First Half of 2014 SKS Market Report

Table of Contents

  1. The top-end of the SKS Market
  2. Steals & deals in the first half of 2014.
  3. Russian SKS
  4. Albanian SKS
  5. Yugoslavian SKS
  6. Romanian SKS
  7. Chinese SKS
  8. Summary

2014 has seen some interesting action in the SKS Market as some interesting high-end SKS examples have appeared for sale. For instance, in all of 2013, there was a grand total of
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SKS confirmed sales for Vietnam bring-backs and the first half of 2014 there have been
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confirmed sales by the GunStockMarket of SKS claiming to be Vietnam bring-backs. An SKS with documented bring-back papers continues to demand a premium, and even a possibility of "bring-back" status brings in bids. This area of SKS collecting is not showing any signs of slowing down. If 2014 continues at the rate it has been at, it will exceed the numbers posted in 2014.

MonthTitleBidsPriceSource
JanuarySKS Vietnam War Trophy + Provenance and Ammo203904.00Gun Broker
FebruaryChinese Type 56 SKS (1963) poss. Vietnam bringback10296.00Gun Broker
FebruaryVietnam Bring Back SKS Capture Papers War Trophy11250.00Gun Broker
FebruaryNorth Vietnamese SKS - Vietnam War Trophy -7.62x3911500.00Gun Broker
FebruaryChinese sks Rifle vietnam era matching # s16701.00Gun Broker
MarchChinese SKS with Vietnam Capture Papers11000.00Gun Broker
MarchPAIR SKS CHINA CHINESE 7.62X39 Bayonet Type 56 Type 56 SKS 1963 Vietnam Era Military 19564750.00Gun Broker
MarchRare! Papered Vietnam Bringback Romanian SKS11550.00Gun Broker
AprilNorinco SKS Vietnam bring back Rifle non-import1399.95Gun Broker
AprilNorth Vietnamese Made SKS Rifle 7.62x39 Vietnam22375.00Gun Broker
AprilRARE East German Made SKS Rifle Vietnam Bring Back24250.00Gun Broker
MayVietnam War Commemorative SKS 7.62x39 bayonet RARE11500.00Gun Broker
MayVietnam Era Chinese SKS Rifle Non Import1369.00Gun Broker
MaySKS Type 56 CHICOM Vietnam War Souvenir W/Papers Chuck Karwan Bring Back 1 July, 1971 All Original142225.00Gun Broker
MayVIETNAM BRINGBACK CHINESE SKS W/ DOCUMENTATION US AIR FORCE 1ST AIR COMMANDO SQUADRON-AN LOC15771.00Gun Broker
MayVietnam NVA War Trophy CHICOM SKS Rifle & PAPERS1795.00Gun Broker
MayVietnam Bring Back SKS Matching NICE 68 Cambodia1400.00Gun Broker
MayVietnam Bring Back SKS Capture War Trophy 7.62x391575.00Gun Broker
JuneVietnam Bring Back Chi-Com SKS (Type 56) With U.S. Military capture paper work.1799.99Gun Broker
JuneVietnam Era SKS M21 Carbine US Capture Rifle11512.00Gun Broker
JuneVietnam War bring back SKS with capture papers93575.00Gun Broker
JuneCHINESE SKS 7.62x39 VIETNAM BRING BACK REAL DEAL!2449.00Gun Broker

The top-end of the SKS market continues to be strong. In addition to the Vietnam bring-back (where true documented examples with paperwok have consistently commanded high prices), many Russian SKS and examples from other varieties topped the $1,000 mark in the first six months of 2014. While there were appearances by examples of the Tact-i-cool Mall-Ninja style topping the $1K mark, the remainer were collector pieces in the original configuration.

Examples of an East German and NVA SKS showed up in the first half of 2013. The NVA and East German SKS do not grace too many collections, and have consistently brought high prices when they do trade hands.

MonthTitleBidsPriceSource
January1950 Tula Russian SKS 45 7.62x39 SA Rifle 7.62 39271316.00Gun Broker
JanuarySKS Vietnam War Trophy + Provenance and Ammo203904.00Gun Broker
January* SG Works 7.62x39 SKS Bullpup * SCAR, AR15 , AK47 , Tavor , AUG , AR1031392.97Gun Broker
JanuaryRUSSIAN SKS 1954 TULA Semi-Auto Collector Grade21050.00Gun Broker
FebruaryVietnam Bring Back SKS Capture Papers War Trophy11250.00Gun Broker
FebruaryRUSSIAN SKS SEMI AUTO RIFLE-TULA 1953 EXCELLENT-ALL MATCHING-ORIGINAL FINISH301875.00Gun Broker
FebruaryNorth Vietnamese SKS - Vietnam War Trophy -7.62x3911500.00Gun Broker
MarchChinese SKS with Vietnam Capture Papers11000.00Gun Broker
MarchPreban Chinese Norinco Type 56s 7.62x39 AK47 Rifle 1980s Import t 56 T56 + Extras Polytech MAK90 SKS11099.95Gun Broker
March1954 Russian SKS NON REFURB Mint Unissued Unfired Original THE BEST You Can Find! svt ak47201360.00Gun Broker
MarchSKS Russian Unissued NIB371175.00Gun Broker
MarchRare! Papered Vietnam Bringback Romanian SKS11550.00Gun Broker
AprilNorth Vietnamese Made SKS Rifle 7.62x39 Vietnam22375.00Gun Broker
AprilRARE East German Made SKS Rifle Vietnam Bring Back24250.00Gun Broker
AprilRussian SKS Tula 1951 with Box 7.62x39 LNIB311181.00Gun Broker
MayVietnam War Commemorative SKS 7.62x39 bayonet RARE11500.00Gun Broker
May{RARE} 1954 Russian Izhevsk Izhevsk Sks261600.00Gun Broker
MaySKS Type 56 CHICOM Vietnam War Souvenir W/Papers Chuck Karwan Bring Back 1 July, 1971 All Original142225.00Gun Broker
MaySG Works SKS Bullpup - One of a Kind131250.00Gun Broker
JuneRUSSIAN SKS 1953 Izhevsk, As Issued Non Refurb RUSSIAN SKS-45 1953 Izhevsk AS ISSUED NON REFURB51525.50Gun Broker
JuneVietnam War bring back SKS with capture papers93575.00Gun Broker

Volume of sales have remained fairly consistent, but are nowhere near the panic of early 2013. The spread of prices from high to low shows that there was a SKS available at many price points from pure collector pieces to more common, and shootable, SKS. Even with the over-$1K prices for a limited number of SKS, the average price remained in reach of many shooters.

SKS Sales Volume in 2014 by Month

2014 SKS Sale Price Trend

Legend:
Green Line: Average price
Red Line: Highest price
Blue Line: Lowest price

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