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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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    Product Specs 7.62x39 Semi-Auto All Milled 10 Rd Box Mag Chrome Lined Barrel With Folding Bayonet
    Country of Manufacture China
    License Requirement Curio and Relic
    Manufacturer Norinco
    Mfg. Part Number chicom-sks
    UPC No
    Caliber/Gauge 7.62x39
    Threaded Barrel No
    Free Shipping No
    Flat Rate Shipping N/A

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

    Availability: Out of stock

        |    Item #: LNGCHICOM-SKS    |    


    Early Original Military Surplus Type 56 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 highly functional and very cool! Add one to your collection before they're gone.

    Grade B SKS Rifles available here.

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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 Type 56 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 highly functional and very cool! Add one to your collection before they're gone.

    Grade B SKS Rifles available here.

    319.99
    $319.99

    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.  To be clear, expect an ugly 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.....  

    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.

    Additional Information

    Product Specs 7.62x39 Semi-Auto All Milled 10 Rd Box Mag Chrome Lined Barrel With Folding Bayonet
    Country of Manufacture China
    License Requirement Curio and Relic
    Manufacturer Norinco
    Mfg. Part Number chicom-sks
    UPC No
    Caliber/Gauge 7.62x39
    Threaded Barrel No
    Free Shipping No
    Flat Rate Shipping N/A

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    Better than expected
    Review by BoBK on 2/21/15
    Quality
    These two SKSs were picked up during Classic's B-Grade sale. Were caked w/ grease and gunk when first getting them--I'll be honest, I was a little apprehensive at first and wondering what I had gotten myself into. But after a LOT of cleaning and a LOT of time working on them, they came out beautiful. I'm not even sure the pictures do them justice. Still wondering whether I want to re-blue them or not, but for now I am pleased. A couple mismatched numbers, but they appear to be the earlier Sino-Soviet what what I can figure--don't judge me, I am just getting into the SKS :) . Overall I am happy for what I got for what I paid. Am guessing the regular SKS (not B-Grade) would be very worth the cost. Thanks again, Classic!
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    B-Grade SKS
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    You need one
    Review by Jeffrey on 12/27/14
    Quality
    If you have not gotten one of these yet you need to. This has been one of the best shoots I have gotten so far from Classic. The price is far less then what you get. With a little cleaning and time you can get a real part of history.
    Video Review
    SKS from Classic Firearms
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    Refinished the Chinese SKS Type 56
    Review by Rusted KC Channel on 11/8/14
    Quality
    I originally completed an unboxing video and review and wanted to do an update with my refinished product. After quite a bit of elbow grease, I was able to get this gun into good working order. Check out my video for the final product.
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    Chinese SKS Type 56 from Classic Firearms Refinished!
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    Love it
    Review by Thomas on 12/23/14
    Quality
    Okay, she is not in perfect shape, but was in better than expected condition. Yes, there was a LOT of cosmo on/in it, but what do you expect? I disassemble the weapon and laid the stock on cardboard in the sunlight and let mother nature remove what I couldn't wipe off. (NICE stock) After a day of sunning and wiping cosmoline off the stock, I moved on to the metal parts. I filled a section of capped off rain gutter with boiling water and dropped the action, barrel, butt stock plate and anything else metal into it,,,,, twice. (90% rubbing alcohol gets rid of a lot of moisture guys.) After a good cleaning , I now have a very nice Russian/Sino SKS with matching numbers that I am anxious to get to the range with. Classic has always delivered weapons as described to me and I will continue to shop their site/store.
    Cool rifle at a fair price, but not a deal...
    Review by Jace on 12/22/14
    Quality
    I purchased a standard grade SKS rifle, and the total was $309.00 including shipping. I also had to pay another $20.00 for the FFL transfer. For a total of $329.00 for a neat rifle, but it looked like it was dragged through a gravel pit and then submersed in a barrel of cosmoline.

    When I picked up my rifle at the FFL, another guy was picking up his SKS that also came from classic firearms. He purchased a grade B rifle, so we unpacked our rifles and compared them. I was shocked to see his rifle appeared to be cosmetically in much better condition than mine. His stock was decent, and his bluing was better than mine; this made me wonder what I paid extra for? On a positive note, my rifle was numbers matching and I did not pay the extra to get a numbers matching rifle.

