It explains why they are quickly becoming collectible classics. Two arsenals produced the SKS, Tula which uses the arrow in the star marking along with a plain simple 5 pointed star and Izhevsk, which uses an arrow in a triangle inside a circle as shown in the pictures below. Romania used the entire year stamped after the serial number. So, when were they actually produced? Look at an Albanian rifle's serial number. Romanian SKS's are referred to as a Model
This is not very likely and that's why we can only apply that method of dating to the Factory 26 marked guns.
Finding Your Norinco SKS Production Date
SKS 7. This post was originally published in June and has been updated for quality and relevancy. I'm not completely sure it works because of the development of new manufacturing procedures seem to dictate a better approximate age. The only purpose of this page is to help make the collector aware that differences do occur and about anything could be possible. For the most part it is easy to tell where and when the gun in question was made because of the markings and our knowledge of the Russian small weapons. These early SKS's had no Chinese characters stamped on the receiver and some had no factory 26 symbol.