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djy

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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.

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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
Caliber: 7.62x39

image and text from wikipedia:

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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.

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Based on photos, what can you tell me about this rifle?  Is it refurbished?

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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2009, 08:07:06 PM »
Cant tell you a darn thing about your rifle, other then its looks nice and shiney.
Just make sure you get all the schmootz out of the gas chamber and the firing pin area.
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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2009, 09:06:23 PM »
REally nice. welcome to the boards! someone more knowledgable than me can fill you in on your "baby". WELCOME

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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2009, 09:56:47 PM »
You have a very nice rifle!

Looks a lot like mine, but here in Canada there's no import marks/numbers. "russian sks 7.62x39 etc... "



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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2009, 10:57:16 PM »
She's a beauty , and Welcome to the boards . Now that's a good intro post from a newby . Pics [ lots of clear ones ] and a little bit of history on the Tula . Again welcome

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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2009, 11:08:38 PM »
Welcome and I think you have a winner.  Very nice find.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2009, 11:10:40 PM »
Wow pics and a history lesson. awesome score congrats
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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2009, 11:30:01 PM »
Nice first post.   Welcome aboard.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2009, 11:38:27 PM »
MHO KBI imported some of the nicest looking Russian SKS.

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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2009, 07:39:58 AM »
Good read, great pics and a great find! Congradulations! Welcome to the forums!
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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2009, 09:17:51 AM »
Nice looking Tula SKS.  Looks like great condition.  Good pic spread too :lol:
Be careful with that stock in the oven.  The Chinese and Russian stocks have a shellac finish.  Shellac does not take kindly to excessive heat and will bubble and make a mess of your finish. 

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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2009, 09:19:14 AM »
Lots of good information and one of the first new guys to not only put a pic up of their rifle but some in depth pics. Welcome to the boards.
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Re: This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2009, 10:55:23 AM »
That is a very nice looking rifle!!!!

I'm jealous!!  :cry:

does not look refurbished at all!

no refurb marks, all original markings and inspection stamps on the stock, did you clean or take off black paint on the bayonet? , because that is the brightest I've everseen (also saying it was not refurbish)

But I'm no expert, I hope others will chime in and confirm!

if you don't mind me asking (how much)?

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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2009, 12:28:15 PM »
It was not cheap, but too rare to pass up.  $500.  I suspect the owner before me, payed $100 for the entire crate.  The bayo came that way, with a little black at the tang.  Sitting next to this one was a 1954 tula with better wood and a gold bayo, supposedly from the same crate.  I've got 100 rounds of black wolf waiting to go on strippers and friday is a paid holiday but I cannot shoot with this sunburn.


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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2009, 01:38:50 PM »
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...

Oh man, Vietcong...

I downloaded the PC multiplayer demo years ago (it had only one map) and played it for hours and hours. Never bought the full game, but the free demo was fun as hell to play. I knew every nook & cranny of that map.

Ha, here it is: