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chinese small arms thread

This is a discussion on chinese small arms thread within the Army forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by Gomer Pyle Does anybody have any info on the early Chinese SKS rifles made at the Jianshe ...

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    Re: chinese small arms thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Gomer Pyle View Post
    Does anybody have any info on the early Chinese SKS rifles made at the Jianshe Arsenal? Also there was a SKS variant with a shortened barrel that was exported from China during the 80's these went under the name of the Cowboy's Companion and Paratrooper models these were never military issue models just export gimmicks to get more sales! I basically am looking for info into where these were modified how many were made and any other history on them. The early chinese SKSs' are very nice examples of the SKS design!
    Well... I found a link, I think the Chinese called their SKS - Type 56 too.

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    Re: chinese small arms thread

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Well... I found a link, I think the Chinese called their SKS - Type 56 too.
    Thanks! But thats not exactly what I'm looking for, that is a general history of the SKS.
    I am a collector and looking for more info on a specific maker and model.
    Jianshe arsenal is the producer, the Paratrooper and Cowboy's companion are the variants!
    I'm in the USA and there is only so much info available about these models, I was hoping somebody in China might have more info on them.
    Basically importers modified SKS rifles to increase sales, they shortened the barrel to 16.5 inches and packaged them with different accesories. These were called the Paratrooper it had the bayonet then there was the Cowboy's Companion it did not have the bayo lug the third model offered was something like the Snipers friend I can't remember but it came with a scope and bipod. These were made for the civilian market and were never issued to any troops. They were imported by Trident and Norinco and made from surplus rifles as well as spare parts assembled by the importers.
    I'm looking for more history on where these were modified and assembled not general history on the SKS but thanks for trying to help it's appreciated!

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