Today started off like most others, I had to work. But only a half day. And after that I had plans to check out a new gun shop I'd heard of about 30 miles from here. I got to the shop to find copious amounts of weapons ranging from regular hunting rifles to a couple fully automatic (according to hearsay from a customer) military weapons and some select hand guns. They were close to 40 pieces short on handguns thanks to some nitwit that broke in last weekend. He was caught and the guns recovered but are now evidence. Anyhow I looked at several MN's and a few AK and SKS's. Most were average to normal and none (save for some WASRs) were what I'd consider VG condition. His prices were very steep I thought but he did say to make a reasonable offer on anything in sight. Running short on time I moved onto another shop 45 miles from there. I went into the gun section of the next store and saw two SKS's. I asked to see one and it was a Yugo in VG condition. But I didn't get the warm and fuzzies. I asked to see the second one trying not to make it obvious I might be wasting the clerks time. I checked the barrel, looks very good. Very little to no rust on the action. Then it hit me. The numbers matched! The butt, receiver, magazine cover, action, and barrel. I was warm and fuzzy instantly, almost as if I'd peed myself, lol. Plus, it was on sale. Now here is where I'm still shaking my head. The MSRP listed was $249.95 and the sale tag read $199.99. It took about 5 minutes to make up my mind and do the paperwork. At the cash register the fellow tells me $84.75. Huh? He looks at me and says this one is marked "Additional Discount" and some code. I whipped the debit card out in record time and left before anyone could change their mind. I desperately wanted to go back and see if the other one was marked that way as well but was afraid to push my luck. My smile was so big on the way home the wife had to ride in the back seat and I needed both windows open so my smile fit more comfortably. It does have a bunch of cosmo on it that needs to be cleaned. I wonder if the metal would be easier to clean if I removed the wood and used an automotive part cleaner? Would anyone here recommend that or not? The wood appears to be very nice but it is finished in what I think is plain varnish. I think I will strip that down and refinish it in some kind of Min Wax. I took some photos with my crappy cell phone and will try to post them here shortly. I was in a hurry to post this info so figured I'd wait. Hopefully that Gunny dude doesn't come down on me for not posting the porn first! I must credit Neo for this purchase. I'd never really wanted an SKS before seeing his. After seeing it I decided to read up on them and instantly became interested in one of my own. Thanks Neo, I owe you a cyber beverage!