Albanian SKS...I found a Unicorn

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by SWAGA, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Now this is from somebody who hasn't even had a chance to shoot his last three purchases.......:rolleyes:
    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 [​IMG] 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.
    [​IMG]
    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 :D
    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?
     
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  2. panoz77

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    They typically sell in the $400-450 range with pristine ones going for more. Asking prices are one thing, but selling prices are another. $300 would be a great deal for an Alby, that stock isn't in bad shape.
     

  3. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

  4. panoz77

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    Look at the "asking" prices, vs. what has sold ;)

    I see a $415, $355 and a hole sheetload of goose-eggs :D
     
  5. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    A'right how low do I need to go?
     
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  6. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

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    Really? Because when I spoke to them you were referred to as "The guy with flames on his car".
     
  7. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    That could be true.....maybe

    [​IMG]

    Don't make me delete that post Cic, I like my anonymity .....;)
    Unrelated but that guy got his @ss fired....
    Now back to my future ex Albanian....
     
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  8. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    Trade and Sale Bait is quite rare at an LGS...

    Move On, Swagzy... (another Liberal Organization :D)
     

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  9. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    There's a gun shop a couple of miles away that deals in collectibles and semi collectables.
    Last time I was there he showed me a GI bring back K98 that he was taking offers on.
    No asking price, just offers.
    He also has AK's and all that good stuff in his 'regular' racks.
    I might get his collectors heart beating a little faster with the 'Albanian' ....or maybe not.
    That's why I'm asking you guys...but so far you're not helping very much :D
     
  10. RedRaptor22

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    My friend used to deer hunt with and old SKS, used to rag him so bad about that gun. Called it his "sometimes kinda shoots" gun. The thing has been in every gunsmith shop around and has never worked right lol.

    Think it was one of the chinese ones.
     
  11. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    But sometimes the correct answer is NO :p
    I have another gunny contact in NV, I'll run it by him.
    His opinion outweighs mine by a good margin.

    BRB!!!
     
  12. RedRaptor22

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    If you're into aks and collectibles and stuff check out my friend's facebook at ferrerra firearms in baton rouge, they stock all sorts of odd stuff old and new, take trades and do consignment sales on really special items.

    Best new prices you're going to find, and every .22 co,es with a free brick of ammo lol.
     
  13. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    My buddy in NV seems to think you will do fine if you can get it for $300 Swaga... He's pretty up on the SKS prices and such. Armslist in his area, he seems to think you would make that $500 sale price.
     
  14. panoz77

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    Well then your friend must be a moron, because they are about one of the easiest rifles to maintain. His firing pin was probably screwed up from a popped primer at some point, about $10 and 5 minutes to fix. Or he could have had the recoil spring installed backwards (very common) and sometimes causes cycling problems. Anyhoo, people like your friend are how the rest of us can still buy the occasional "non-working" SKS for $150 for that POS :D
     
  15. panoz77

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    Anything under $400 and you are probably not going to loose money, but condition is a factor. Try to get as close to $300 as you can, then counter $25 up until he takes it. Start low, maybe offer $325 OTD cash.
     
  16. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Long as the gas system is not rusted up not much to go wrong...
     
  17. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    I'm thinking starting at $250 as too-fiddy has a certain ring to it......:D
    And they know I'm a cheap skate and they know for sure I'll come back for something else.
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. panoz77

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    Start as low as you are comfortable, you can always go up but can't go back down.
     
  19. Moestooge

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    It's a tough call, Swaga. I suspect the "collector" market is hurting these days. People want to buy guns they can shoot without losing the collector premium.
     
  20. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    Apparently all the gunsmiths in town were morons too?....