Now this is from somebody who hasn't even had a chance to shoot his last three purchases....... So some inner voice tells me a week is enough and I wander into my favorite pawnshop as they had an SKS for sale when I went in last week to get my little Armalite out of layaway. Ugly beat-up drug through the mud Norinco SKS....asking $259 told them they had a deal if they knocked $100 off and wondered over to their display racks. Now all these guys know me by my first name and they know I like "weird" stuff so they've given up trying to sell me a new gun. I played with another SKS in a synthetic stock and a scope, not my thing. Suddenly I saw something that looked different,asked to see it. Turns out it's an Albanian SKS, didn't check for matching serials or anything but apparently these are rare. http://yooperj.com/SKS-24.htm http://www.ai4fr.com/main/page_militaria__collectibles_other_albanian.html The stock is a little beat up but it looked like it still had cosmoline in the innards. Asking price is $395 and they go for $600 all over Gunbroker and Armslist. Wondering if I should take the plunge for $300 or so and stand the chance to make a little when I sell it. It's time this hobby starts to earn its keep Maybe trade at the next gunshow for an AK47 for me or an AR15 for wifey.... I'm probably going back tomorrow to look at it more carefully. Anything I should really pay attention to with an SKS?