Well I have been admiring the recent SKS's of other board members and considered ordering one. However I contacted one of my LGS's and they had some in stock. I figured hand selection was the best option. Got an excellent rifle for a fair price. All numbers matching including the stock. Except for the gas tube itself which is of a different serial. The gun is overall in good shape a some bluing wear worse in some places like around the muzzle. The stock has some dings but, no cracks. There is an interesting amount of bluing wear on top of the topcover that I uploaded a picture of. Im sure someone with copious amounts of knowledge could tell me. It is funny because this rifle is in better shape than some of the commercial chicoms that someone beat to hell and trys to sell for 425 at fun shows. The sling bracket is underneath the buttstock. No cleaning kit but has rod and blade bayo.
Next part. While I was at the store I had the opportunity to inspect multiple other rifles. Most interesting thing I saw was a definite Yugo stock with Chicom parts. The stock didn't fit the forward barrel bracket as well as the stock being the distinct yellow/tan of the Yugo sks's. I really think this came from the same area that those Type 53 Mosin Nagants came from. The stocks of both my Type 53 and Type 56 both had the same ashy grey that was actually just dirt.
Very happy with my purchase. Enjoy!
Type 56 and 53
weird topcover fading.