After wasting countless hours mopping up with a ppsh-1, nagant, and sks in a video game called Vietcong developed by Pterodon and 2K Czech, I wanted a real sks or nagant but figured all the keepers had been snatched up by now. While hunting for 9mm ammo at a nearby shop, I found a 1951 tula russian sks. The shop got it from a man in cape cod who bought a crate 30 years ago. I have no idea where it was for the remaining 28 years. They claimed it has never been fired. The bore looks good. The birch stock smells like burnt firewood. I slow cooked all the grease out at 150 F in my oven for 8 hours, wiping every hour, and refinished it with old english. I also polished the non-blued parts with flitz and a dremel. All the serial numbers match and are stamped on all flat parts. Below the dust cover on the wood there are two square stamps similar to refurb marks, but without the typical hatch inside the square [ / ]. I ordered a new firing pin with a spring. It is my understanding after 1950 the design did not call for a spring and without a spring, there is a chance the firing pin sticks open and can uncontrollably vomit the entire clip in one trigger pull. Sounds very cool but I do not want to find out what happens if a round goes off with the bolt open. I went to Colorado for the weekend and got a terrible sunburn. Apparently the sun is a lot hotter at 6,000+ feet. I will have to wait a week and let the blisters heal on my shoulders, before bringing my new toy to the range.
### SPECS ###
Weight: 8.8 lbs
Length: 40.16 in
Length of Barrel: 20.34 in
Operation Type: Gas Operated Semiautomatic Tilting Block
Magazine Capacity: 10
Magazine Type: Fixed
image and text from wikipedia:
Tula Arms Plant (or Tulsky Oruzheiny Zavod) is a Russian weapons manufacturer founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia in 1712 in Tula, Russia as Tula Arsenal. Throughout history, it has produced weapons for whoever controlled the Russian state. Its name changed from Tula Arsenal to Tula Arms Plant during the Soviet era.
Tula was strategically important to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Significant ore deposits were situated relatively close to it and it had access to ample transportation routes like the Upa River and many rail lines coming into and out of the city.
During World War II, the German army invaded Russia as part of Operation Barbarossa. By December 5, the German 2nd Panzer Division had advanced to within a few kilometers of Tula, forcing the Soviets to abandon Tula Arms Plant. As a result, far fewer weapons were produced there than at other Soviet factories such as Izhevsk Mechanical Works. Consequently, Tula weapons of World War II are considered more valuable by collectors. During the Soviet era, Tula Arms Plant produced many military rifles, including the Mosin-Nagant, AK-47, SKS, and TOZ rifle series, though it is most known for the VSS Vintorez. It also was a major producer of the M1895 revolver.
**************Based on photos, what can you tell me about this rifle? Is it refurbished?