    It took me several hours to clean and massage the rifle to make it functional. Last weekend, I tested it at the range and I cycled through a few boxes of ammo without any issues. In summary, my SKS is a fun gun, but I should have purchased a Grade B and saved $50.00.
    Fantastic deal - for a Sino-Soviet SKS "Arsenal 26 "Letter Gun"
    Review by Jim on 12/5/14
    Quality
    I recently purchased this Chinese SKS Type 56 rifle on 11/27/14 while it was on sale for $289.99 without paying extra for matching numbers or better stock condition. Not expecting much, I thought it would just be a nice project gun addition to my collection. However, upon unwrapping (yes, it's totally packed with a boat load of cosmoline, so stock up on your cleaning solvents), I found it to be an original Sino-Soviet SKS Arsenal 26 "F-series, 4 digit Letter Gun" having all matching serial numbers including the stock throughout the rifle. The stock itself is in quite good condition considering its age. No splits, deep gouges, etc., just standard small dings and dents from general use. Even the stocks inspection stamps are visible. Bluing is about 75-80% depending on the specific area. An excellent purchase for the price and a nice surprise. Thank you Classic Firearms. Well done!
    SKS Type 56 Purchase fromCLASSIC FIREARMS
    Review by Geno on 12/3/14
    Quality
    I purchased my Chinese SKS Type 56 on 11/21/2014 and my FFL dealer received it on 11/28. The rifle was as described in their ad, bluing was worn, stock had some dings and a few small rust spots on the receiver assembly and magazine. I am currently in the process cleaning out the cosmoline then touching touching up the bluing and refinishing the stock with Min Wax red chestnut stain and Tru Oil. I can highly recommend Classic Firearms as very good dealer and plan on purchasing from them again.
    Great piece of histroy
    Review by Bruce on 11/24/14
    Quality
    I did not choose all matching #s, but that is what I got. Thank you. There was a lot of service wear on stock, including a piece of uniform stuffed in the stock used for cleaning. There was also initials craved in the stock. This is a great piece of history and good addition to my collection. It did take some cleaning and a surprise of seven inches of cosmoile in the barrel, but now I know the weapon. Thank you Classic.
    Preserved
    Review by Josh on 11/24/14
    Quality
    Bought this SKS because they are getting harder to find and more expensive. This thing was COATED when I unpackaged. It took me almost three hours to clean the cozmoline off the gun. LOL. Gun is Sweet. I wish I would have bought a couple more.
    Buy One!
    Review by tilly on 11/21/14
    Quality
    Once you dig under the cosmoline...it's all good!
    Gambled and lost, but a real Sino-Soviet
    Review by James on 11/21/14
    Quality
    After reading previous reviews testifying Russian stamped rifles, I was hoping for a Russian marked Sino-Soviet. It is a real Sino-Soviet but has the Latin letter F as the prefix to the serial number which is not a Russian letter. I was pretty disappointed. I paid for a hand pick and as promised everything matches. The bluing is run nearly to the white metal. The stock looks like it was pulled through a marble quarry and then handed over to the children of Lord of the Flies who descended upon it with forks and knives of various sizes, carving lateral streaks and scrapes as well as Vietnamese obscenities into the fragile and porous arctic pine. After what appears to be a long, and very nihilistic career in the jungle of southeast Asia, the rifle appears to have been placed in a box by a inefficient Chinese arsenal worker who was paid per barrel of cosmoline he used each day. After the seven barrels of cosmoline were placed onto this ill-fated rifle, she sat in a dark and cold warehouse until god knows when, causing the congealment, and eventual fossilization of said cosmoline onto the various cracks, nooks, crannies and, indeed, every orifice of the rifle, frozen in place as a sort of primordial ooze long turned to stone. I have sent the rifle to the nearby natural history museum, and am hoping that the local paleontologists, through the use of state of the art 3-D imagine and painstaking reconstruction can begin the process of re-articulating the rifle, or at least create a scientifically accurate illustration of what the rifle used to look like when it was alive. The specimen was sent to me in a timely fashion, and without incident as is usual from classic firearms. I wish you all better luck with your purchases, this rifle is worth maybe two hundred bucks tops. I bought a beautiful Russian stock, and actually the rifle is made with Russian tooling and obvious Russian font. No Chinese characters just the triangle proof mark. Great service, will buy from you again. I wonder what the B grade look like.
    Perfect!
    Review by Mike on 11/14/14
    Quality
    Received mine a few days ago. Regular purchase not a hand-select and buried in cosmoline. After cleaning I discovered a Sino-Soviet SKS that was beautifully worn from years of use with a very nice stock bearing the arsenal number “54.” The bore was bright and shiny and the rifle performed flawlessly when I brought it to a local indoor range and put 40 rounds of Golden Bear through it. This weekend I will take it to an outdoor range and cycle an additional 100 rounds. I couldn’t be more pleased with this gun. If you’re the type who appreciates functioning well-worn and not-too-pretty rifles you can’t go wrong with one of these little gems.
    Outstanding
    Review by Uncle Sam on 11/8/14
    Quality
    Numbers match and barrel is chrome perfect! Thanks C.F.
    Very bad cracked stock
    Review by Bon on 11/6/14
    Quality
    Know the stock was gonna be pretty ugly I never thought it would come cracked in 3 places right where the trigger sets in. On top of the I paid the highest price at 319.00 +19.99 for matching #'s. had to buy another stock hope my next purchase is a better one.

