Tula Russian SKS 7.62×39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle, Matching Tula Arsenal Marks

SOLD FOR: $807

WOA#: WY240221JM005

Make: Tula Arsenal (Russian)

Model: SKS

Serial Number: CCCP55614

Year of Manufacture: 1954

Caliber: 7.62×39

Action Type:  Semi-Automatic

Markings:  Left side of the receiver marked with Russian Cyrillic “HN743”.  Left side of the wooden buttstock is stamped with “HN743”, a matching serial number.  The rear of the receiver is marked with the “HN743”, top of the bolt, magazine, and trigger guard are all marked with matching serial numbers. Top of the receiver cover is marked with Tula Arsenal star logo with an arrow inside it and the production year “1954r” is stamped below the star. Rear sights marked with numbers “1-10” and “n”.  There are proofs on the stock, receiver, trunnion, and barrel.  The right side of the receiver is marked “SKS 7.62X39 / C.D.I. SWAN. VT. MADE IN RUSSIA CCCP55614”.

Barrel Length: 20.25”.  No threads for muzzle break.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable, hooded post. The rear sight is a “U” tangent notch leaf sight marked from “1 – 10” and “n”.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The arctic birch stock is in Very Good condition. The numbers on the stock match the receiver.  The LOP measures about 12.5”  from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  There are no scratches and compression marks as usually found on C&R imported rifles such as this.  There are no chips or cracks.  The forend has a cutout for the attached spring blade bayonet.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Factory Refurbished

Bore Condition:  The chrome bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates a 10/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are not many handling marks on this rifle. The balance of the finish shows some smudges and scuffs on the receiver as well as minimal finish loss on some of the leading edges. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition as C&R.

Mechanics:  The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  This rifle comes with its attached brown leather sling. Also accompanied by 3 brown leather stripper clip pouches

Our Assessment: The Tula SKS is a variant of the renowned SKS (Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova), a Soviet semi-automatic carbine that holds a significant place in military history. The Tula Arsenal, one of the most famous firearms manufacturers in Russia, produced this particular variant. The SKS was designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov in 1945 and was one of the first firearms to be chambered in the 7.62×39mm cartridge, which later became famous with the introduction of the AK-47.

Production of the SKS at the Tula Arsenal began shortly after World War II. The Tula SKS is distinguished by its excellent build quality and attention to detail, characteristics for which the Tula Arsenal was renowned. The SKS was designed as a shorter, more manageable rifle than the rifles it was intended to replace, featuring a fixed 10-round magazine, a bayonet, and a grenade-launching attachment. It was initially intended for use by Soviet airborne troops and motorized infantry.

Despite being overshadowed by the later and more famous AK-47, the SKS remained in service for many years and was widely exported to various countries. It saw extensive use in numerous conflicts around the world and was appreciated for its robustness and reliability. The Tula SKS, in particular, has seen a burst in popularity lately and has been accompanied by a rise in value. Russian guns will sadly and most likely never be imported again to this country again and are sought after by collectors and shooting enthusiasts for their historical significance and the quality associated with its place of manufacture. The SKS marks an important transitional period in firearms design, bridging the gap between the traditional bolt-action rifles of the early 20th century and the modern assault rifles that would come to dominate the latter half of the century.  This often impersonated but never duplicated, quality, Russian SKS has all matching parts including its stock and will make an excellent item in any Collection.  Just look at these photos.

Tula Russian SKS 7.62x39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle, Matching Tula Arsenal Marks
Tula Russian SKS 7.62×39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle, Matching Tula Arsenal Marks