i have a genuine VN bringback from my father who served 68-69 in an Air Rifle Platoon of the 11th Armored. as he says, "the fellow i got it from was obviously done with it." he had gone through all the proper channels for paperwork so its all good....probably aint with a 1/10th of what it means to me.
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A lot of younger collectors seem to feel the need for papers on bring backs. I'm not dismissing their importance, but there were A LOT of SKSs brought back from Vietnam. I lived on Long Island in the early 70s, and they were very common in gun stores. I remember seeing many of them priced from $50-$100, condition ranging from beat to new in cosmoline. The vets would trade them in for something they could use. In those days, the only 7.63X39 ammo available was Norma, and it was almost a buck per round in 1972! Add in the fact that Vietnam was a very unpopular war. I never saw any bringback papers. I owned several before the influx of Chinese imports. I would wager there are a lot more "unpapered" bringbacks around than unmarked imports. Just my .02.
It was my understanding that Vietnam bringback had spike bayonets.
Is this not correct? When did the blade models come in?
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What is the stock cut out for a spike bayonet and also the stock cut out for a blade bayonet?
The reason I ask is I see lot of older SKS that are more than likely unpapered bring back with out papers.
Was there a reason why the bayonets would have been removed before these rifles came in to the county.?
I know about the imported late SKS with no bayonets/ bayonet lugs removed.
Last edited by capt ron; 04-03-2012 at 02:39 PM.
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I agree 100% with you Richard..from this distance it smells of vietnam..the patina is correct..really of a combination of rust , war, wear and monsoons,,coupled with the poor cleaning habits of the nva and the even worse maintainence performed by the vc, everything rotted and tarnished quickly especially without oil, solvents and the constant disassembly and re assembly of your rifle
in regards to bayonets on Chinese guns in Vietnam. When I was there 65 66 with First Air Cav we captured lots of sks carbines all with blades. Factory 26 guns and East German and NVA were the ones I saw on display. I myself saw spike bayonets before I went home in may 66 they were new guns . Point of fact the blade bayonet was only factory installed on triangle 26 guns these are all Russian supplied they ran out around 9 million but no other factory had them.