Chinese Type 56

The Chinese SKS carbine was the most prolific version of the SKS.

Chinese Type 56 with Spike Bayonet Removed.

The Chinese SKS was called the Type 56 and manufactured from the 1950s through the late 1990s.  For several years the SKS was the best selling rifle in the U.S., often out selling all other rifles combined.

The quality of the Chinese SKS was inferior to the Russian SKS.  The metal had many visible tooling marks and the metal finish was dull.  The wood redish in color and not finished to the same high standard as the Russian wood.  Functionality however, remained the same and like all versions of the SKS it is reliable and reasonably accurate.

Caliber - 7.62x39mm.

Receiver - Milled with a chromed Bolt.  Cyrillic Markings and a stamp for the Tula (star with arrow) or Izhesvk (triangle with arrow).

Barrel - Chrome lined with permanently attached folding spike bayonet.

Stock - Wood.

Magazine - 10 rd fixed.

Bayonet - Permanently attached folding blade spike bayonet.

The bayonet must be removed, as in this example, if the SKS was imported after 1989.

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