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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.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.
The same thing was also found in the Russian SKS's. Two arsenals produced the SKS, Tula which uses the arrow in the star marking along with a plain simple 5 pointed star and Izhevsk, which uses an arrow in a triangle inside a circle as shown in the pictures below. Being that they are stamped with the star but without a date on the receiver cover would suggest they were made later then the 1955 stamped guns.These characters translated to Type 56, the model designation of the Chinese SKS were found on later SKS's. There is much current discussion going on as to the accuracy of this method.These guns were referred to as a Type 56 Carbine by the Chinese. The way you figure this out is by adding the first digit to the year 1956. some are stating that the 1 million series starts in 1958 and moves forward from there, your guess is as good as mine as to which is 100% accurate.These are ALL from my personal observations and not from any books.I will try to explain the dating system for the SKS rifle.