Went up to the Indy 1500 today. Mild crowd and an unusual number of interesting SKS's including Chinese, Yugo's (M59 & M59/66), Romanians, Albanians, and Russians to be ogled. Almost came home with two trophies but decided to limit myself to just this one, a 1954 Tula that is 100% matching and with the exception of some finish wear on the stock & butt plate, appears to be in as-issued condition. I'm hoping you guys can help me confirm that.
My gunhauler loaded with my new girl and 1K rounds of Golden Tiger in the backpack:
The gun is in pretty good condition, all things considered. Metal/bluing is 95%+ and the stock appears to be original finish, and although it has a few scratches & modest finish loss, is quite beautiful with no major dings or damage. The rifle is super clean inside and out with very little evidence that it has been fired much at all. I ended up paying $300 for it which seems reasonable to me.
-- 1954 Tula w/serial # KA46
-- imported by KBI, Inc.
-- receiver, receiver cover, bolt carrier, bolt, magazine, trigger group, & stock all stamped matching
-- gas tube, gas piston, rear sight leaf, butt plate, & extractor electropencil matching
-- blade bayo w/staked screw, sling (not sure if this is original), cleaning rod, & cleaning kit w/brass jag
-- no re-arsenal or refurb marks
Here's a few pictures.
So martin, I left the Alby behind, but I think I got the better deal for the day, eh?