    Hi Bon - Sorry to hear that your stock was cracked in 3 places. Please note we do mention in our ad there may be small cracks, but should not effect functionality. If the stock on your rifle is not as described, we are happy to issue an RMA# for an exchange or refund if you desire. We are more than happy to make it right for you as we want you to be satisfied with your transaction. Let us know what we can do for you. Thanks and God bless....

    - The Classic Firearms Team

    overall great shape
    Review by hunter on 11/5/14
    Quality
    this was my first purchase from classic firearms. it was a great transaction. rifle shipped fast. the rifle was as described. it was in nice condition, good bluing. the stock was scratched and a few gouges, but in great shape for a surplus gun. it came with the cleaning rod, but unfortunately its the wrong cleaning rod, and the bayonet cannot be extended wile the rod is on the rifle. im going to try to find a rod and cleaning kit to go with the gun to try to make it complete. thanks classic firearms. hope to be ordering from you again soon!

    ONE OF A KIND!
    Review by Robert on 10/29/14
    Quality
    ONE OF A KIND! I ordered the SKS as an early birthday present for myself. I paid the extra $20 for all numbers matching. What I received I did not expect. I received an all-matching 5-digit Ghost SKS WITH NO IMPORT MARKS! I could not believe it! There was about 75% bluing left and the stock was in really good shape! The bore was in fantastic shape. It took an entire weekend to remove all the cosmoline but after it was all said and done I ended up with a great rifle. I cannot wait to get to the range.
    It's Ok, not worth hand select with with surface rust and pitting
    Review by Thomas on 10/27/14
    Quality
    It's my first SKS. I did hand select and matching numbers. it arrived coated in cosmoline. It wasn't like the cosmoline my Mosin's came in. This stuff was dirty and not as viscous. The stock isn't bad and the bore looks ok after cleaning. After getting apart and cleaned I realized there is a fair amount of rust and pitting on the barrel and in other spots. It's a straight shooter and I enjoyed shooting it. Giving it 2 because payed for classics' top tier and hand select and I got surface rust and pitting which they describe in the for grade B's..

    Hi Thomas - Sounds like we got this all taken care of for you on the phone. Let us know if we can be of any further assistance. Thanks for being a great customer.

    - The Classic Firearms Team

    Satisfied overall. [thumbs down] to cosmoline.
    Review by Mike on 10/14/14
    Quality
    The SKS I received is a 1956 Sino-Soviet that arrived in 3 days just about exactly as described, including a 4" crack in the stock. However, there was significant rust and some pitting on the receiver and in the bolt assembly. I soaked a few parts in solvent in order to free them up, and unfortunately, the corrosion issue isn't entirely beneath the stock where it isn't apparent.

    The stock remains imbued with cosmoline despite everything I've done to remove it, and that issue is a problem as far as repairing the crack. Nothing adheres so far to affect a repair.

    That all said, I am satisfied with this purchase overall and would/will do business again.
    Ugly, stinky, but a fun shooter.
    Review by Paul on 10/8/14
    Quality
    The rifle was shipped promptly and I found it to be well packaged when I opened the box. I also found the most cosmoline goobered surplus rifle I have ever received. It smelled like a Vietnamese fish market. I couldn't really see the rifle whatsoever under all the gunk. It took many hours, several pots of boiling water, and much cursing to get it cleaned up. With the boiling water on the metal parts you save a ton of time, rags, and patches by the way.

    I've had a couple of SKS's before; one Yugo and one Type 56, and this one is by far the ugliest. The stock is actually not too bad, but the wood doesn't seem the typical grain of the Type 56. There is a strange pin through the wood near where the bayonet ends. A repair? The pitting is pretty substantial on the magazine, the trigger assembly, and the place where the two pistons meet above the barrel. The bayonet shows use with some nicks and darkening from shooting. There are a couple of carved words (I think) on the stock that are in written in some sort of Latin-based alphabet, which is cool. Everything matches except for the dust cover.

    For all of that ugly, however, this is also one of the neatest surplus rifles I've had. It has the two letter, four number (AB 1234) serial numbers typical of early Russian SKS's, a Chinese dust cover, and strange carvings in a Latin-alphabet. My only guess after many hours of research is that it is probably a rifle that had made it through Albania at some point, but who knows? Modern Vietnamese is also Latin-based, but I don't think it is a Vietnamese rifle.

    Another great thing about this rifle is that it shoots like a champ. I had concerns dry firing before the range that the trigger had a particularly bad break. It did for the first twenty rounds. The gunk in the assembly must have knocked or melted loose, and my girlfriend and I were nailing targets at 100 and 200 yards no problem.

    All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase. However, if this is what paying extra for cosmetics gets you, they must be running out because pretty this wasn't. I understand, though, that most of the wear was under the stock, so it's not really Classic's fault. I guess my question would be how do they see if it is nice or not if it is so covered in cosmo? The bottom line is that this is a random surplus with some neat history, and therefore some cool battle scars, which is what I want anyway. Thanks again Classic! I will be a customer in the future.
    Excellent Rifle and Excellent Service!!!!!!!!!
    Review by LP on 10/8/14
    Quality
    Man I love doing business with classic firearms! Great prices great products!!! Fasssst shipping!!!!

    I purchased the Chinese SKS not quite knowing what to expect but after reading and seeing other's happy reviews; I decided that I would purchase from them. Man am I glad that I did. I got a gun made in 1956 that is a ghost gun. Russian parts; stock and metal no country or factory markings what so ever. Low six digit serial number the stock was some what beat on but what can you expect for a 58 Year old used firearm. Bluing is about 50-55%. Bore is PRISTINE!!!!
    Everything that Classic Firearms said the firearm would be it was, PLUS it was much better than they even said it would be. I, like a lot of the other reviews that I read, am very happy with my purchase from Classic. Thanks guys!!!

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    • 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.  To be clear, expect an ugly 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.....  

      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.
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      Product Specs 7.62x39 Semi-Auto All Milled 10 Rd Box Mag Chrome Lined Barrel With Folding Bayonet
      Country of Manufacture China
      License Requirement Curio and Relic
      Manufacturer Norinco
      Mfg. Part Number chicom-sks
      UPC No
      Caliber/Gauge 7.62x39
      Threaded Barrel No
      Free Shipping No
      Flat Rate Shipping N/A
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      Better than expected
      Review by BoBK on 2/21/15
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      These two SKSs were picked up during Classic's B-Grade sale. Were caked w/ grease and gunk when first getting them--I'll be honest, I was a little apprehensive at first and wondering what I had gotten myself into. But after a LOT of cleaning and a LOT of time working on them, they came out beautiful. I'm not even sure the pictures do them justice. Still wondering whether I want to re-blue them or not, but for now I am pleased. A couple mismatched numbers, but they appear to be the earlier Sino-Soviet what what I can figure--don't judge me, I am just getting into the SKS :) . Overall I am happy for what I got for what I paid. Am guessing the regular SKS (not B-Grade) would be very worth the cost. Thanks again, Classic!
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      B-Grade SKS
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      You need one
      Review by Jeffrey on 12/27/14
      Quality
      If you have not gotten one of these yet you need to. This has been one of the best shoots I have gotten so far from Classic. The price is far less then what you get. With a little cleaning and time you can get a real part of history.
      Video Review
      SKS from Classic Firearms
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      Refinished the Chinese SKS Type 56
      Review by Rusted KC Channel on 11/8/14
      Quality
      I originally completed an unboxing video and review and wanted to do an update with my refinished product. After quite a bit of elbow grease, I was able to get this gun into good working order. Check out my video for the final product.
      Video Review
      Chinese SKS Type 56 from Classic Firearms Refinished!
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      Love it
      Review by Thomas on 12/23/14
      Quality
      Okay, she is not in perfect shape, but was in better than expected condition. Yes, there was a LOT of cosmo on/in it, but what do you expect? I disassemble the weapon and laid the stock on cardboard in the sunlight and let mother nature remove what I couldn't wipe off. (NICE stock) After a day of sunning and wiping cosmoline off the stock, I moved on to the metal parts. I filled a section of capped off rain gutter with boiling water and dropped the action, barrel, butt stock plate and anything else metal into it,,,,, twice. (90% rubbing alcohol gets rid of a lot of moisture guys.) After a good cleaning , I now have a very nice Russian/Sino SKS with matching numbers that I am anxious to get to the range with. Classic has always delivered weapons as described to me and I will continue to shop their site/store.
      Cool rifle at a fair price, but not a deal...
      Review by Jace on 12/22/14
      Quality
      I purchased a standard grade SKS rifle, and the total was $309.00 including shipping. I also had to pay another $20.00 for the FFL transfer. For a total of $329.00 for a neat rifle, but it looked like it was dragged through a gravel pit and then submersed in a barrel of cosmoline.

