Did a nice trade the other day and ended up with a very nice numbers matching Mosin 91/59…and also this: (kind of)
That’s actually someone else’s picture, but pretty much what I acquired with the Mosin.
A horrific Bubba SKS.
Combat exchange folding stock, POS receiver cover (canted) optic mount with a cheap red dot, some ridiculously cheap garbage 30 round magazine, and missing the bayonet of course.
All that Bubba crap on a pretty decent RUSSIAN SKS. Why Bubba Why?
Now, because Bubba absolutely had to have his $30 tactical optic on his rifle, he canned the original dust cover that of course would have had the date and Arsenal stamp on it, so it took quite a bit of research to figure out what year this old girl is. After a few hours of research I was able to finally determine that it is a early 1952 Tula that was refurbished at the Ishevsk arsenal…no idea what year the refurb occured.
So today I cleaned her up, found an unmarked original dust cover, (took me a few hours to properly fit the cover to this rifle…lots of hand filing and test fitting) pulled out a customized original stock I got with a different SKS, replaced the garbage magazine with an original Russian one I had laying around and voila:
I plan to continue the process the best that I can. Find a Russian stock, an original blade bayonet, and hopefully eventually a dust cover with 1952 and the Tula star on the top. I absolutely hate seeing guys do this type of stuff to a classic rifle (sigh) if I could rescue them all, I would