it some character. cant wait to try this gun out thank you very much for another great gun at a very good price.
Great company and firearm
Review by ALF on 11/29/13
This was my first purchase from Classic Arms and I am very happy with the SKS and the prompt and courteous service. The rifle was in great shape and after cleaning took it out and was knocking dust off gnats at 100 yds. Will buy again!!
Classic WOWED me
Review by John on 11/27/13
Thank you Classic! The SKS i received is in superb condition, 90%+ Bluing, wood is almost immaculate, I am completely satisfied. The description of the product certainly explains the worst case scenario, as the rifle I received would have been a good value at $499.99, and I only paid $319.99 with the hand select upgrade! I would recommend this rifle to anyone in the market for an SKS, and I would recommend Classic Firearms to anyone int he market for a quality Firearm! GOOD JOB! My wife is pretty angry however, because I'm going to buy another one!
chinese sks
Review by al on 11/24/13
have been wanting an sks to go with 91/30. sale price was the kicker to order one.ordering was easy and shipped right to door with c&r.spent a week cleaning.all numbers are matching and liked the trench art.only reason for 4 stars is have been to busy to shoot.hope to take care of that this week end.always pleased with classic.
excellent service
Review by William on 11/24/13
My first purchase thru this company, great service and sks was better than expected and will definitely order from this company again.
So So
Review by PB on 11/23/13
I was definitely not expecting anywhere near a perfect rifle, but this one was a little worse than expected. Not hardly any bluing left and despite a TON of cosmoline there was still some significant pitting and some rust. The stock is cracked, has many dents, dings, carvings, missing chucks and, strangely, nails driven in to it in many places. This is the third firearm that I have purchased from Classic and to be honest the worst. On my previous 2 purchases I wound up being pleasantly surprised at how much better the firearms were than how I thought they would be, on this one it was the opposite. I haven't shot it yet, but the barrel looks fine. It is just going to take a lot of work to get this thing looking decent.
Excellent rifle. Received quickly and it shoots well.
Review by VCR on 11/23/13
Summary says it all. Very satisfied.
Great Rifle but not necessarily what I ordered
Review by Texianlibertarian on 11/23/13
I ended up with a really great old SKS that I'm not entirely convinced is purely Chinese, there's not a single Chinese charector anywhere on the rifle and its covered in Cyrillic characters. Over all a really neat old rifle but there are some problems in not pleased with.
For one it has a small crack in the wood along the receiver. Which was a disappointment. Also I payed extra for the all all matching option but the dust cover was mismatched. The rest of the rifle matched. Overall I'm very pleased but the crack and the mismatched dust cover were a let down. I believe these rifles are a tremendous value despite the occasional flaw. Five star rifles over all but for mine I'd give four stars.
SinoSoviet SKS
Review by archerbb on 11/22/13
I had planned on putting up a video review, but whitetail season intervened and a written review will have to do. I am completely satisfied with my first experience with Classic Firearms. I asked for matching number and hand select options and less than a week after my order, I received my SKS. It was meticulously wrapped in bubble wrap and soaked in cosmoline. After a brief wipedown, I was able to verify all matching numbers including the stock - H xxxx /26\. Though I have yet to complete the cleaning process, there is no rust, no apparent missing parts except the cleaning kit in the stock. I would rate the bluing at over 85%. The stock was my major concern and to my surprise, it shows minimal storage scrapes and lacks any obvious trench artwork. I would encourage anyone having interest in these historic firearms to order theirs soon. I would have been pleased to receive an SKS in half so good a condition, I believe you'll be similarly impressed.
Awesome rifle, awesome price
Review by Dan on 11/21/13
I couldn't be happier with this rifle. I love taking apart old firearms and doing light restoration, and this was perfect. The firearm came packed in HEAVY cosmoline, more than I had ever seen on a rifle before. Be advised, this gun took several hours to restore to working condition.

I selected the matching number and hand select options, and that was great. All parts are numbered, and the metal was in very good condition. The stock was in terrible condition, full of scars, cuts, nicks, and paint, but that's ok. I feel this adds authenticity to the firearm.

I'm not sure what exactly they check for when hand selecting, but my rifle contained no factory markings whatsoever and an unusual serial number. After doing some research, I found that this was a sino-soviet sks built in 1956, and one of the first million made in China!

Lucky me.
Russian SKS!
Review by VH on 11/19/13
I couldn't be any happier. Awesome customer service and SUPER fast shipping. This was my first gun from Classics, I was skeptical (as I am with any online purchase).
When the gun came in, it was caked in cosmoline. This is a good sign, because cosmoline is what preserve the gun. After spending countless hours cleaning the rifle, I then realized I got a RUSSIAN SKS! I did chose hand pick and matching serial number. I got a amazing gun, the stock was great, couple scratches thats it. No rust, all matching serial number, everything is GREAT! Very happy I was lucky enough to get this Russian SKS.
wrong serial number
Review by David on 11/18/13
As described although the serial number on the invoice does not match the rifle.
Great Deal-Nice Rifle
Review by edward on 11/17/13
First SKS from Classic, about the 4th gun purchased here tho.

As always, customer services and quickness of shipping is 5 star stellar.

This gun was packaged correctly, came without sling or accessories other than cleaning rod.

After thourogh cleaning and oiling I was able to quickly dispatch some menacing bowling balls!!

Great gun, numbers matching (paid for matching and hand select) furniture was in good shape, clean bore, strong rifling, great shooter.

First Chinese SKS, won't be my last.

Won't be my last purchase from Classic either.

Thanks Classic!!
Great gun, great price!!
Review by dwight on 11/16/13
I had been holding off on purchasing one of these SKS rifles for a while now. But now after receiving one, I'm wondering if I should purchase another!

The finish of the metal and the stock are worn, but the gun is solid and exactly what I was hoping for!
On top of that, I've received one of four digit sino-soviet models, which I am very happy about as well.
Can't beat the price or the great customer service!
Golden Rule all the way. Classic is great company to purchase from
Review by Moses on 11/15/13
What more can really be said about the last batch of true Sino-Soviet sks that Classic is selling that hasn't been already been said? Well, let me tell you I have purchased and cleaned up a LOT of surplus sks rifles in my time and the current ones that Classic is selling are from a very very nice batch at an awesome price! Great job whoever did the purchasing! No rust or pitting on any of the internal metal parts that I have discovered very much to my pleasant surprise. These have been very well taken care of. Don't let the rough stocks on some of these of these SKS fool you. Many stocks I found were even stamped Russian number matching! The stocks on some may be rough but the real goods/metal parts are 100%. A little application of cold bluing Black Magic and these look like new Russians selling for $600 if you can find still find them. Did I mention the fact that these are true early production Russian and Chinese built SKS's - before factory /26\ was putting their stamp on the receivers! I even found some that were likely 100% Russian imports into China (had two alpha characters followed by 4 numeric ). Thanks again Classic. You rock. -Moses
Review by Daniel on 11/13/13
Classic is AWESOME! This was my first order with them..I submitted my C&R on Monday and ordered my SKS at the same time, and the gun arrived around noon today...it's only Wednesday! The gun is exactly want I was hoping for! Thank goodness these are covered in cosmo because it has preserved these amazing pieces of history! I'm wiping my down and the fit and finish is simply fantastic! I paid for the hand select and got a matching numbers example (except for the stock) and it just looks great! Don't get me wrong, the stock has dings all over, but thats what makes it cool! The metal is great, and I just cant wait to get my shadow box built so I can display this with my other C & R rifles..Thanks Classic! I'll be ordering more as soon as I am able! Danny
Great where it counts!
Review by C. Mullins on 11/13/13
It was exactly as i expected don't get me wrong the stock was beat up, but the meat and potatoes were in excellent condition internally. After i stripped and cleaned it up, it chunks rounds down range like it did in 1950.
Another Great Gun from Classic
Review by David on 11/12/13
By the time UPS showed up today I was ready to start getting the cosmoline removed, By the time i finished 3 hours later, i found I have a Tula SKS with all matching numbers. I'm looking forward to hitting the range tomorrow and give it a workout. This i my sixth SKS and they are like potato chips, you just can't have one
Exactly as Described
Review by Terry on 11/11/13
Ordered my SKS last weekend after seeing the price drop. My local dealer received it in 3 days and I picked it up the next day. As expected, it was covered in a generous layer of cosmoline, so I broke it down and began the cleaning process. I received as early Sino-Soviet model, threaded barrel, s/n F6332, all numbers matching except for the trigger group. The stock is pretty beat up, but the blueing is excellent, there is no corrosion anywhere, and the chrome barrel looks perfect. I cleaned the stock with degreaser, stripped it with Stripeze, and scrubbed it with hot soapy water and steel wool. After drying overnight, I rubbed it down with lacquer thinner and then applied a few coats of Watco Danish Oil. It looks great, and my wife says it has "character". The best thing about this purchase is that there were no surprises, it was exactly as described by Brutus. I can't wait to shoot it. Thanks to Classic Arms. I will be a repeat customer.
Review by Michael on 11/10/13
What a great buy! Usually I would complain that I bought the SKS and two days later it went on sale but won't because I'm so happy with my purchase. I added the hand select (which I NEVER do) and can say its worth the $20. The rifle is in great shape and even came with a cleaning rod. The wood is surprisingly good shape and the only (not really) complaint is the bluing is worn, which I think adds to this rifle. Definitely buy and as always, Classic was fantastic to purchase from. One of my favorite online retailers, providing a hassle free transaction. Thanks again for a great new toy!
Great SKS
Review by Richard on 11/8/13
Purchased the SKS with the all matching #'s option. Received a Sino-Soviet 4 digit SN gun in great shape. All numbers were in fact matching with no serious wear on any of the metal. Stock was a little beat up, many spots show from what may have been being thrown around in the vats of cosmoline, of which it was truly packed in. Bore was great. Really happy with the purchase and the great service from Classic.
Wish I could rate it 10 stars
Review by Louis on 11/4/13
I already did my review in early September but I just had to come back again and say how satisfied I am with this weapon. I am so glad I bought it!

Finally got out to the range with it a few times and this gun is pin-point accurate at 100 yards! I was getting as good of groupings as the guys next to me at the range---and they were using scoped bolt action rifles! Now I need to find a longer range so I can see how accurate she is at 200 yards....or more!

