Home Main Category General Firearms

Holy crap, what happened to SKS prices?!

Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
Why are Norincos selling for 800 bucks with 17 bids on GB?

Replies

  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Cause folks are nuts...
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,842 Senior Member
    People are finally appreciating the master craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece???

     :o 
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,800 Senior Member
    1. Because back in the '90's Bill Clinton (with Joe Biden's help) decided that the Chinese could import ANYTHING BUT firearms and ammo.

    2.  The supply of 1950's European one's ran out (look at what THOSE are going for).

    3.  It's one of the few autoloaders in an intermediate, cheap (relative term) cartridge that isn't mag fed (CA, NY, NJ, etc...)
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,702 Senior Member
    What BigSlug said.  It's called "the law of supply and demand."  

    Why do you hate capitalism and America?
    Overkill is underrated.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,800 Senior Member
    People are finally appreciating the master craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece???

     :o 
    Ummm, actually, kinda, yeah.

    It isn't the greatest execution of the art, but it is an all steel, largely milled rifle that's easily serviced and works.  Not an easy thing to find now.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,842 Senior Member
    edited April 19 #7
    This guy makes some observations/speculations on the popularity that seem as accurate as his excellent marksmanship.


  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,687 Senior Member
    They have moved from being a cheap blaster into being a Cold War collector’s item.

    Especially since most of the ones brought in in the early 90’s got dragged through the TAPCO cesspool.  One in original shape with original stock is pretty rare.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    As per usual, I'm behind the curve. Dadgummit. The SKS and the Garand were the last 2i really wanted. 
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,386 Senior Member
    Still got my # Buffco?
    Call me ASAP
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,471 Senior Member
    you must live on the edge of town...

    SKS prices have been going up for a while now....along with many other things...hint hint..
    The ears never lie.

    - Don Burt
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,355 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Cause folks are nuts...
    Basically. Nearly anything that shoots is going for sky high prices.

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,392 Senior Member
    I had one in 95, a Russian one I paid $125.  Do I wish I'd have kept it?  No, not really.  Would I buy another?  If I had to keep it, no. It was mediocre at best. 
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,602 Senior Member
    edited April 19 #14
    Ha! I paid $125 for my Norinco in the early 90's and it's sitting somewhere back in the safe.
    This is probably the last gun I thought I'd make money on! 😎
    I actually bought 2 and traded one for a Ruger P89DC.
    I probably shoot them both with equal rarity but I'm glad they are in the stable.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    Paul, I just now checked this. I actually don't have yours anymore, after the last couple of phone changes. Holler at me if you still have mine.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Rule #1 for me of collecting surplus guns, is I look at it vs the price and figure out if the labor needed to make it was more than the materials.  All east block guns relied on low labor costs vs materials.  It's the reason I collect them.  The Makarov, SKS, AK, Tokarev, most 9x18 guns, Norinco, all far exceed their original import prices.  I remember picking up a $75 SKS saying to myself, "No way..."  Same with a MN 91/30, or $95 Makarov.
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,687 Senior Member
    I traded a Spyderco police model for my SKS back in ‘91 or so.

    I should have bought a pile of Makarovs back when they were around a hunnert bucks. Oh well.  Live and learn
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,545 Senior Member
    I traded a Spyderco police model for my SKS back in ‘91 or so.

    I should have bought a pile of Makarovs back when they were around a hunnert bucks. Oh well.  Live and learn
    And a pile of Finnish Moisins, and Tokarevs, and AK's and pallets of 7.62X39 and 7.62X25 and 7.62X54

    Of course, I would still be out of ammo ;)
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,033 Senior Member
    In 1992 I had some cash to buy a gun I had a few by then and wanted a new toy.
    I found locally a European SKS, can’t remember, and a wood crate of ammo for 200 just under my budget. Guy said he’s give me 2 crates  for 250. I was going to get it when dad  threw a fit and said I’d have to leave it outside the house, he wouldn’t have that piece of junk in his house. He meant it literally out in the back yard or nothing Ammo too.  So I bought a Remington 870
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    I've owned 2 in my life and sold both at a profit.  I think the first one set me back $65 and the second $125.  Haven't missed either.  I could never find love for them since they just don't fit me so I hated shooting them so on their way they went.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,842 Senior Member
    So no one here is reaching for their bill fold?
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,673 Senior Member
    Commbloc firearms have never done a thing for me...But I do know a guy who used his SKS for a jack handle...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    So no one here is reaching for their bill fold?
    Not me, unless I find one for such a good deal that it makes it attractive trade fodder down the line.
  • AlleyCatAlleyCat Posts: 480 Member
    edited April 26 #24
    Spam in quote text.
    Reported.

  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Member Posts: 700 Senior Member
    I bought my first one a Chinese sks when I was in 8th grade for $75 from Roses department store. They would have crates of them to dig threw. The last one I bought 5-6 years ago, I think I paid $250 I seen a guy at a gun show 2yrs ago selling them depending on model for $500:and up. He said he could sell them as fast as he got them. The Roses department store would have pallets of millsurps. M1 carbines we’re $150-$200, M1 Garands $200-$250, Mosins for $40-$50, bristish smle enfields $60-$75. I sure would of like to of known then that the prices on a lot of these would be where there at now.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Guns & Ammo stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Advertisement