Most of the examples seen in the U. The model designation is Type 63 Carbine and were produced in state arsenals. Not sure on how to tell the year of these weapons as no definitive pattern has been observed. The only difference between these two North Korean SKS's is the second digit which may be related to the year or the arsenal, not sure which. The Arsenal is usually marked on the top of the receiver cover and all the pictures I have seen have the same stamping. That is why I am led to believe the first 2 digits have something to do with the year.
This is by far the most commonly asked question. We have a very good reason for doing this and have proof to back it up. Early to mid First observation of the stock side sling swivel. These guns could theoretically be lumped with the letters, and could have been a very light Type 56 year.
Depending on the rifle's nation of origin, you can usually determine its manufacturing date from the serial number or a separate date stamp. Inspect the rifle for any Cyrillic or Asian language characters that could help you determine its country of origin. Some rifles have no identifying characters, but Russian, Chinese and Korean rifles may. Look at an Albanian rifle's serial number.
The importers were offered large amounts of spare parts, which they were not interested in tying up there money for. The bulk of all Chinese guns that came in were most likely rebuilt. The parts were then used to build complete guns They did not bother to mark them as Military contract guns were and just gave them what was needed for importation.