I’ve wanted an SKS for a while and stupidly never bought one of the cheaper imports over the last few years. A couple days ago I stopped by a LGS and found one but the price was too high for me. After sleeping on it, and realizing that in today’s gun economy and with future imports uncertain, maybe the price wasn’t too bad. I went back today and found that part of the reason for the price was that this wasn’t one of the recent imports, but instead was a Vietnam war bring back that was on consignment. I negotiated a slightly lower price (probably because I bought a Kimber K6S at the same time) and walked out with the rifle, an old photo of a bunker, and a phone number for the guy who brought it home.
I called him and had a wonderful conversation with an Army veteran who told me how he acquired the rifle. He was thrilled to find out that I am also a veteran and gun lover and I promised him that the rifle was going to a loving home and would be passed down to my son. We agreed to meet for coffee sometime and I told him that if he ever wanted to shoot the gun he can call me.
It’s strange how these inanimate objects can unite and divide us all at the same time. There are many gun owners who are total assholes, but I find the gun community as a whole to be some of the greatest, most genuine people in the world. I’m proud to be a part of this community.
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Very cool post and great story! Thanks for posting.
Ask him if he has any bringback paperwork.
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[WOODERSON]It'd be cooler if he didn't.[/WOODERSON]This message has been edited. Last edited by: Il Cattivo,
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But it'd be more valuable if he did.
Otherwise, to a collector down the road, it's just another used Chinese SKS with a possible but unverified backstory, and would be valued alongside the other slew of well-used Chinese SKSs out there. Collectors live by "Buy the gun, not the story", and the story's only believable if it's documented.
(And I think you're confusing Matthew McConaughey as Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused" with Sean Penn as Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". )
Yes he has the paperwork. I’m not in a hurry to get it but I’ll pick it up eventually.
And yeah, buy the gun and not the story. When I asked to see the gun again the guy in the shop said “There’s a cool story that goes along with that”, to which I replied “I don’t pay for cool stories”.
The resale value is of little concern to me though as I don’t sell guns. I was just sharing a cool story that happened to come along with a gun.
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But your heir(s) might thank you down the road, if they can sell that SKS for $5000 instead of $500, thanks to the bringback papers that accompany it.
A guy I will describe as an acquaintance had a VN bring back SKS. He let me shoot it a few times.
Then he got drunk and used the SKS to shoot at a police helicopter. From his own backyard.
Long prison sentence afterward and his SKS was confiscated.
Theres a cool SKS story!
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I assume it is a factory /26\ gun?
What year was it made?
I have heard a lot of stories about bring backs, without papers, it is just a story to collectors.
I have a lot of SKS's, even one with no import marks, and a story, even has a chunk of shrapnel embedded in the stock.
Worth very little over any other Chinese SKS.
Some dealers/shops even chopped stocks down on guns with no import marks, to call them "Duffel Bag" bring backs.
Even if you don't need the papers, good to have to add the value to your insurance, if you insure your guns.
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Nice, I respect that you choose not to share the story.
Congrats, Looks great.
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