Looking forward to doing a lot more business with Classic!
very accurate description, and a great rifle
Review by Joel on 10/31/13
I bought this rifle because it seemed like a good value. I took my chances without requesting a hand select or matching serial. I got a sino communist, all matching low serial in great condition. although it has seen some use the bluing is still 80% and the stock had minor dings and dents.
very pleased, classic firearms is honest and I will be buying from them in the future.
condition "as shipped"
Review by rotten on 10/29/13
Gun arrived promptly to FFL in Kali. Quick check for any cracks in stock, stock ok..No C&R so gun gets 10 day "jail" sentence. Pickup gun today, all numbers match except stock, blueing looks good, cleaning rod and serial H 33## with /26\ stamp indicates early chinese "sino-soviet". Some graffiti on stock. I did do the hand pick for exterior condition. Very happy, thanks Classic!!!
Great purchase :-)
Review by Paris on 10/26/13
Fast shipping great purchase :-) My weapon had been used very little :-) Looks like it had been carried more than shot :-) The action shows very little wear. All numbers matched and there was some wear on the bluing on one side from shouldering it on guard duty or parade use :-) The butt plate had a little rust so I cleaned it with some vinegar and applied some cold blue to stop the rust . The upper receiver had a place where it looked like some tape had been applied for some reason so I cleaned it as well and cold blued it. The cold blue will wear off soon enough so it won't look out of place in the future :-) There was one thing I was concerned about ! The safety catch spring was missing. I have the part but have decided not to replace it because the company that I ordered the part from said that some rifles were shipped without it :-) When I shoot it I will be aware of this and only shoot until the mag. is empty and the bolt stays open. I also ordered 1000 rounds of Wolf ammo. It looks great but have not used any too date. The stock was well worn with some of the original finish still on it. After I cleaned the cosmo off I applied some tung oil and just rubbed it down. There were a few deep gouges where I used fine sand paper to remove the splinters. Not very much :-) I would post a photo if I could. I like to leave my old military weapons as original as possible :-)

Paris Miller
Fantastic sino soviet sks
Review by Erock75 on 10/25/13
Ordered all numbers matching and hand select and that is exactly what i received! Every number matches including the bolt itself. The bluing is about 70%. Slight surface rust on a few areas but nothing major. It has trench art on both sides of the stock which is awesome! This rifle has definitely seen some action in its life. And as an added bonus it is a sino soviet also! The bore looks very bright with good rifling. Thank you classic firearms!
I want another one
Review by cambo on 10/23/13
Just got my second one. Its in much better shape than my first. The first one had good metal but the stock was trashed. The one I just got has a reasonably good stock. I'm happy with both. I will buy another when I get paid. First one is a sino Soviet, the second is not.
Superb gun. Definitely will recommend this to friends.
Review by Aaron on 10/18/13
Cleaning the cosmoline was a bit of a pain, but when I took the gun to the range, it proved itself a solid shooter. I will hang on to this gun for the rest of my life.

If you are into milsurps, this one is an absolute must-have.
A great value from a great company
Review by chris on 10/17/13
Have purchased 6 of these rifles (so far).
Most early 1956 built, very little deterioration and a unique personality in each one.
The folks at Classic Firearms are among the best I've ever bought from. I had one faulty part issue - Handled promptly with the highest level of courtesy and responsiveness.
Will very likely buy another or two if they're available for a while.
Love it. Hope to buy more
Review by Bern on 10/16/13
I figured the hand select would still be pretty beat up, so I paid extra for all matching numbers. Spent two fun days cleaning cosmoline and ended up with a well used, all matching example with an excellent bore. I appreciate the history of beat up stocks, so I couldn't be happier. The stock is not that bad. My Chinese Mosin is WAY worse. Love it.
The shipping was REALLY fast. Thanks Classic.
Way better than what I was expecting
Review by Vic on 10/11/13
Mine was hand selected. It turned out to be much better than what I was expecting. It had a little surface rust under the barrel and some under the Receiver. Bluing is about 80%. The bore is basically flawless. Nice and bright with crisp grooves. #'s matching. I haven't had a bad purchase from Classic. These guys are awesome!
Chinese SKS
Review by Mark on 10/2/13
Received product real fast. Overall very pleased with rifle, expected rough and little blue to be left. All matching numbers except for bolt cover.
Cleaned it up and took to the range and this SKS was almost spot on, very nice shooter. Although I already had a Yugo version I wanted a Norinco. Since I mainly collect Military arms of significance this was a must have. Thank you Classic Firearms!
Great product & service
Review by Victor on 10/1/13
Well, this is my first buy from Classic Firearms, and can't be more pleased with their customer service and product.
Ther rifle arrived with cosmoline everywhere, but well preserved. The bluing is worn out with a kind of patina finish which makes it
very interesting. Took 2 day to clean, but I'm a happy camper. The stock is pretty good shape to be a Chinese SKS. All numbers matching including stock.
When I fired this thing it went off like a kitty cat. yehaaaa!
The customer service was outstanding. Follow up of your order is outstanding too. Will like to get another one of this and it won't be my last buy from Classic Firearms.
good buy
Review by cameron on 9/28/13
Good for the money. Very heavy cosmo, but not a big deal because it has done a good job protecting it (and I think it smells good). I got best hand select and matching serial numbers. My steel, bore, and barrel are in great shape, except for some staining on the bolt carrier. Some bluing wear but not a lot, and small pockets of rust but some oil and fine steel wool made it disappear. The reason for 4 stars and not five is that my stock is very beat up, I expected better due to the hand select but I find it to be of acceptable quality ( lesser beauty than pictured above ) . After three hours of cleaning ( using a Ultrasonic Cleaner and Industrial Parts cleaner with a solvent flow brush), I took it out and blew about 300 rds. I must say it shoots very well. I only had a chance to shoot at 50 yards but was able to hit a 9" x 9" steel plate as fast as I could pull the trigger. Keep in mine its an old rifle and has been carried a lot but perhaps not fired a lot. My stock shows it. I have no plans of refinishing. Over all I am very happy with my rifle. Everyone needs an ugly rifle in the safe. I will purchase more in the future. Thanks Classic Arms!
Sino-Soviets and even a Tula!
Review by Matthew on 9/22/13
I ordered 3 SKS's all of them with the handpicked option but not the numbers matching. I ended up getting 2 Sino-Soviets with matching numbers (except for the stocks) and 1 1951 Tula Russian model. I was super excited to see that little gem mixed in with the Chinese rifles. The blue on all 3 was 80-90% gone and the stocks are in fair condition with minor dents and dings. Bores are bright and shiny. Covered in cosmoline but an old toothbrush and MINERAL SPIRITS made quick work (relatively). Spent maybe 3-4 hours per rifle getting them totally cleaned, cold blued, lubed and ready to fire. Very happy with my purchase!
Excellent Rifles
Review by Chris on 9/21/13
I called Classic Arms and spoke to there friendly staff and ordered two rifles. They arrived quickly and were in excellent condition. They are soaked in cosmo times 100 but that just preserved there great condition. Be ready to spend several hours cleaning but it is well worth it. I am so pleased I am going to order 2 more. Nice to get a SKS that bubba has not messed with. I have purchased over 50 rifles and pistols from Classic Arms and they all have been in great/excellent condition. Great place to do business.
Very :-)
Review by Paris on 9/20/13
This weapon is just what they said it is :-) 56-26. My rifle was well used in the carrying department but not fired much at all :-) The stock was dented and the finish was well worn but the action was perfect :-) All stamps and numbers were correct. After I cleaned the cosmo. off with K1. I touched it up a little on the butt and the mag. with some cold blue and applied some tung oil to the stock :-) The safety spring catch was missing but I decided to leave it this way because I didn't know if that was some import reg. in the past ? Idid order the part and have it. Wen I shoot this weapon I will only load and shoot till empty (open bolt) for safety reasons :-) Very happy with my purchse in every way
Review by DAVID on 9/20/13
Excellent Condition
Review by Steven on 9/15/13
My SKS is in excellent condition considering the age. I ordered a hand select and it paid off. The stock has a few dings and some of the metal is worn, but nothing I didn't expect. My rifle was completely covered in cosmoline, the bore and gas tube were packed. Not complaining, the cosmoline did the job it was supposed to. This is my second purchase from Classic and I am still a satisfied customer!
Review by Joshua on 9/14/13
Received rifle and it was covered in cosmoline and to me that was a great thing. Received all matching sinosoviet sks with a mirror barrel which was is awesome. The stock is pretty banged up but of course I love it for its character and it cleaned up very well surprisingly. Once again I could not be happier with the purchase, you will not regret one of these fine rifles or working with this great company.
Diamond in the rough
Review by JohnB on 9/9/13
A very solid gun. The wooden stock was a bit dinged up, but it adds to the character of the rifle.

Once I got all the cosmoline off and out of this SKS I noticed all the serial numbered parts match, a huge plus in my book.

The bore is bright and the rifling is superb! Looks almost new when I check out the barrel.

I also found a cleaning patch hidden under the butt plate on the stock. It was cool to find something that was used by someone that carried it.

