Dating in yugoslavia
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.These are ALL from my personal observations and not from any books.
Albanian SKS's were manufactured from 1967 to 1979 No SKS's with the years 1972 - 1975 have been documented as of yet.Both these rifles exhibit late production techniques including stamped trigger guards, pinned barrels and spike bayonets to mention a few. Most of these were destroyed after the Berlin Wall came down.If the above mentioned dating scheme of the factory 26 rifles were applied to these two SKS's they would be from the year 1957!! This model is called the 'Karabiner-S' or K-S for short. The model designation is Type 63 Carbine and were produced in state arsenals.In my opinion, I agree with some of the new dating scheme but I'm not in total agreement with it. The latest s/n for factory 26 rifles that I have seen was 24000000 (24 million) series which would be 1980.This scheme seems to only apply to those rifles made at the Arsenal. I'm not completely sure it works because of the development of new manufacturing procedures seem to dictate a better approximate age. Yes, like I say "Anything is possible with the SKS".