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If someone else knows more about these I will post it, so let me know.This is another one that little is known about as far as the dating goes but it seems that the first 2 digits of the s/n signify the date. Again, as far as date of manufacture goes and judging by the characteristics of the rifles I would estimate the early to mid 60's as the time frame.1967- 980 1968- 570 1969- 2800 1970- 2980 1971- 2620 1976- 160 1977- 660 1978- 4960 1979- 800 Undated- 420 Current opinion is that the undated models MAY be rifles produced in either 1975 or 1980, but this has yet to be proven. For unknown reasons the Albanians destroyed or gave away nearly two thirds of them and it is believed that only 5700 are left in the world today.There have been reports that US Government led efforts "encouraged" the Albanian government to collect and destroy over 130,000 Albanian small arms (their SKS included) during the mid to late 1990's.The only dates that have been verified were from 1957, 1958, 1959 & 1960. In the mid 50's Russia started marking the guns on the left side of the receiver with a small star designating the manufacture at the Tula arsenal. When was the no date stamped Tula receiver cover gun manufactured?There are reports of Romanian SKS's without the year stamped on them. The Russian SKS's were in actual production from 1949 to 1956 when the rifle of choice was changed to the AK-47. These are generally considered by many to be the last run in 1956. It would seem logical that it would be either late 1955 or early 1956.It is believed that the M21 marked Chinese guns followed the Star 1 guns into North Viet Nam.These three North Vietnam guns have the same Arsenal marking signifying from left to right 1963 manufacture, 1964 manufactures and 1965 manufacture. They made a newer one that should not be confused with the early ones. We don't know of an accurate way of dating these other than using features.
That is why I am led to believe the first 2 digits have something to do with the year.Both these rifles exhibit late production techniques including stamped trigger guards, pinned barrels and spike bayonets to mention a few. Most of these were destroyed after the Berlin Wall came down.If the above mentioned dating scheme of the factory 26 rifles were applied to these two SKS's they would be from the year 1957!! This model is called the 'Karabiner-S' or K-S for short. The model designation is Type 63 Carbine and were produced in state arsenals.They are more than likely, as in the case of the Albanian's, either prior to 1957 or after 1960 with the latter being the most reasonable. For the most part it is easy to tell where and when the gun in question was made because of the markings and our knowledge of the Russian small weapons. The receiver on these guns are not stamped with the small Tula star so it seems they would have been produced prior to that vintage SKS.The same thing was also found in the Russian SKS's. Two arsenals produced the SKS, Tula which uses the arrow in the star marking along with a plain simple 5 pointed star and Izhevsk, which uses an arrow in a triangle inside a circle as shown in the pictures below. Being that they are stamped with the star but without a date on the receiver cover would suggest they were made later then the 1955 stamped guns.
Note location of serial number in regards to the factory stamping /26\.