I am so pleased with this SKS that I may have to buy another one...or two.
Should've gotten a hand selected stock
Review by GW on 9/8/13
Buying the rifle was easy. Th shipping was super fast. The stock was cracked (even though the ad says no cracked stocks seen), but still functional. Still very pleased with my SKS!
Great Value
Review by MattG on 9/7/13
I am very happy with this purchase. The large amount of cosmoline is a good thing, as it preserved the gun very well. Like many others, I also got an early Sino-Soviet model. The bluing was around 80-90%, but its worn on the spots you would expect and adds quite a bit of character. I also got some cool stock carvings (in Albanian I think) on mine, which I was hoping for. The stock was nicked up, but the original shellac was still holding up and there were no cracks. This is a real bargain and I'd advise anyone interested to get one before they run out. Shipping was also very fast (2 days).
Great rifle! Even better service!
Review by CHRISTOPHER on 9/5/13
Placed my order expecting a rifle that looked like it was "drug behind a car" as one person said. But what I received was a awesome aost all numbers matching early sino soviet. Stock wasn't perfect has dings, but metal finish is 95% looks great and shoots great!
The people over at classic are nice, helpful and fast. What more could a man ask for? I just wish I could order a few more.
Good deal for a 60+ year surplus rifle
Review by Southern Boy on 9/4/13
I received my SKS in good to very good working condition. The stock is marked and scratched up and much of the bluing is gone. However, I see it as every dent or scratch brings more history and character to the gun. I have cleaned it and shot it many times. It is a reliable gun and the lowest priced SKS on the market today! I'm thinking about buying one more.
great purchase well worth it
Review by mike on 9/2/13
I kind of knew what to expect, when I ordered one of these. Because, of all of the reviews. So I took a chance and ordered one when it arrived. I was pleasantly surprised, it was a all matching sino- soviet sks. The stock was a bit rough, but I expected that. Blueing was a little worn but mechanically it was very good, with a very bright and shiny bore. This thing was caked in cosmolene. I soaked all the metal parts in mineral spirts for a couple hours, then, washed them off, and lightly oiled, and let the stock sit outside in the hot sun, to draw the oils out of the stock. Now, with the gun thourghly clean, off to the range I went. The gun functioned perfectly,and was very accurate. All in all, I was very happy, and i hope to buy another one soon. If they don't sell out. Thank you very much classic firearms.
Worth every penny
Review by Mark S. on 8/30/13
This was my first purchase from Classic, and didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. It did come caked in cosmoline, but didn't take too long to get it cleaned up. I did pay extra for matching numbers and extra for exterior condition. I did get all matching numbers, and it is in excellent condition except for the blueing and the stock. I think its probably at around 60% with a few rust spots. Definitely to be expected with a rifle of this age. I haven't shot it yet, so I cant say how well it shoots, but it is certainly a nice little gun! May buy another next payday if there are any left.
A Great Deal !!!
Review by Lone Wolf on 8/30/13
I received my Chinese SKS yesterday, and i couldn't be happier. It was in far better shape than I expected and will take very little work (mainly cleaning) to get it where I want it.

This is a great deal---thanks, Classic Arms !!!
exactly as described
Review by Kenneth on 8/29/13
The gun was as described, full of cosmoline everywhere. Stock very scarred. I purchased a Tapco stock and removed the bayonet, sent the bolt & carrier to Murray guns to get firing pin replaced with SS one with return spring. Anxious to shoot it.
Love it
Review by Alan on 8/28/13
Love the rifle. The description is very accurate. It was covered in cosmoline, as expected. The chrome lined bore is nice and shiny. Shoots great, I was very happy with the accuracy.

As far as the order, CF couldn't have been any more professional and awesome from top to bottom. Would definitely buy here again.
nice gun
Review by David on 8/27/13
Nice gun, very solid carvings on stock, nice shape.....bought Tapco stock and 30 rnd mags. now it's a really nice gun!
Review by Tadpole on 8/26/13
Couldn't be happier with the purchase of my first sks. Once I removed the cosmoline great looking rifle. Great customer service . Very fast shipping. Will definitely buy from Classic again. All matching numbers. Love the Christian based company and the Bible Verse. Have referred numerous friends to your website. Keep up the great work and products.
WOW -- What a gem
Review by Walter on 8/24/13
Two should have been enough, but it wasn't ... these really ARE like potato chips. Only of course they don't make type 56 milled receiver SKS anymore. This one came as ordered with matching #s and about 80% finish, with a well-used stock like most others in this lot. Finish is dark shellac AND it has trench art. Letters 'LA,' numeral '3' (dots done with what looks like the point of a round) and a Christian cross scratched on the stock.

VERY NICE gun. Cleaned up okay, no sign that it won't shoot just fine but I think I'll keep it as received.

Even when our Gun-Salesman-In-Chief leaves office I don't see prices for historical interest guns going back to where they were 5-10 years ago. More likely they'll keep going up.

Get an extra now and if you need another rifle to do about anything this side of 300 yards, you'll have it. If you don't really need it you'll probably be able to pay for both by selling one in a few years.

Even at 65+ years the SKS isn't really obsolete. A recent Time photo essay shows Syrian snipers using new-looking scoped SKS's -- though Time called them Dragunovs. Scope looks like a hunting scope on a PU-type mount.

War correspondents used to know stuff like SKS v. Dragunov.

I have a scope on my first Classic SKS now; at 100 yards the first group was 5" wide by 7" high but half or more is an unclear target, poor trigger (very long travel, gritty), my poor control of recoil, and perhaps some from milsurp ammo. I'm thinking 3" or so when my homework's done.
Review by Walter on 8/22/13
Couldn't control myself: Ordered another, again hand select matching numbers, best of 10 metal. This time the receiver cover was non-matching S/N; Classic instantly refunded the matching fee for this and the previous rifle. Their customer service is unbeatable.

This is a nice example. Stock has Tula logo and 1954 manufacture; there's an X'ed out S/N with a new serial stamped below that matches everything but the receiver cover. Looks like a 1954 Tula rifle came back to the arsenal, its metal went ??? but the stock was remated with a set of metal parts for assembly in China.

This one has been fired some -- maybe a few hundred rounds? No metal wear to speak of, 75% finish or so -- it was more often carried for drill purposes.

Both this and my first Classic SKS shoot as well as my eyes can see, 50 years on from when I shot expert -- I plan a scope to deal with that. I had one failure to feed on the last cartridge in the magazine -- it wound up bullet end up between the bolt and chamber. Need to check follower alignment.

This is an impressive design. More intricate than our M1 and because of the chrome bore and shorter barrel, not likely to be quite as accurate. But I can believe that some SKS' shoot 1 or 1-1/2" groups at 100 yards with good ammo. Unlike the AK and some later versions, the better of these SKS' probably could hold their own (within 7.62x39 ranges) with an average M1.

As an infantry weapon for 1940-50 I think the SKS beats the M1. It's shorter and lighter, you can carry twice the ammo, it has a larger magazine, and the action is better protected against dirt and weather. The effective range is less but from WW II on, infantry combat rarely occurred beyond 300 yards. The M1 is slightly faster to reload, simpler to field strip, has a safer safety, and is perhaps cheaper to make but these points seem less important. And advantage Ruskies for developing infantry cartridges with steel (non strategic material) cases.

Two bits of advice:

1. As others have said, CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN. Every inside space is full of the stuff and at best you'll get malfunctions if you don't get every bit of it out.

2. If you want to add a scope, spend a few hours studying your options. There are good answers but there is no one great choice that will suit everyone. Some things that look okay don't work well at all.

If I could have only one rifle to do all the things I might need or want to do in the next ten years, one of these SKS' would be it.
Great bargain on a really collectible firearm
Review by JoelM on 8/21/13
I have quite a collection of SKSs and I had purchased several from the recent batch imported by another company. Quality on those guns was mixed but you got what you paid for. When I saw that Classic was offering all matching examples of similar early Type-56s I decided it was worth the $20 premium to order one and roll the dice; I wasn't disappointed.

What I got was an all matching Sino-Soviet in as-used condition, not perfect, but the wear and tear is from honest use... not abuse. I can't think of anything to complain about with my purchase and I highly recommend picking one up if you need to fill a gap in your collection, or just want a nice all matching early SKS to shoot.
better than expected
Review by james on 8/21/13
this is the third rifle i have purchased from classic and have been very satisfied with all. i also got the K91/30 and M24/47 and will not think twice about making future purchases. the SKS i got was as good as the russian SKS i got 25 years ago
My First SKS
Review by Michael on 8/20/13
I was a bit nervous as I've heard some mixed things coming from this lot of rifles, but several people have gotten nice ones. I payed for matching numbers and got what I asked for. The stock is the roughest part of the rifle, which I think is to be expected. The finish on the exposed parts is worn, but overall I'm very happy with the shape of the gun -- everything seems to function perfectly and the bore was shiny clean. I'm really looking forward to getting this out to the range!
Good Rifle
Review by cnsjea on 8/18/13
The construction of this SKS is excellent. Well used rifle with approximately 70% bluing left on the metal areas. Stock was marked with the initials Sh and rough but the serial number 66524 found. No Chinese marking found yet, (can't figure out what year produced due to only serial numbers found on rifle). All serial numbers matched (ordered this way). Good bore noted.
Over all good value found in this rifle. Classic Arms displayed prompted delivery. Will do business with again.
Nice rifle!
Review by Bob on 8/16/13
My rifles was all number matching with a lot of good honest wear. Mine has just a straight number S/N with no signs of Russian made parts. How China manufactured these rifles is some what of a mystery. Some of the receivers of these rifles have Cyrillic markings and Russian arsenal markings, some don't. I will say the machine work in mine is some of the nicest I have seen on a SKS. There is little to no machine marks any where. Now on to the condition of the rifle. Some of the blue is missing around the edges and there is very minor pitting at the stock line. The bore is bright and looks to be in very good shape. The crown of my rifle is flawless. My stock has lots of dents and dings, but no major damage. My rifle was carried quite a bit in it's life time. It arrived packed well and covered in some very nasty cosmoline. Plan on spending some time to remove it as with any surplus rifle you buy. If you are wanting a early example of a Chinese SKS, you had better buy Quick! Who knows when or if they will ever find another stash of these that can be imported!
happy overall
Review by chuk on 8/16/13
My review echoes most I have read. Got mine when the only upgrade option was "Hand Select", which I opted for. Specimen #1 is all-matching factory 26, not much metal finish left. Shoots fine with wolf military classic hp. Specimen #2 appears to have been dunked in a bluing tank at some point in time, and is matching minus the bolt and stock. The stock on #2 is cracked in two bad ways, the worst crack has made the stock pretty much unusable. Hunting for a jungle stock now, which as you may know have become rare/expensive...after restocking and checking headspace hope it shoots well also.
Review by Jeff on 8/16/13
I had just purchased 2 sks from here at first they were packed with cosmoline, which is a good thing. But after cleaning the barrel and refinishing the stock they were both in excellent condition. The bore was mirroring and had in my opinion excellent rifling. I'm satisfy and happy, happy, happy =]
Nice rifle, buuuuuut...
Review by Richard on 8/15/13
Pros - Easy ordering, fast shipping, great customer service. Rifle is in ok shape, the stock is in really rough shape. I think this rifle saw hand-to-hand combat...a lot.
Cons - I've purchased many C&R eligible firearms and have learned to deal with cosmoline removal. However, having said that, I was not prepared for the amount of cosmoline on, in, around and through this SKS rifle. There was so much cosmoline in the moving parts of this rifle that most of the moving parts would not move. I couldn't even get the bolt to move. The trigger assembly was totally caked and had to be disassembled to get it to work. 3 days of soaking in mineral spirits followed by a soak in hot water and simple greem hardly touched it. Had to remove most cosmoline by hand scrubbing. Love the finished product, but be prepared for a lot of work. Also, due to rough shape of the stock, this rifle is already destined for a Tapco Intrafuse stock kit.
Used and abused but awesome.
Review by Constitution? on 8/15/13
Okay, a buddy of mine got one of these this week and since I did him the favor of cleaning it up for him, I am going to write a review of the overall looks and condition of the rifle. First, I want to say, SKSs are beautiful pieces of machinery and there aren't many surplus rifles out there that is as reliable, accurate, and as beautiful as an SKS as well as comparable and still up to date with today's firearms and technology. With that being said, I am going to start with the cons, then move on to the pros about this particular SKS that we received. First off, I personally think if all the rifles are in the same condition ours came in, I think the price should be a bit lower. I have a later model SKS with a light brown stock and spike bayonet that is in pristine condition. I bought it last year for $300. The first thing I noticed when we un-boxed it was that the actual bluing on the receiver cover color matched the silver that was on the charging handle/bolt carrier... it was that worn down. The charging handle/bolt carrier itself had surface scratches back and forth as if someone took a piece of sandpaper to it. As well as the bottom of the magazine and parts of the barrel were almost completely silver. The receiver cover did not match the rest of the serial numbers but other than that, the gun matched. The stock was chipped and beat up from the rifles being stacked on one another. There is a circular dimple and gash from another rifles charging handle on the left side of the rifle stock. Classic has no way of preventing that because that's how they are stacked and boxed. The overall condition of the stock in my opinion would be bad. There are dents and chips covering it but these rifles are old and it's understandable.

