Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова 1945
(Self-loading Carbine, Simonov's system, 1945)
The Soviet SKS-45 is a wonderful weapon. It was the first production weapon to fire the M43 7.62x39mm cartridge and has seen use throughout the world, by numerous nations and factions.
It was, as the name implies, designed in 1945 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Though it did not arrive in time to see service during the Great Patriotic War, it was adopted by the Red Army in 1949 and production continued at the Tula and Izhevsk arsenals until 1955.
It is a compact, well handling rifle, which, like the U.S. M-14, was eclipsed by the changing needs of the modern battlefield.
Almost concurent to the development of the SKS, came the Kalashnikov AK-47, which fired the same cartridge, was cheaper to build, and had three times the magazine capacity. Thus, like the M-14, the SKS was in frontline service for a very short time, and then relegated to honor guards and rear echelon rolls. However, it was copied and produced in a number of other communist states and continued to see service for many years around the globe with these countries.
These stampings indicate mine was made at the Tula Armory in 1954.
Serial numbers match throughout the rifle. Here again is the Tula 1954 marking along with the rifles serial number.
I bought this one at the very end of the big SKS import bonanza in the 1980's. It may actually have been in the early 90's.
I had owned several Chinese SKS's before, some of which were available back then in new condition for only $70 retail.
Oh, for the good ol' days.
Somehow, or someway, I had sold or traded all my Chinese SKS's (Type 56) and found myself without one, and the supply drying up.
I figured I better spend a bit more for this one, an actual
Russian rifle, and hang on to it. I have.
While the Chinese rifles are a great value, none of them showed the finish quality of the Soviet rifle.
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