SECTION 24: In this section I will try to show how to figure out what year your SKS was made.The only purpose of this page is to help make the collector aware that differences do occur and about anything could be possible.These are ALL from my personal observations and not from any books.
I would tend to believe these would be either prior to 1967 or after 1979 with the latter being the most reasonable.
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.
This may be why we see limited numbers of them in the world market today.
These early SKS's had no Chinese characters stamped on the receiver and some had no factory 26 symbol.