For the pros, the one we received was actually from the late 50s early 60s and it was a triangle 26 Jianshe arsenal meaning it is generally a hunkier SKS than post 1965 models. Longer barrel lug, heavier firing pin, etc. They started making the rifles a bit lighter (cutting down on cost) around 1965. The rifle we received was made exactly like the Russian SKS besides the stock. The rifling on the rifle we received was superb. There is mirror shine down the bore after I cleaned the 12 pounds of cosmoline out of it. My buddy says he likes the used look of the rifle so he is happy. If he changes his mind later, he said we could go ahead and refinish it to make the wood a bit better looking. But after all, it's an SKS. They are built better than tanks and they are, and will withstand the test of time. I gave this rifle 3 stars due to overall condition/looks of the rifle. Everything works fine. I get very tight groups with every SKS I have shot at 100 yards. So I have no doubts in this thing just because it's ugly. Thanks for reading and I appreciate what Classic Firearms is doing because not many people honor their prices through horrible political climate and keep things stocked. I sometimes don't understand business's greed because it is a horrible business tactic. Thanks for reading and hopefully we can get some pictures up soon. Cheers.
Once the cosmo was cleaned off and the bolt dismantled completely, and cleaned good the firing pin fell on it's own weight and rattled with little effort. That's very important with this kind of rifle. The bolt must be very clean and firing pin free mov
Review by Alfred A. on 8/11/13
Very happy with the purchase and waiting for the next one to arrive Monday, then the 10 day wait. Will go to WEGC Sunday and give 'er a try out.
Beautiful Action... ROUGH stock.
Review by Nick on 8/9/13
The rifle I got was sino-soviet type 56 and serial matching as most people got. My action and the mechanical portion of the rifle itself was in excellent condition. The stock however was a completely different story. I know the Chinese stocks tend to be beat up a fair bit, but this one was worked over pretty hard. It had a fairly deep gouge on the left side of the rifle that matched up perfectly with the changing handle of the rifle that was likely next to it in the crate. The left side also had what looked like a burn in the stock that someone originally tried to repair with a brillo pad. Most of the original shellac and finish was gone. After trying to clean it up, I decided to do a restoration instead. So stripped what little finish was remaining and started the process. I decided to lightly sand the rougher areas with broken fibers and a tung oil finish to try to keep true to the roots of the rifle. The finished product is actually beautiful. I wanted to leave the patina earned from the years on the rifle, but needed a better finish. All in all it was a great success, the color is less red than the original, but it looks amazing. I will try to post pics if I can figure out how. All in all for my first restoration I am very happy with how it turned out.
Good SKS rifle
Review by Dave on 8/9/13
The SKS rifle was in good condition. The stock is has been used in the trench, but not cracked. Early sino-soviet, type 56, factory /26\ stamp, no chinese markings, 4 digit Cyrillic serial number matching numbers on the stock, receiver cover, bolt carrier, bolt assembly, trigger and magazine. Gas piston had cyrillic, ю, 4 digit serial number. Cosmoline cleaned up real well and the bore was clean and bright. I was glad the cleaning rod was installed. Thank you Classic Firearms! sigillvm militvm xpisti -D
Great older heavy duty version, with all matchin #'s, great metal, Don't miss out!!!
Review by Mustang on 8/9/13
The rifle I received (paid $20 for best in 10 pick), has great metal, no rust, very few blue-less areas, fixed with basic cold bluing Cobalt/acid and some Q-tips.
the numbers all match-even the stock, This is the older, exact copy of the original Russian, has the heavy screwed in barrel and lugs, like a tank,. The most fun is cleaning all the cosmoline off and finding the early 1960's(looked up the serial #) jewel underneath. I just barely sanded some rough spots and re-varnished the stock (too cool to change)!! Oh, and it shoots sweet! All my friends want it. Also the best price on the web, even counting the auction sites. Get One Yourself, You can't go wrong! don't miss out!
As always classic is classy.
Nice condition
Review by Vern on 8/8/13
I paid for hand select just before they added the option for matching numbers but the one I got looks like "best of 10" and is great condition. Tons of cosmoline but it's coming off. Wood stock better than expected. Nice historic rifle. Heavy and solid.
Review by Dave_Hulud on 8/6/13
Ordered it and a week later it arrived. Once I cleaned up the Cosmoline (a pain but a good thing), it was in decent shape. Not necessarily good but considering the age and the usage of this rifle, not dissapointed at all. Shot 80 rounds through it already and had no problems. Mosin Nagant next! Thanks!
Review by doctorscriv on 8/5/13
The one I got was in excellent condition, worked perfectly and with no signs of serious corrosion. The stock was in good shape; there were no cracks or flaws. The price is an excellent deal. Customer service was again first rate. Very satisfied with purchase.
Great rifle!
Review by Frank on 8/5/13
I didn't know what to think when I first saw this gun. It was covered in cosmoline and had a lot of dings on the stock, but overall it was not in bad shape. I stripped it down completely and cleaned it piece by piece, then refinished the stock. I took it to the range this weekend, and it's a great shooter. It looks good too! I got some compliments on it while I was there. I have an AK47 that I purchased about 2 years ago, and I would rather shoot this gun any day. It's a very well built gun. It makes the AK seem like a cheap toy when you see them side by side. I'm very happy with this rifle!
Very Nice Condition
Review by donmon on 8/3/13
Great Gun!! Great Purchase!! You can never go wrong owning an SKS. One of the first rifles I grew up with. Thanks Classic for another rifle in good condition. You guys are the best.
God bless.
Solid Historic Firearm for a Great Price
Review by DDM on 8/3/13
This was my first (but not last) purchase from Classic Firearms. I was looking for a Chinese SKS for my otherwise fairly complete SKS collection, but I received, like many others, a Russian SKS with a Chinese receiver cover, so I was a bit dissapointed I did not get a true Chinese-marked rifle, but I am still happy with the good condition of the weapon and its shootability. I now understand the early rifles made with Russian parts and assistance are collectible themselves. I am very impressed with the extensive descriptions, photos and reviews provided for each product. I'll be ordering again soon!
Really Nice Rifle!!!!
Review by John C on 8/1/13
5 Stars from Classic Firearms on my recent Chinese SKS purchase. This is my 4th purchase from Classic and so far I have not been disappointed. This is my first SKS and I am really happy I pulled the trigger on this purchase considering the price tag. My friends remind met they bought theirs when they going rate was under $100!
I opted for the Hand select and Matching Serial numbers options and I am glad I did. The rifle is in good to very good condition, the stock looks like a Russian stock and has few dings and scratches.
The blueing is about 80-85 percent and has some wear on it.
The bayonet looks new.
As one reviewer stated, "Holy Cosmoline Batman" it is everywhere and is thick! I pushed out about a 4-5 inch glob of it from the bore when I ran the first patch through the barrel.
The stock was really coated with it so I will definitely need to let it sit out in the sun to sweat it out of the wood.
Be sure to completely disassemble the bolt to clean out the cosmoline around the firing pin.
Don't let the price deter you, get one!
Time to hit the range
Great condition but missing critical parts
Review by Jeff on 8/1/13
Ordered my SKS Monday afternoon and received from my FFL Wednesday evening. Great shipping time. Rifle is in much better condition than I anticipated. I did pay the etra $20 to have best of 10.

Unfortunately my rifle is missing the bolt. The bolt carrier is present and in excellent shape but now I have to track down a replacement bolt.

Thanks for the review Jeff and for being a customer. We do apologize for the missing bolt and I do believe the staff is already working on getting one out to you :) Thanks again and God bless...

- The Classic Firearms Team

Extremely Satisfied
Review by DW on 7/30/13
I ordered 2 of the hand select Cinese C&R SKS rifles. The first one to arrive was an honest to goodness Sino-Soviet specimen with the /26\ stamp and a serial number consisting of a letter followed by 4 numbers. Everything except the top cover (blank) matched, including the stock. It is truly a lovely rifle.

The 2nd one was a broken disaster but Classic's customer service corrected it with a no-hassle RMA. I had to pay return shipping but other than that the return was simple.

