This SKS rifle Caliber 7.62x39 is one of the rarest of all SKS’s. A limited number of these rare rifles were produced by the country of Albania. These Albanian SKS’s have features not found on other SKS rifles: AK style bolt carrier handle, elongated 10 round magazine, AK style gas tube, longer stock and unique butt plate. The Albanians did on and off production of these rifles starting in the late 1960’s and ending in 1979. Total production estimates run around 15,000. At the end of the 1990’s Balkan War and with the disarmament period that followed the United Nations attempted to destroy all Albanian SKS’s. The Albanian’s held back 6,000 rifles from UN destruction and sold them to American importers. This 1978 dated Albanian SKS appears to be all original. It has all stamped matching serial numbers on receiver cover, trigger guard, magazine, receiver, bolt, bolt carrier, extractor(EP), gas tube(EP) and stock. Bore is bright with sharp lands. Metal blue is in over all good condition. Stock has the usual storage and handling marks found on Albanian SKS”s.There is a small wood crack near the receiver cover latch probably caused by tapping the latch.It should have no effect on shooting the rifle.These rifles have been through one Albanian revolution, the Balkan War and were most likely issued to irregular Albanian forces at some point in time. This is a rare SKS that will increase in value over time. Can be purchased on a Curio & Relic ffl. Credit card buyers please e-mail for card details before purchase. Three day non firing inspection period. Shipping costs are nonrefundable. Buyer pays return shipping. Many additional photos on request.