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Author: Joe Poyer & Steve Kehaya
Publisher: North Cape Publications, Mar 2004
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 1-882391-14-4

A complete analysis of the Communist Bloc's "MI Carbine" during the Cold War years. The first detailed study of this fine, collectible carbine in 15 years. Every part analyzed to tell you how to determine its country of origin & whether or not it is compatible between SKS carbines of other nation's manufacture.

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The first thorough study of this famed Soviet-designed shoulder arm, which, with the AK47, armed hundreds of thousands of "National Liberation Front" fighters from Vietnam to Angola. Manufactured in six countries, total production ran into the tens of millions. Between 1986 and 1995, neuly 1,000,000 Russian, East German, Chinese, North Vietnamese, North Korean and Yugoslav SKS Carbines were imported into the United States. This newest book in the "For Collectors Only" series examines the SKS Carbine on a part-by-part basis so that you will know which parts are original, in which country they were produced and which parts are interchangeable, and which are not. Since the vast majority of SKS Carbines in the U.S. are military surplus, you will learn how to examine and select an SKS Carbine; also complete assembly/disassembly instructions, how to manufacture most parts if you cannot find a commercial source, and ammunition characteristics and ballistic infomation.

The SKS Carbine is now available in a new revised and expanded edition . . .including brand new information regarding the Romanian SKS Carbine!

Kept secret for many years, in 1998 the Romanian Government released the first information on the approximately 450,000 SKS Carbines built at Cugir arsenal in the late 1950s and very early 1960s. The Romanian SKS Carbine had heretofore been unknown in the west, even to intelligence sources.

In 1998, Steve Kehaya, the co-author of The SKS Carbine was meeting with Romanian defense officials when he was told that the SKS carbine had been declassified and was being deleted from their inventory.

Returning to the United States, he organized a letter writing campaign to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms declare the Romanian SKS Carbine a collectors item so that it could be imported into the United States. These very fine and interesting Romanian SKS Carbines are completely described in the 2nd edition of The SKS Carbine. Those parts that are interchangeable with either Russian or Chinese SKS carbines are noted, as are those parts which are unique to the Romanian models. Also included are factory codes and serial number listings by year.

At the same time, an expanded list of factory codes for Chinese SKS carbines was made available to the authors by collector Howard Bearse. That information and more has also been included in the 2nd edition of the SKS Carbine including a revised serial number dating procedure.

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