The replacement rifle is actually a Russian SKS, with laminate stock. Again, all the numbers matched except the mismatched top cover. The Cyrillic serial # clearly makes it a Russian but the stock was blank (but lovely) and without the original top cover I cannot date the rifle. Lots of finish wear but a totally solid rifle and well worth the money.
Amazing piece of history at an affordable price
Review by Christopher on 7/30/13
I received a beautiful 1956 production Sino-Soviet SKS (one letter prefix and four digit serial number) with all-matching numbers from Classic the other day, and I am pleased to say that it has met all of my expectations. Yes, these are old rifles that have seen lots of use; however, I am almost certain that these rifles were carried more than they were shot. For example, my rifle has about 30% of its original bluing left and the stock is in good shape considering its age (with no cracks whatsoever), but the internals are in excellent shape. The bolt is in excellent condition and the barrel is very bright/shiny with crisp rifling. I haven't taken the rifle out to the range yet, but I am 100% certain that it will make a great shooter. I would also like to say that Classic's customer service is some of the best that I have seen in the industry. I had an issue with the last SKS that I ordered but they quickly resolved the issue, making sure that I was happy. They are very customer-oriented and will go out of their way to make sure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. Thanks Classic for the great rifle and customer service!
More of the good stuff !
Review by Dana on 7/30/13
Ordered and weapon was shipped quickly. FFL dealer and I unboxed at time of transfer and encountered a ton of cosmoline. Had to wipe barrel to get imprter name for the paperwork. I recently wiped off some more of the stuff and found an all numbers matching(which I selected), 5 digit serial numbered model. Carving in the stock denotes 1953 I believe, or it could be an 8 ? Another carving that I cannot quite make out. Expected bluing loss as expected by the NRA Good rating provided in the description. Will have to thoroughly disassemble a,clean, and reassemble to report further. Keep your eyes peeled for yet another video review ! I am very pleased with this weapon, the ease of dealing with ClassFirearms.com and the accurate descriptions provided. Keep on getting the good stuff ! God Bless.
Review by Frank L. on 7/29/13
I unboxed my order and discovered that I had received an all numbers matching Sino-Soviet SKS without paying extra. The blueing was about 75-80 percent and the bore after cleaning the globs of Cosmoline was found to have a mirror finish.
Better than expected!
Review by David D on 7/29/13
This was my first order from Classic Firearms but it will not be my last. I received a rifle that exceeded my expectations. I paid extra for hand select and received a rifle with matching numbers, at least 85% of the bluing, a cleaning rod, and a stock with only minor dings and dents. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the gun.

Hi David - Thanks for the great review of your SKS rifle. We are certainly thrilled to hear what a nice rifle you received! I do want to put a word of caution out to those who are reading these reviews. To receive one of these rifles with 85% of the bluing and a stock with only minor dents and dings is quite a long shot (even with the hand select option). Most all stock will have more then just "minor" dents and dings as these rifles have not been refurbished. On the other hand, they sure do have a ton of character (and history)! Thanks and God bless.

- The Classic Firearms Team

Type 56 - Solid Shooter
Review by JB on 7/29/13
Great shooter. Ordered on Thursday ...delivered on the following Monday. Hand select with all matching serial numbers. Bright chrome bore with 75% of bluing. The cycling on this weapon has been crisp with no FTEs for 100 rounds. Stock was carved up with Serbic names and what looks to be Jesus Christ!
very good deal
Review by ello on 7/28/13
Once you get beyond the cosmoline, you'll find yourself with a well used and mechanically sound rifle in great condition.
Having to dismantle the rifle to clean every nook and cranny, and you'll have to, is good practice and familiarizes you to the workings and routine to maintain what promises to be a great shooter. The bore has a mirror finish with good rifling, and the metal parts are all clear of pitting. I did encounter one small rust spot under the butt storage flap which was removed easily.
The stock looks rough and well used, but is free of detrimental splits or voids.
Review by Bobby on 7/28/13
Got a great early Chinese factory 26 rifle good shape 70% bluing,the stock a little rough but good enough,the bore is outstanding, this is my third one and again I ordered Tuesday the 23 and got it on the 24th thanks Classic for a great gun and good customer service and fast shipping.
not bad if it worked....
Review by jesse on 7/28/13
Cosmetic Condition is very close to what is being advertised. That part is good. Bad part is mine has a missing spring retainer and the safety spring is missing..trigger issue as it doesn't work......that's what I have found wrong so far. As is, its not a working rifle. I have to go hunt for parts and I guess since replacing missing parts digs me into 922r compliance problem I have to change more parts with american made to not have an illegal rifle, I think? Got to go read the law again. Not real happy about that...but I don't mind a project...just wished I had known id get a nonworking rifle, upfront. Shipping time, packaging, all done very professionally. No isses with classic fellows as this is the risk you take on milsurplus.
Great rifle; I can only guess the history
Review by Walter on 7/27/13
VERY pleased; for $360 plus shipping, etc. and five hours removing cosmolene, I've got a gun that's 80-85% finish and looks close to unfired. Bore appears perfect and the gas cylinder and piston were perfectly clean and showed no wear. All the external S/N's match but the bolt and firing pin are marked with an electric pencil and that number doesn't match the others.

The action wear points that are blued have the blue mostly off but there's no loss of metal. There's some rack wear and the trigger has thin blue only at the highest point -- maybe the rack had a rod or cable through? Blue is a bit lighter at the points that make contact when carried at right shoulder with the left side of rifle flat on shoulder. There was grit under the buttplate, consistent with use on a sandy drill field. Possibly a school or drill team rifle?

This stock, however, had its own career before joining this rifle action. There are no markings whatever and the wood is considerably darkened in the places normal for a right handed shooter. There are a few dings and scratches as typical of a rifle that's been in the field. The wood has a grain similar to oak; the handguard is a good color match but different grain.

The buttplate is slightly misaligned because the screw holes in the stock were drilled out of place and at an angle; an arsenal job would have been jigged I expect. The lower swing swivel has the swivel axis parallel to the line between mounting holes but it is crudely installed on the toe edge of the stock so the swivel is 90º to the usual position; there never was a swivel on the side of the stock. Because of there's an extra hole under the swivel plate I think this stock had the proper toe edge swivel installed at an earlier time but it was replaced with one intended for the face of the stock. I cannot find an SKS picture with a swivel setup like this one.

The buttplate has the trapdoor for a cleaning kit but the stock recess is slightly off center and the trapdoor cannot be aligned in a way that allows it to open. The rear sling swivel and screws are beat up; they appear to have been used as a hammer for a metal object. There's a reparable crack in the stock that may be a result. I will fix this stuff in the course of time.

All of the above adds to the interest. Near-unfired mechanical condition covers a few problems with wood and furniture. VERY satisfied.
Just awesome - get one while you can!!
Review by Lurch on 7/27/13
I ordered 3 from this latest batch with hand select for condition.
Rifle #1 - All matching metal late Soviet with replacement stock. Metal is in great shape, stock has a minor repairable crack.
Rifle #2 - All matching metal early Chinese 6 digit S/N without a factory stamp. Replacement stock had a large split on the buttstock. Contacted Classic and they immediately issued an RMA for return.
Rifle #3 - All matching metal and stock early Chinese 5 digit S/N without a factory stamp. This rifle looks great, I uploaded 2 pics of it.
RMA replacement for rifle #2 - All matching metal and stock early Chinese 6 digit S/N without a factory stamp. Also in great condition, not quite as nice as rifle #3.
Opening the box for the first time is like being a kid at Christmas. You have no idea what you're going to get! Hats off to Classic Firearms for coming thru again and for awesome customer service.
The ONe I Got Was Good
Review by Bruce on 7/27/13
The one I got was much better than advertised.. It has matching numbers and no blue wear. The rifle has a good bore, and the wood was not too bad at all. Fast service from Classic as always. I am very pleased with my purchase.. I did get the hand select
Christmas in July
Review by Sim on 7/27/13
So kudos to Classic Fire Arms for the super fast shipping! I ordered on Monday, gun arrived 2 days later just to be shipped back by UPS!!!! After the screw up I still got the gun on Friday.

First, I would like to say that ordering any mil surplus rifle online is fun... Its like Christmas... you never know what you are going to get once you open up that package. I have read all of the reviews on here and I felt pretty confident that I was going to end up with a decent looking rifle...

I paid the extra $ for hand select and matching #'s and I got just that. I received a decent looking rifle. The barrel has about 75-80% of the bluing left, bayonet is near perfect, all numbers match, bore looks great, and I even got the cleaning rod. I personally enjoy some of the dings on the stock because to me that shows its "war wounds".

After opening the box at the gun store, we were both trying to figure out what factory this rifle was made in... I know these are early Chinese models but I am unable to find any known markings on this one. It has a 5 digit serial number and the only other marks I found was a "21" inside of a triangle on the right side of the stock.

