The Chinese SKS in 2013

The varieties of Chinese SKS not only follow the market, but rather set the overall market. With so many produced, the volume of the different Chinese SKS simply overwhelms the other types. Additionally, with the standard SKS so common, it's frequent to hear "Norinco" and "SKS" used interchangeably at gun shows (usually in sentences containing "pre-ban").

The paratrooper version, popular for its shortened look even if the style has not real military pedigree, dropped in both high and average sale prices. The SKS-D and SKS-M are far less frequently encountered and still show wild swings month to month, yet both followed an overall downward trend in 2013.

2013 Chinese SKS

2013 Paratrooper SKS

2013 SKS-D

2013 SKS-M


Over the long haul, SKS prices will follow a general upward trend but buyers must be wary of the temporary spikes in the market driven by political events and social trends. The SKS occupies an interesting space between rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47 and traditional bolt action rifles being a transition between the bolt action rifle and the modern sporting rifle. Leaning more toward the modern sporting rifle, the SKS can get caught up in the fashion of the day.

The overall market for the SKS cooled significantly in 2013. This can be attributed to many factors, as the overall firearm market panic of late 2012 and early 2013 calmed down and with volume dropping from the highs early in 2013 it would appear that buyers are a little fatigued and possibly have drained wallets after paying high prices in late 2012 and early 2013.

Previous SKS Market Reports

SKS Market Report, Q3 2013

SKS Market Report, Q2 2013

SKS Market Report, Q1 2013

SKS Market Report, 2012