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Russian SKS Rifle 7.62x39 Tula 1953 Matching Serial Numbers w/ Sling & Cleaning Kit (C&R Eligible) 

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Tula Russian SKS 7.62x39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle All Matching Serials

Make: Tula Arsenal (Russian)

Model: SKS

Serial Number: RL008155

Year of Manufacture: 1953

Caliber: 7.62 x 39

Action Type:  Semi-Automatic

Markings:  Top side of reciever, hinge mag, and trigger guard marked with "KT574”.  Left side of the chamber has several proof marks, see pictures for reference. The left side of the buttstock has a matching serial number.  Top of the receiver cover is marked with Tula Arsenal star logo with arrow inside it and the production year “1953?” is stamped below the star.  The rear of the receiver, bottom of the hinge magazine, top of the bolt.  Rear sights marked with numbers “1-10 n”.  Right side of the chamber has several proof marks, see pictures for reference.  The right side of the receiver is marked “SKS 7.62X39 C.D.I. SWAN VT. MADE IN RUSSIA CCCP09613”.  

Barrel Length:  Approximately 20.5”

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

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The arctic birch stocks rate in Fine condition, but are refurbished. The stock matches the receiver.  The bottom of the forend has a cutout for its attached spring blade bayonet.  The LOP measures 12 ?”  from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are no chips or cracks. The rifle comes with its hinged magazine.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  One 10rd original hinged magazine.  Magazine is in excellent condition.  

Type of Finish: Black

Finish Originality: Factory Refurbished

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 99% of its refurbished finish. The markings are clear.  Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent refurbished condition.  

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 a hinged 10 round magazine, cleaning kit and pouch, empty oil can with pouch, original owners manual, original warranty card, and original box. Rifle and original box will be wrapped in bubble wrapped in shipped inside a rifle length shipping box.


Our Assessment: 

Manufactured in 1953 at the esteemed Tula Arms Plant in Russia, this particular Tula SKS represents a captivating chapter in the lineage of semi-automatic rifles. The SKS—Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova—was designed by Sergei Simonov in 1943, and quickly gained recognition for its robustness and reliability. While the design would eventually be overshadowed by the iconic AK-47, the SKS found its own niche and widespread usage, becoming a prized item for collectors and enthusiasts alike. This 1953 model bears the markings and craftsmanship characteristic of Tula-manufactured firearms, offering an additional layer of historical significance.

There's something unique about a Tula SKS, especially one made during the early years of production like the 1953 model. Its craftsmanship showcases the intricate art of Russian gun manufacturing. The semi-automatic, gas-operated rifle comes with a 10-round internal box magazine and is chambered in 7.62×39mm, a versatile cartridge that adds to its allure. The wooden stock and integrated bayonet are a nod to traditional design, while the rifle's chrome-lined barrel reflects a consideration for durability and ease of maintenance. Being a Tula variant, you can expect superior metallurgy and finish, aspects that have made Tula-produced firearms a collector’s favorite.

The 1953 Tula SKS is a collector's dream, offering both historical gravitas and practical functionality. Whether you're a history buff keen on artifacts from the Cold War era or a shooting enthusiast who values well-crafted, reliable firearms, this rifle represents a blend of both worlds. By owning it, you're not only acquiring a functional piece of equipment but also a relic that has stood the test of time, a symbol of an era and a testament to the heights that gunsmithing has reached. 


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Refurbished Russian SKS Rifle 7.62x39 - Tula (1953)

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