If I had more money I would definitely buy another 1 or 2 of these as I'm ion love with this gun and I have not even cleaned it yet..
Great Gun, Great Service!
Review by AdamBomb on 7/26/13
I purchased a SKS and it got to my FFL pretty quickly. I paid the extra for hand select and numbers matching, but the numbers didn't match and there was fresh damage to the stock. Other than that the gun is great it has obviously been well used, but that's expected.  With that being said I contacted them and I got a quick response from Rick Jones and he took care of me right away. I believe they just made a mistake selecting my gun, but hey nobody's prefect. I will definitely buy from them again. Great customer service!
Review by will on 7/26/13
fast shipping as always. Boxed and bubble wrapped, when opened sks was entombed in earwax cosmoline and as ugly as homemade sin. when cleaned up <10% original blueing but uber nice bore. Low and behold first year sino soviet factory 26 rifle with beechwood stock complete with trench art. Don't know if stock is original but everything else is matching with out re-furb. Import stamp is now almost invisable. Lightning cut bolt, etc. Took my time with her and she is gorgeous now.
nice rifle
Review by george on 7/25/13
I got a sino soviet SKS. All numbers matched except the dust cover. I would say about 85% bluing. The bore is excellent. The stock is rough but acceptable. All parts are in good shape and I rate the bayonet excellent as well [no chinks or scratches]. Only flaw I could find is a broken safety lever that will still function using my thumb nail. God only knows where this rifle was. I am very pleased. with the gun and Classic as usual. .
great rifle
Review by william the great on 7/23/13
Just finished cleaning & reassembling. Was very impressed by the barrel. better than any other military rifle I have. Just need to get out & shoot it. Am also impressed by the people at customer service. Thanks!
Outstandinng Silky Sexy Rifle
Review by John on 7/22/13
What can I say? I have a new favorite rifle.
Went with the hand select and matching serial#s. Outstanding choice. Man, she cleaned up so good. Got the cosmo off the metal with hot water and simple green. The barrel is like a mirror. Wiped down the stock then stripped it with Citristrip. Applied a couple of hot coats of linseed oil. Greased up the receiver with white lithium grease. Man, she is silky smooth. I've in love!
Review by Bobby on 7/21/13
Shipping was fast ordered on Monday and showed up Tuesday, now here is why its getting 4 stars. I ordered 2 rifles and paid for the matching numbers for both, when I got them only one had matching numbers,but both of the rifles were in good shape for the age and I decided to keep the non matching and settle for a refund.I am happy with this purchase and will do busines with Classic again.
Got a bad one
Review by Pacoman40 on 7/20/13
A friend of mine ordered a SKS just before me. His was nice and was as described. Mine other other hand had two cracks in the stock. It specifically said in the descriptions that the stocks were not crack. It had a lot of trench art which I thought was great but the metal had almost no blue on it. When I found out the safety was broke. That was the final straw and I sent it back. Paid for hand select by the way.Classic had fast shipping and kept me informed on the delivery all the way. Gave me no problems when I wanted to return it.
I thought you get what you pay for
Review by JoeyP on 7/19/13
I received my Chi-Com SKS rifle today...First off, I've ordered from Classic before, and have been very pleased. Shipping was FAST!!. The description of the Chi-Com SKS rifle is pretty accurate. If I had ordered the rifle without the extra $20 for "Hand Select for exterior condition" I probably would have gave this four stars. (I also selected matching numbers, which I got)... So there's my issue. The stock was rough and had marks all over it. Not "carvings" that some collectors would like. I myself am not into the carvings, but I would have understood. The metal was borderline. Not much blue left. Barrel seemed bright and was tight. So yea, I got a 'shooter' which is what I wanted. But I guess I just expected better furniture and metal. As I stated before, If I hadn't paid the extra $20 I would have been expecting what I got. Maybe I waited too long and the better ones were all taken. Will I order from Classic again? Probably. Just wont get hand picked for cosmetics anymore... Other than that, I cant complain.

Hi JoeyP - Thanks for the review. Unfortunately, there are no pretty Chinese rifle stocks. These rifles are very old and have seen action. They have not been refurbished like many other surplus rifle types. Even with a hand select, you will still see dings, etc on your stock. However, your hand select will look better than the other 9 :) Please don't hesitate to call if any questions/concerns. Thanks and God bless.

- The Classic Firearms Team

Early Sino-Soviet (Actually)
Review by Crucible Arms on 7/17/13
All numbers match including the stock. This is a true early Sino-Soviet model. People need to research their markings. I'm seeing a lot of "Sino-Soviet" claims that the markings don't support. This rifle was made in the Jianshee Arsenal under Soviet consultancy in early 1956.

The metal on this rifle is 95%, the stock is fairly beat up Cleaned it and linseed oiled it as I didn't want to reduce what value it has which admittedly isn't a lot. Included cleaning rod but no cleaning kit. Bore is in incredibly good condition. Fully functional and I find it easy to be very accurate with this rifle. Shoots like a dream.

Decent value for an all milled, military issued, Chinese SKS. Recommended
Five Stars
Review by Jim on 7/17/13
After a slight shipping delay because of the July 4th holiday I received my Chinese SKS from Classic.

Once I cleaned the thick layer of cosmoline that was included at no extra cost, it appeared I had a pretty nice rifle.

Based on the serial number it appears to be an early 1956 model. It had all matching stamped numbers including the stock. Bluing was very good on everything but the top of the gas cylinder and it a strong shiny bore.

Stock was a little rough but I have seen worse selling for more.

Five Stars for customer service and for the rifle itself.
Review by Jon on 7/16/13
Well, received my Type 56 yesterday and I was kinda disappointed. I read the reviews of people getting really nice ones. I opted for the hand select and if mine was hand selected, I would hate to see what the others looked like. Looked like my Type 53 did. The stock looked like it had been dragged down a gravel road, dumped in a river and hung up wet, beat to hell. Cosmoline is thick and in abundance.The bluing is about 70% on the exposed metal. It is an early 56, 4digit serial, Sino-Soviet model.
I am in the process of disassembly and cleaning. I can't seem to get the gas tube off though. I hope it cleans up nice. Look forward to some range time. I have ordered from Classic before, and I know it depends on the 10 that they pick from as to what you'll receive. Just hoping for better though. I will order again from Classic. Hope she's a good shooter!

Hi Jon - Hopefully it will be a good shooter for you. One common characteristic of most all Chinese rifle is ugly stocks. Even the hand-picked stocks will be ugly, but not as ugly as the other 9 :) Thanks for your business - we truly appreciate it.

- The Classic Firearms Team

Very nice overall- matching numbers
Review by rogbro710 on 7/16/13
Overall- very pleased with the SKS I received from Classic Firearms. I did not choose the hand pick option, but still received a nice looking rifle with all matching numbers. LOTS of cosmoline to wipe off, but that usually means the metal is in pretty good shape.
The stock was in average condition, but I was going to replace it anyway so not a big deal. I am sure if I spent some time cleaning the stock- it would clean up pretty nice. Very happy and will be ordering again soon- Very fast shipping I might add.
Great Buy
Review by Donald on 7/12/13
Just got back from the range after 120 rounds through this gun. All I can say is WOW! This SKS is dead-on accurate. When I received the gun last week, it looked pretty rough, but the more I wiped off the cosmoline the better it got. The bore also looked pretty dark after the first pass of the cleaning rod, but after a few passes it was shining brightly. I paid the extra for hand select and glad I did. All numbers match, the bluing is about 80% and no rust spots.
The stock has lots of dings and a couple really deep scrapes but overall it's not too bad. No cracks or repairs that I could see. I recently purchased a brand new Mini-30 and I must say, I really prefer this SKS.
What a great buy!
Review by spb_la on 7/11/13
Got my Chinese SKS from Classic couple of days ago, and boy, what a great buy that turned out to be.
I see from other reviews that some buyers got very nice rifles without the hand-picked option. I opted for "best of of ten", and this SKS does not disappoint!
Usual minor dings and scratches on the stock aside, it is in a good condition - no cracks of any kind - smooth and solid. Bluing is great with only the tip of the barrel and the bottom of the magazine shining through. All numbers match, including the stock, import marks by I.O. are not as obnoxious as CAI ones, and bore is shiny (once you get past all the cosmoline).
Can not wait to take it to the range!
Thank you, Classic!
A few hiccups and missing pieces but a wonderful SKS anyway!
Review by Kommissar Steve on 7/11/13
Well let me start out by saying this thing was absolutely disgusting. The barrel cleanup in particular was a grotesquely fascinating experience. It was like squeezing a tube of ear wax toothpaste. But the gun (after about 4 hours of rigorous cleaning) was impeccable. The barrel was shiny and well unused or close to it.

I did however notice some missing pieces. The spring in the stock behind the trigger group was gone and made the metal it's wobble, I fixed this by stuffing a bit of a cotton ball in where the spring should be. Also the safety lever spring was gone, I bought a new one but before I did I simply tied a length of string (commie string from an ammo tin) around it to keep it from flopping around. I mean, these things were used by Vietcong, it seemed proper. I did run into a problem when I took it shooting. There were jaggies on the gas piston preventing it from cycling the bolt. I took a file to it.

Yeah this thing had problems but it was so much fun to clean and troubleshoot, I couldn't downgrade it. It has all matching parts, interesting rough stock with trench art, bluing loss, and all the important parts are in perfect condition. It just has so much character I think it's my new favorite.
Great gun, great price.
Review by Tim on 7/9/13
Package arrived faster than expected and the gun was packed well. Tons of cosmoline., but I'm not complaining--there wasn't a spot of rust and most of the bluing was intact. Bore bright and shiny, flawless really.
The stock was pretty dinged up, nothing that a refinishing won't fix. No cracks or splits or missing chunks.
The action works perfectly and the gun fires flawlessly.
Note: I soaked the bolt overnight in mineral spirits then used gun scrubber and compressed air, and there was STILL Cosmoline binding the firing pin. So I tapped out the retaining pin and took the bolt apart and cleaned it right.
This is IMPORTANT because a binding firing pin can cause slam fires (the gun fires when you release the bolt--not good). So clean and lube it well, and just to be safe get a firing pin and spring replacement.
Anyway--great value, wish I had bought two.
Paid for Chinese and got a Russian
Review by Michael on 7/9/13
I love you, classic. Cyrillic serial number, star in the stock, no factory marking either way, shellac paint job. Gotta be Russian. Y'all have done right by me every time I've ordered, but this just iced the cake.
condition grade of gun was very conservative
Review by dustin on 7/8/13
wow. the rifles may have been rated good, but mine was a VERY good example of the early production run if i remember the features used on the early ones right. i did not opt for hand select, and i would say there is about 85% or more metal finish left. functions flawlessly except the safety spring arrived broken so i cannot engage the safety and the lever kind of flops around when i fire. yikes. i just tie the lever to the trigger guard with 550 cord when i shoot it. will have to get replacement A.S.A.P.
odd thing though: mine has absolutely no factory marks or serial numbers on the gun at all, no signs of scrubbing either. only has the importer mark from i.o. inc. i have never heard of that happening. also after cosmo removal (was a PITA!) the rifle was clean as a whistle. even the gas piston has no signs of use. though now it does ;) the stock is a bit beat up from storage, though nothing major. just gives it character. came with cleaning rod and surprisingly a cleaning kit in the butt stock.
of note: usually triggers on norinco sks are terrible in my experience, but this one is truly magnificent. no play/creep/grittiness and has very short travel and MAYBE a 4 lb pull when it fires, and has good positive engagement. (look up why positive engagement is important) it is superior to a friend of mines tula by far. and that one is good as well
ordered 06/28, shipped 07/01, arrived on 07/03. not bad
Holy Cosmoline Batman!!!!
Review by Flash on 7/8/13
If you like to play with cosmoline, this is the gun for you. I think the Chinese were having a contest to see who could use the most. Once cleaned up, the metal is in awesome shape, wood furniture just as described, with some sanding, will look very nice with all the character of the wood remaining. All matching, Tula Stamped. Glad I bought it. Goes to the range on Thursday.
Very Pleased
Review by JG on 7/7/13
Ordered on Monday, and by Wednesday a 6 digit Sino-Soviet SKS showed up. All stamped numbers matching, even the dust cover. Stock was in a bit better condition than I expected and the bluing was about 70%. Cleaned it up and fired 80 rounds of a mix of Tula, Wolf and Norinco ammo. Gun functioned flawlessly and is accurate. LIked it so much I ordered another.
Sino-Soviet SKS
Review by Nate on 7/6/13
Received my new-to-me Factory 26 Simonev, and I am very satisfied. Shipping was fast, even with July 4th! I did not pay for hand pick, and still got a 4 digit rifle in good condition with a cleaning rod, and except for the bolt cover, everything numbered matches (including the stock). I'd say she has 80% bluing left. Quick swab of the barrel looks great, and the crown is also great, no rust spots anywhere and only cosmetic wear in the expected places. I honestly think these were rifles that were carried a lot and shot very little, I plan to strip the stock and stain it as most of the dings and dents are barely through the shellac. Action is smoother and trigger feels better than my shiny Yugo 56. Oh yeah, and there are still huge gobs of cosmoline left, which to me, is mandatory for a positive surplus bargain such as this!

