Chinese Type 56

The Chinese Type 56 is the most prolific version of the SKS.

Chinese Type 56 manufactured for the US commercial market by Factory 66 with its spike bayonet removed

The Chinese SKS was called the Type 56 and several million were manufactured from the 1950s through the late 1990s.  For several years the SKS was the best selling rifle in the U.S., often out selling all other rifles combined.

The quality of the Chinese SKS was inferior to the Russian SKS.  The metal had many visible tooling marks and the metal finish was dull.  The wood orange in color and not finished to the same high standard as the Russian wood.  Functionality however, remained the same and like all versions of the SKS it is reliable and reasonably accurate.


Version - Chinese Factory 66 Type 56

Caliber - 7.62x39mm.

Receiver - Milled with a chromed Bolt.  Various Markings in Chinese and English

Barrel - Chrome lined with permanently attached folding spike bayonet.

Stock - Wood.

Magazine - 10 rd integral box.

Sights - Notched Ladder and Hooded Post.

Bayonet - 12.0” Integral under-folding spike - The bayonet must be removed, as in this example, if the SKS was imported after 1989.

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