      When I picked up my rifle at the FFL, another guy was picking up his SKS that also came from classic firearms. He purchased a grade B rifle, so we unpacked our rifles and compared them. I was shocked to see his rifle appeared to be cosmetically in much better condition than mine. His stock was decent, and his bluing was better than mine; this made me wonder what I paid extra for? On a positive note, my rifle was numbers matching and I did not pay the extra to get a numbers matching rifle.

      It took me several hours to clean and massage the rifle to make it functional. Last weekend, I tested it at the range and I cycled through a few boxes of ammo without any issues. In summary, my SKS is a fun gun, but I should have purchased a Grade B and saved $50.00.
      Fantastic deal - for a Sino-Soviet SKS "Arsenal 26 "Letter Gun"
      Review by Jim on 12/5/14
      Quality
      I recently purchased this Chinese SKS Type 56 rifle on 11/27/14 while it was on sale for $289.99 without paying extra for matching numbers or better stock condition. Not expecting much, I thought it would just be a nice project gun addition to my collection. However, upon unwrapping (yes, it's totally packed with a boat load of cosmoline, so stock up on your cleaning solvents), I found it to be an original Sino-Soviet SKS Arsenal 26 "F-series, 4 digit Letter Gun" having all matching serial numbers including the stock throughout the rifle. The stock itself is in quite good condition considering its age. No splits, deep gouges, etc., just standard small dings and dents from general use. Even the stocks inspection stamps are visible. Bluing is about 75-80% depending on the specific area. An excellent purchase for the price and a nice surprise. Thank you Classic Firearms. Well done!
      SKS Type 56 Purchase fromCLASSIC FIREARMS
      Review by Geno on 12/3/14
      Quality
      I purchased my Chinese SKS Type 56 on 11/21/2014 and my FFL dealer received it on 11/28. The rifle was as described in their ad, bluing was worn, stock had some dings and a few small rust spots on the receiver assembly and magazine. I am currently in the process cleaning out the cosmoline then touching touching up the bluing and refinishing the stock with Min Wax red chestnut stain and Tru Oil. I can highly recommend Classic Firearms as very good dealer and plan on purchasing from them again.
      Great piece of histroy
      Review by Bruce on 11/24/14
      Quality
      I did not choose all matching #s, but that is what I got. Thank you. There was a lot of service wear on stock, including a piece of uniform stuffed in the stock used for cleaning. There was also initials craved in the stock. This is a great piece of history and good addition to my collection. It did take some cleaning and a surprise of seven inches of cosmoile in the barrel, but now I know the weapon. Thank you Classic.
      Preserved
      Review by Josh on 11/24/14
      Quality
      Bought this SKS because they are getting harder to find and more expensive. This thing was COATED when I unpackaged. It took me almost three hours to clean the cozmoline off the gun. LOL. Gun is Sweet. I wish I would have bought a couple more.
      Buy One!
      Review by tilly on 11/21/14
      Quality
      Once you dig under the cosmoline...it's all good!
      Gambled and lost, but a real Sino-Soviet
      Review by James on 11/21/14
      Quality
      After reading previous reviews testifying Russian stamped rifles, I was hoping for a Russian marked Sino-Soviet. It is a real Sino-Soviet but has the Latin letter F as the prefix to the serial number which is not a Russian letter. I was pretty disappointed. I paid for a hand pick and as promised everything matches. The bluing is run nearly to the white metal. The stock looks like it was pulled through a marble quarry and then handed over to the children of Lord of the Flies who descended upon it with forks and knives of various sizes, carving lateral streaks and scrapes as well as Vietnamese obscenities into the fragile and porous arctic pine. After what appears to be a long, and very nihilistic career in the jungle of southeast Asia, the rifle appears to have been placed in a box by a inefficient Chinese arsenal worker who was paid per barrel of cosmoline he used each day. After the seven barrels of cosmoline were placed onto this ill-fated rifle, she sat in a dark and cold warehouse until god knows when, causing the congealment, and eventual fossilization of said cosmoline