Thank you Classic!
Mine was a Winner
Review by NorthernIndiana on 7/6/13
Received a very nice early 1956 production Sino Soviet SKS. +95% blue. Stock has dings but not abused. Pulled a wad of paper out of hole in butt stock. Not chinese characters, maybe russian. Loaded with cosmoline, but I couldn't be happier with what I was sent. I did request hand select. Thanks Classic Arms!
Love this shooter
Review by Bassinator on 7/6/13
Received this SKS in just four days after ordering. I ordered 2 , both were in the expected condition ,covered in cosmoline , it took a couple of hours to clean both and take to the range and they fired flawlessly ! Love these weapons. I have ordered from Classic before and have always been extremely please! Thank you Classic Fire Arms.
Love this shooter
Review by Bassinator on 7/6/13
Received this SKS in just four days after ordering. I ordered 2 , both were in the expected condition ,covered in cosmoline , it took a couple of hours to clean both and take to the range and they fired flawlessly ! Love these weapons. I have ordered from Classic before and have always been extremely please! Thank you Classic Fire Arms.
Proud of my first SKS
Review by oxfordethan on 7/5/13
I recieved an all-matching 6 digit s/n without the /26\ arsenal mark. Stock it a bit beat up...like I was hoping. The metal on this thing looks great! Very little wear on the bluing. I fired 3 rounds yesterday on the property(celebrating the 4th). Worked great. Can't wait to get in some proper range time.
Great Rifle
Review by Rocco on 7/4/13
I received a numbers matching Sino-Soviet rifle. Very nice collectible.
Outstanding specimen of the Sino-Soviet SKS
Review by Seagrave on 7/4/13
Have ordered through Classic Firearms several times and have never been disappointed as is the case with my latest order. WOW! The ChiCom SKS received is near museum condition! Stock had only 2 small indentations and the butt plate showed the only bluing wear (probably from storage), The serial number indicated a very early model 56 from Soviet tooling and with matching numbers except the bolt cover (left over parts from the Soviet factories as part of the sale to China perhaps?). The copious amount of cosmoline ensures it was well protected for the past ~60 years and cursory inspection shows that it appears to be in unfired condition! Once again, another outstanding purchase from Classic Firearms - THANK YOU!
Review by The Dude on 7/3/13
I was extremely satisfied with the processing time - I ordered on a Thursday and picked up the rifle from my FFL on the following Tuesday. The SKS that I received was Russian - all Russian components with the exception of the dust cover which was Chinese and is considerably loose. The condition is good (very good considering this is a 60+ year old firearm) with scarring of the stock and about 85-90% bluing. The rifle has not been fired at this point.
Great transaction
Review by Latentcarry on 6/28/13
The shipping was unbelievable, Order at 12;30 PM on Thursday and recieve the piece at my door at 11.00 AM Friday ...WOW....
This SKS was better than described with personal carvings in what looks to be French that I'll check out better after I remove the promised coat of cosmoline. This is a 5+ transaction and I order a few weapons online...never seen customer service like this.
Love This SKS
Review by saxman on 12/23/12
This gun arrived exactly as described. The packaging was horrible, but lucky the gun was not damaged. I have redid the stock and it looks like new. I used minwax and tru oil. I have put 100 rounds through it with no problems. I paid for the whole 9 yards and got a nice one. Bluing around 85%. I liked it so much I was going to buy another but they were sold out. Had to get one from another place.
Couldn't be more pleased!!
Review by Root6t6 on 12/23/12
Glad I took the plunge and ordered one of these before they ran out! As usual Classic was a pleasure to deal with and the rifle arrived promptly at my FFL. I kept putting off the purchase due to tight funds Christmas and all but when I saw they were below 99 left I pulled the trigger. I didnt even get the hand select so I was concerned what would show up but was nicely surprised! All serials matched!! The wood is in great shape. The blueing is mostly gone on the metal but otherwise all in great shape! Lots of Cosmo but I look forward to getting it cleaned up. What a great piece of history and I wish it could talk. Of course I would have to learn Chiniese LOL!! Can't wait to put some roumds through it!!!
Good shooter
Review by dg on 12/23/12
When mine arrived, it was dirty. How dirty, very dirty. After a good degreaser soak and scrub and no real progress I switched to the steam cleaner and the air compressor. Under the dirt I found a well preserved SKS. There are a few worn spots on the bluing, and yes the stocks are very worn, but the metal, action, etc. all look good, cycles and shoot well. The bore is bright and shiny. No problem ringing the gong at 200 yards with some Wolf ammo. I'm glad I got one. Thanks!
Great little carbine
Review by warriflefan on 12/22/12
This is one sweet little rifle. It has little bluing left above the wood line but it has that cool battlefield pickup look. Mine came with a sino-banian stock (with two cleaning kit trapdoors) as well. The wood was in very good condition. It has rifling all the way to the crown, and has funtioned flawlessly so far! There was quite a bit of cosmoline on the internals, but that is half the fun! I recommend this rifle if they ever get any more!
cool historic fun
Review by heath on 12/19/12
very pleased with this.shoots well mechanically sound for its age,hey they look old because they are supposed too!im gona cleanup the stock somhow no big deal.instead of whining about cosmetics of appearance be thrilled that classic allowed us to aquire such a badass gun!
Review by Jason on 12/18/12
I went to the gun shop to see the SKS I ordered and it was not what I was expecting. I knew it would not be in prestine shape but was thinking it would of been pretty good. I ordered many Mosin's from here before and were no where near bad of a condition as this one. The SKS I got was rusted in many places on the barrel/reciever/trigger and the stock had paint, gouges, and it has a crack on the end about 4 inches long. I went ahead and transfered it to myself since I would of been out atleast $75 and no gun. I was going to post a video on this but I do not have time right now with job and christmas coming up. I will after christmas and when I'm not gone. I was also thinking it was going to come with the cleaning kit inside the stock but did not. I do understand these are used guns but it was disappointing especially since I have gotten many really good one from classicfirearms in the past.
I expected More
Review by Chogan on 12/15/12
I choose a hand select/matching and recieved a rifle with a decent stock and surface rust on the bolt receiver and all over the barrel. To me this is not what falls into the grade for a hand select based on there criteria. Blueing is easily 30%, broken cleaning rod thats was rusted from top to bottom. I still will enjoy gun but think this falls under the standard ones.
Awesome rifle1
Review by James on 12/11/12
Very pleased with my purchase- i paid for both hand select and matching numbers- it was well worth it. all numbers match- receiver, bolt cover, mag floorplate- even the gas tube. awesome.

shipping was fast to my dealer- shipped on a monday, arrived thursday. i had to wait until today to go pick it up- it was torture

i just took it apart and cleaned it- TONS of cosmoline- worse than my mosin, but nothing i didnt expect, almost no surface rust and blueing is still great, what i was really suprised by was the condition of the bore- so friggin bright.

cant wait to shoot it this week!

i will buy from Classic Firearms again.
Great Value, Great Shooter
Review by Highdesert on 12/11/12
I was very pleasantly surprised by the condition of this rifle. The metal is in excellent condition, a testament to the ample cosmoline. The wood is worn, but without gouges, carvings, or other significant markings. Two hours of cleaning, oiling, and safety checks was all that it required. I paid for hand select and matching numbers...

It fires exceptionally well and is dead on up to 100 yards. I haven't tried anything further yet. I was out with a buddy today. We shot a wide variety of new and old firearms, and by the end of the day he was on the internet trying to find an SKS for himself. Both of us preferred it even to my Saiga 7.62 (converted).

Great value, great shooter. I may pick up another for the safe if they become available again.
Great rifle! Exactly as advertised
Review by JOHN on 12/10/12
After receiving the hand select at home, there was very little cosmoline on the outside but a ton on the inside. But that is a good thing. After a thorough cleaning, this 50 something year old SKS did not look bad at all. Took it to the range this weekend and wow. The iron sights were right on the money. Great purchase.

Thanks Classic!
Very nice piece of history
Review by Ken on 12/10/12
These rifles are exactly as described. I am in the process of cleaning up the 2 that I bought, and so far have found that they were produced in 1959 and are Sino-Soviet rifles.

The parts appear to be all Russian mid 1950's. On the stock of my one rifle I found an Izhevsk Arsenal stamping on the right side.

The stock is a dark hardwood with the sling swivel attached to the toe of the stock rather than on the side which is common to a Soviet made stock as well.

