In a plug to get a Sub-Category going on the Forum (hint!), I've resurrected a quote from Lafayettgregory from a thread in May, 2009.
With help from the likes of Beachbum, AKBLUE, YooperJ, JimmyC, etc., LG compiled a fairly comprehensive list of Collectibles, Rare and Variant SKS's. It's one of the best references that I know to gauge where your particular gun might fit into the mix of SKS history.
Sure, there may be some discrepancies as to where a particular model might fit in the order listed, but that's not the point. It is more to present that a list exists, and some interest follows from members to "fill out" their collections with the aid of this informative registry.
And who knows? We might even find that some models are not on the list already. The Clayco comes to mind in the Commercial Variant category... So, let's see how much interest there is in in starting a Collectible/Rare/Variant/Bringback sub-forum, and maybe even show off a few of your gems in the meanwhile.
The Collectable SKS available in US
1949 Russian 90% gas port hardwood stock all matching
1949 Russian all others
Stamped receiver Chinese SKS
Chinese/ANY documented Papered Bringback SKS, war trophy
Yugo 59/66A1 New non issue
No date Romanian
1955 No date/ no star
Albanian No date
Albanian All other dates
Chinese public security
1950 Russian Italic stampings
Yugo M59 matching
1953 Izhevsk Non issued non-refurbished
1954 Izhevsk Non Issued non-refurbished
Sino Soviet SKS 1956 Matching
Yugo M59/66 stock with brass selector plate
1952/53/54/55 Russian Tula
All other Refurbed laminate Russians
Chinese T26 late 1970's early 80's with "French Tickler" handguard
Non Matching Sino-Soviet
Chinese contract DP's, DB's
All other Romanians
Unmolested 18in barrel Chinese SKS
All Long collar Chinese
All short collar Chinese SKS
All other Chinese Pinned Barrel SKS
Collectable commercial SKS variants
Farmers Friend including G3 mount and type 84 scope, with box and instructions.
Midwest arms Conversion folding stock combat arms D
Chinese precision degree rifle with documentation
Chinese Type 84 SKS with matching numbered mags
Polytec Hunter all original with riveted 5 rd mag
Chinese Type "M" model 63, open front sight
Chinese Type "M" MC-5D
Chinese Type D with standard stock and attached spike bayonet
Navy Arms sniper with type 86 scope and G3 mount mid receiver base
Navy arms Sharpshooter with rear receiver base and scope.
Chinese Honor guard with all paperwork and documentation.
K sport Green
K sport Black
K sport Gray
Cowboy companion with matching scope and mount
16Para with bayonet
16 Para neutered and/or unmatched Cowboy companion
Chinese type M Thumbhole stock
Chinese Type M Monte Carlo stock
Not available in USA:
Type 63 detachable
Type 63 non-detachable
Also, Mods and Members, looking for your input as to whether or not a sub-category may be necessary. Opinions, votes yeah or nay, commentary, analysis, or just plain talk - all views are welcome on the matter.