onto the various cracks, nooks, crannies and, indeed, every orifice of the rifle, frozen in place as a sort of primordial ooze long turned to stone. I have sent the rifle to the nearby natural history museum, and am hoping that the local paleontologists, through the use of state of the art 3-D imagine and painstaking reconstruction can begin the process of re-articulating the rifle, or at least create a scientifically accurate illustration of what the rifle used to look like when it was alive. The specimen was sent to me in a timely fashion, and without incident as is usual from classic firearms. I wish you all better luck with your purchases, this rifle is worth maybe two hundred bucks tops. I bought a beautiful Russian stock, and actually the rifle is made with Russian tooling and obvious Russian font. No Chinese characters just the triangle proof mark. Great service, will buy from you again. I wonder what the B grade look like.
      Perfect!
      Review by Mike on 11/14/14
      Quality
      Received mine a few days ago. Regular purchase not a hand-select and buried in cosmoline. After cleaning I discovered a Sino-Soviet SKS that was beautifully worn from years of use with a very nice stock bearing the arsenal number “54.” The bore was bright and shiny and the rifle performed flawlessly when I brought it to a local indoor range and put 40 rounds of Golden Bear through it. This weekend I will take it to an outdoor range and cycle an additional 100 rounds. I couldn’t be more pleased with this gun. If you’re the type who appreciates functioning well-worn and not-too-pretty rifles you can’t go wrong with one of these little gems.
      Outstanding
      Review by Uncle Sam on 11/8/14
      Quality
      Numbers match and barrel is chrome perfect! Thanks C.F.
      Very bad cracked stock
      Review by Bon on 11/6/14
      Quality
      Know the stock was gonna be pretty ugly I never thought it would come cracked in 3 places right where the trigger sets in. On top of the I paid the highest price at 319.00 +19.99 for matching #'s. had to buy another stock hope my next purchase is a better one.

      Hi Bon - Sorry to hear that your stock was cracked in 3 places. Please note we do mention in our ad there may be small cracks, but should not effect functionality. If the stock on your rifle is not as described, we are happy to issue an RMA# for an exchange or refund if you desire. We are more than happy to make it right for you as we want you to be satisfied with your transaction. Let us know what we can do for you. Thanks and God bless....

      - The Classic Firearms Team

      overall great shape
      Review by hunter on 11/5/14
      Quality
      this was my first purchase from classic firearms. it was a great transaction. rifle shipped fast. the rifle was as described. it was in nice condition, good bluing. the stock was scratched and a few gouges, but in great shape for a surplus gun. it came with the cleaning rod, but unfortunately its the wrong cleaning rod, and the bayonet cannot be extended wile the rod is on the rifle. im going to try to find a rod and cleaning kit to go with the gun to try to make it complete. thanks classic firearms. hope to be ordering from you again soon!

      ONE OF A KIND!
      Review by Robert on 10/29/14
      Quality
      ONE OF A KIND! I ordered the SKS as an early birthday present for myself. I paid the extra $20 for all numbers matching. What I received I did not expect. I received an all-matching 5-digit Ghost SKS WITH NO IMPORT MARKS! I could not believe it! There was about 75% bluing left and the stock was in really good shape! The bore was in fantastic shape. It took an entire weekend to remove all the cosmoline but after it was all said and done I ended up with a great rifle. I cannot wait to get to the range.
      It's Ok, not worth hand select with with surface rust and pitting
      Review by Thomas on 10/27/14
      Quality
      It's my first SKS. I did hand select and matching numbers. it arrived coated in cosmoline. It wasn't like the cosmoline my Mosin's came in. This stuff was dirty and not as viscous. The stock isn't bad and the bore looks ok after cleaning. After getting apart and cleaned I realized there is a fair amount of rust and pitting on the barrel and in other spots. It's a straight shooter and I enjoyed shooting it. Giving it 2 because payed for classics' top tier and hand select and I got surface rust and pitting which they describe in the for grade B's..

      Hi Thomas - Sounds like we got this all taken care of for you on the phone. Let us know if we can be of any further assistance. Thanks for being a great customer.

      - The Classic Firearms Team

      Satisfied overall. [thumbs down] to cosmoline.
      Review by Mike on 10/14/14
      Quality
      The SKS I received is a 1956 Sino-Soviet that arrived in 3 days just about exactly as described, including a 4" crack in the stock. However, there was significant rust and some pitting on the receiver and in the bolt assembly. I soaked a few parts in solvent in order to free them up, and unfortunately, the corrosion issue isn't entirely beneath the stock where it isn't apparent.

      The stock remains imbued with cosmoline despite everything I've done to remove it, and that issue is a problem as far as repairing the crack. Nothing adheres so far to affect a repair.

      That all said, I am satisfied with this purchase overall and would/will do business again.
      Ugly, stinky, but a fun shooter.
      Review by Paul on 10/8/14
      Quality
      The rifle was shipped promptly and I found it to be well packaged when I opened the box. I also found the most cosmoline goobered surplus rifle I have ever received. It smelled like a Vietnamese fish market. I couldn't really see the rifle whatsoever under all the gunk. It took many hours, several pots of boiling water, and much cursing to get it cleaned up. With the boiling water on the metal parts you save a ton of time, rags, and patches by the way.

      I've had a couple of SKS's before; one Yugo and one Type 56, and this one is by far the ugliest. The stock is actually not too bad, but the wood doesn't seem the typical grain of the Type 56. There is a strange pin through the wood near where the bayonet ends. A repair? The pitting is pretty substantial on the magazine, the trigger assembly, and the place where the two pistons meet above the barrel. The bayonet shows use with some nicks and darkening from shooting. There are a couple of carved words (I think) on the stock that are in written in some sort of Latin-based alphabet, which is cool. Everything matches except for the dust cover.

      For all of that ugly, however, this is also one of the neatest surplus rifles I've had. It has the two letter, four number (AB 1234) serial numbers typical of early Russian SKS's, a Chinese dust cover, and strange carvings in a Latin-alphabet. My only guess after many hours of research is that it is probably a rifle that had made it through Albania at some point, but who knows? Modern Vietnamese is also Latin-based, but I don't think it is a Vietnamese rifle.

      Another great thing about this rifle is that it shoots like a champ. I had concerns dry firing before the range that the trigger had a particularly bad break. It did for the first twenty rounds. The gunk in the assembly must have knocked or melted loose, and my girlfriend and I were nailing targets at 100 and 200 yards no problem.

      All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase. However, if this is what paying extra for cosmetics gets you, they must be running out because pretty this wasn't. I understand, though, that most of the wear was under the stock, so it's not really Classic's fault. I guess my question would be how do they see if it is nice or not if it is so covered in cosmo? The bottom line is that this is a random surplus with some neat history, and therefore some cool battle scars, which is what I want anyway. Thanks again Classic! I will be a customer in the future.
      Excellent Rifle and Excellent Service!!!!!!!!!
      Review by LP on 10/8/14
      Quality
      Man I love doing business with classic firearms! Great prices great products!!! Fasssst shipping!!!!

      I purchased the Chinese SKS not quite knowing what to expect but after reading and seeing other's happy reviews; I decided that I would purchase from them. Man am I glad that I did. I got a gun made in 1956 that is a ghost gun. Russian parts; stock and metal no country or factory markings what so ever. Low six digit serial number the stock was some what beat on but what can you expect for a 58 Year old used firearm. Bluing is about 50-55%. Bore is PRISTINE!!!!
      Everything that Classic Firearms said the firearm would be it was, PLUS it was much better than they even said it would be. I, like a lot of the other reviews that I read, am very happy with my purchase from Classic. Thanks guys!!!

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