The trigger group milling and the action are made like Soviet rifles of that time.

The barrel cleaned up nicely and is very bright and shiny with plenty of rifling.

The stock is pretty scarred up as described but that just adds to their history.

It is really a nice piece of history to own. I am very pleased with the rifles I received.
pretty good
Review by Fox on 12/7/12
I bought this rifle for $249 and compared to others on themarket, I'm happy. i bought my first sks "yugo" in 2005 for $100 but the market has gone up. The rifle that i recieved from Classic arms really is in pretty good condition. the stock is soaked in cosmoline and the metal has about 20-30% blueing on it with a little amount of rust and pitting. This rifle appears as though it will clean up nicely after I clean it, re-blue it and sand and coat the stock. I also plan on buying a synthetic stock for it. All and all I believe it is a good deal for the times we live in. As for dealing with Classic Arms I also ordered an AR-15 from Palmetto State Armory to ship with this item. When I ordered these two items I felt that the rep from Classic Arms was a liitle un-friendly with me but still my order went smoothly. I have ordered form Classic Arms in the past and will probably order from them again. Also Classica Arms does sometimes have some of the best deals I can find on the internet. Thanks Classi Arms.
Short and positive.
Review by Jeff on 12/7/12
Functional, accurate, very blue, all matching, kinda ugly......Wonderful, and all at the standard grade price. Can't wait for next great deal . Thanks Classic Firearms.
Update of my previous review
Review by Tim on 12/6/12
Now that I've had a chance to go voer the gun more throughly and actually fire it I had to come back and update. To be honest, my first impression of this rifle was disappointment - as the description says they are ugly. That said, after thoroughly cleaning the rifle I found that what I thought was pitting on the bolt face was just heavy tarnish, there is some pretty nasty looking cosmoline/grease inside the receiver, etc that didn't help. After cleaning it up and actually firing it -- I love this rifle. I initially purchased it because it was the cheapest sks I could readily find with plans for a bullpup conversion, but now I think that would be a shame. Battle scarred and ugly is what makes it so appealing now - it is an actual piece of history. A piece of history that is a blast to shoot!!! Love this gun. Thanks.
Not quite what i expected.
Review by juancho on 12/5/12
i recieved mine today and after removing all the COSMO i realized that the cleaning rod was missing, It was guaranteed for a hand select. There is no bluing left on mine, perhaps
whoever pick mine just got lazy. I gave it a 3 star because the customerservice is prompt with my inquiries.
Very Pleased
Review by Drew on 12/5/12
. Very pleased with SKS as soon as I cracked open the box. Very little cosmo, 80% blue and stock was in very good shape. Glad I payed a little more for hand select and matching numbers, it was deff worth it.. FYI looks like the wood turns out blonde after good sanding and some lindseed oil. Thank Classic!
Exactly as described
Review by DAVID on 12/4/12
I was fortunate to grab one the first day, before the hand picked price increase. I cannot believe how accurate this one is, for as old as it is. The only negative was the packing job. 1 piece of bubble wrap in a box 2x too big. It flopped around in the box during the 5 day trip. The box arrived with a hole in it and a fresh chip out of the top wood.
I did not expect this rifle to look as good
Review by spg on 12/2/12
Honestly I did not expect this rifle to look as good as it does. I was looking for a nice SKS shooter and the SKS market around here has been rough. This SKS is in good shape. I did order mine the 2nd day and happy I did. The description about the sks being mostly clean of cosmoline and ready to shoot was not right with mine. This SKS was loaded with it! There is no way this sks is going to shoot until I clean it up. Still this gun is a five star deal! Nice job CF!
Great SKS
Review by JJ on 12/2/12
I just shot this rifle- pretty dang accurate considering my less than eagle eye visual abilities. Bright bore w/ good rifling. Paid for hand select for condition & matching numbers. AlI the metal parts, including the gas tube and piston as well as the stock have matching #'s. The wood is not pretty. I took it apart for a good cleaning and found cosmo was almost absent except for the gas tube parts. I am very happy w/ this rifle.
WOW - A piece of history I never thought I would own
Review by Eric (Surplus-E) on 11/30/12
I own a Russian SKS and still regret missing out on the flood of cheap Yugos. Now I have an original 1956 Chinese! According to this website that I found, because these have 6-digit serial numbers, they are late 1956 production! Love it, and I love classicarms! http://www.yooperj.com/SKS-24.htm
Nice Rifles
Review by Michael on 11/30/12
Received my 2 Chinese SKS's rifles today. Great Rifles! Both Nice bores, Hand Pick for Condition Well worth the extra $$. Non-hand picked spot on with the picture examples. Hand Picked stock is much nicer along with 90% blue. Can't wait to take em out to shoot...Thanks Classic Arms for my first purchase...Very Pleased!
Great deal
Review by rwingsfan on 11/30/12
Mine is great, steel is 60 percent, wood is poor, but better than originally thought it would be. Got all matching numbers. Paid for standard grade. Laughable description about being mostly clean of cosmo and ready to shoot. Not with mine....it was loaded with cosmo...everywhere, no way was thing going to shoot until completely cleaned. Other than that pretty pleased.
Nice Early SKS's
Review by Eville on 11/29/12
Just picked up my 2 rifles at my local FFL. Very pleased with them, the condition of mine were better than I expected by reading all the these are ugly statements in the description of them. I bought these for a restoration project this winter, glad I bought two of them. Because they are what I'd say is good condition, for a old used military rifle, so the restore wont be very complex. My FFL also said that he would classify them as good , and not fair condition, Mine were not hand picked.
Review by David on 11/27/12
Metal is very nice wood is horrible. Over all I would do it again without getting the hand select for condition.

Review by David on 11/27/12
I recieved my SKS yesterday the metal is in very good condition (80 percent blue) the stock is what made me give 4 stars I paid for hand select condition only and on the left side of the reciever there is a hole in the stock where a knot or a repair used to be. All in all I am satisfied just wish I had not paid for hand select. On to project SKS.

Just a reminder that Hand Select is 100% based on the metal. Pretty much every stock is ugly on these guys.

- The Classic Firearms Team

Great Deal
Review by Matt on 11/27/12
Got my rifle yesterday and spent today cleaning all the cosmo out. Stock was in better condition than pictured on the site and all my serials are matching (paid for hand-select for both quality and matching numbers). I'm going to throw the stock in a black garbage bag and leave it on the roof to sweat the cosmoline out of it, then chemically strip it and refinish it, as there's not much finish left on the wood. The bore looks perfect and the only rust I found was a little bit of surface rust on the inside of the buttplate, which isn't important at all.

All in all a fantastic deal, though I only gave 4 stars because shipping was pretty slow.
Somewhat disappointed
Review by Tim on 11/27/12
Description is accurate, these guns are ugly. In preparing to login and do my review I happened to read the updated description of the grading process which added to my disappointment. I ordered very early on within the first few days of thes being posted and paid for hand select for condition only. Of course the stock is beat up and dark - I expected that. It also has almost no bluing, the bore is very dark and the bolt face is pitted. I didn't want a pretty gun, just one in good mechanical shape. If the gradng description is accurate, ordering early on and paying for hand select condition I would expect to have gotten one of the best availalble. I'm not sure I got what I paid for. Still a cool piece of history. Ordered this and one of the last of the Mosin's a few days apart. Mosin which was among the last of the batch should have been a dog is a beautiful rifle -- blown away by it. These were my first orders from Classic Firearms and my first purchase of classic military firearms. Hoping that a through cleaning of the SKS will improve my feeling about the purchase.

Hi Tim - That dark bore is likely old dried up cosmoline as these rifles have been sitting in storage for the past 20 years and after the cosmoline was thrown on them. Try using J-B bore and a brush - I think you'll like what you see after a good cleaning :) God Bless, Rick Jones

- The Classic Firearms Team

ugly is beautiful!
Review by big stan on 11/22/12
....Like my old lady these rifles are functional but a bit rough.I like mine and will get another for my collection(gun lol)....Stan
Another Great Gun From Classic Arms
Review by Deerhunterr82 on 11/21/12
Received my rifle yesterday and it was as described. The stock is rough but only adds character to it. I also lucked up and got all matching numbers without having to pay extra for hand select. Very Pleased.
Review by Duane on 11/21/12
Seeing the other reviews I guess I just got a bad one. Stock is pretty beat, but I expected that. I didn't expect all the rust and pitting on this "hand select for condition" rifle. If I had to do again I think I would pass. Only gave it 3 stars because the stories this rifle could tell.
bought a 2d one
Review by Christopher on 11/21/12
Liked the first one so much I bought a 2d. This type 56 SKS is identical to the Russian SKS, since it was manufactured on the same tooling but at half the price. High quality materials and workmanship. Stock appears to be a tropical hardwood, either teak or mahogany Got the hand select, serial numbers (all stamped matching including stock, matching electropencil on gas tube, gas piston and extractor) put date of manufacture 1958. Description is accurate, except I think it is very important to clean these rifles before shooting. In particular disassemble the bolt and clean the firing pin and the channel in the bolt so you dont have a potential safety issue with slam fires. Given the spots I found a bit of rust, places that dont get wet normally, i think the weapon spent a lot of time in a hot humid climate and the picture on the Classic website of the Viet Cong crouching in the tunnel with one may not be far off from where these weapons last saw combat.
Another Great Buy from Classic Firearms
Review by LT on 11/21/12
Just picked up my SKS, what a beauty. The stock is not in the best shape, however better than described. The bore and the rest is just excellent. Will probably buy another one. Didn't realize the rifle is so light.
Can't Beat It!!!
Review by Flash on 11/21/12
Received today...very nice piece of history. Not beautiful, but will be soon!!! Another very positive transaction from Classic. Can't wait to shoot it on Sunday!!!
Well Used but Interesting Chinese SKS
Review by James on 11/18/12
Received a Chinese SKS from Classic, its almost all matching including the stock and is caked in cosmo. Nice clean bore. Very little finish left on the metal. Stock is very rough with lots of dents and creases but it was advertised that way. Soldiers name carved in the left side of the stock.

Altogether its a neat rifle with a lot of 'character ' to it, I'm happy with my purchase.