Interesting that the S/N on this one falls within the tail end of those CAI Sino-Banians in Howie Bearse's Sino-banian S/N thread
. (not that this one has anything to do with that import at all.) I had always assumed that Chinese rifles went in blocks as aid based on what we've seen of middle eastern issued guns as well as recent Balkan CAI and IO guns not having overlapping S/N's.
Makes me wonder what the criteria was for the guns the Chinese decided to give away as aid. Did they continually ship out old guns and keep the newly produced weapons for domestic use? Did they consider pre '66 SKSs (when they first made many of their heavy design changes) as expendable and were more likely to send those out? Are there truly 1, 4, 5, and 15-22 million S/Ns with /26\ markings and correct era features in existence? I know we'll never know for certain, but it seems like the more you uncover about these, the more questions arise!
Nice gun Dice, thanks for sharing!