SOLD FOR: $1081
Make: Russian, Tula Arsenal
Serial Number: NK1134
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Action Type: Semi Automatic Fixed Magazine Rifle
Markings: The left side of the receiver, the receiver cover, the bolt carrier, bolt, trigger guard, stock, and the magazine cover are marked with the serial number, which is two cyrillic characters that resemble HK and “1134”. The second serial marking on the buttstock has been obscured. The left side of the buttstock and the receiver cover is marked with the Tula Arsenal arrow in a star stamp and “1951r”. The handguard is marked on the left side with the last four digits of the serial number “1134”. The right side of the barrel is marked “CAT ST ALB VT / SKS7.62 X 39 RUSSIA”. The receiver’s serial number has “NK” stamped under the serial number. The serial number is also hand-scribed on the bottom of the gas tube. There are various proof marks and factory stamps on the rifle.
Barrel Length: Approximately 20 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable, hooded post. The rear sight is a “U” notched sliding escalator marked from “1-10” and “-n-” at the base.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a smooth wood with a pistol grip, through bolt, sling swivel loop, cutout for the included folding bayonet, ventilated handguard, and a sheet steel buttplate with a cleaning kit trapdoor (kit included). There are scattered spots of finish loss throughout the stock. The comb and belly show scattered light nicks. The hand guard shows scattered moderate nicks and scuffs. The LOP measures 12 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows moderate wear around the trapdoor and scuffs at the heel and toe. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its current metal finish. The receiver cover shows a more notable scuff on the top, the barrel and gas tube show very minor scattered nicks. Screws show light tool marks and have strong slots. The original markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a cardboard box and a bag of accessories that includes an oil can, an olive drab sling, and a stripper clip. The box shows moderate wear from handling and storage, and rates in Very Good condition. The sling appears unused, and rates in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This Russian SKS 45 was made back in 1951 at the Tula Arsenal. It has matching part numbers on the metal and a large Tula Arsenal “star” on the receiver cover and buttstock. The bore is immaculate and the rifle should be putting 7.62×39 down range for a long time to come. This is a nice example of a “Cold War” Soviet weapon. These are fun rifles with lots of history behind them. Good luck!