So today I picked up an SKS from one of my local LGS. I'm not too knowledgeable about them, admittedly, but upon research once I got home, this rifle seems to be part of the "unknown." All research I've done in the past few hours shows that all SKS' made have a serial number along with a manufacturer, or a factory they were made in (signified by a shape and a number usually), etc.. This rifle only has a five-digit serial number. The LGS said it was a Norinco, but everything I've found has shown that is not possible. As I've said the ONLY markings on the rifle are the 5-digit serial numbers in the places listed below.
Here's what I know about the rifle I now own:
-Serial number is low. It's five numbers only, with the first two being zeros, so it is one of the first thousand.
-Serial number is located on the left side of the stock, perpendicular to the barrel. It is also on the back of the receiver, on the left side towards the rear of the receiver, on the top of the bolt, on the bottom of the magazine (attached, not a detachable type), and on the bottom of the trigger guard.
-The bayonet is the spiked type, not a blade, and it is a quick release type
-Rear sight release is of the early type, as seen below:
-Rear sight leaf has the "3" at the bottom, as seen below:
-Trigger group is milled, indicating an early-mid production.
-Wood stock has the sling swivel on the bottom, and then the front part of the sling mounts at the end where the gas tube and barrel meet.
Any thoughts or ideas?
To those who respond, if you have any links to info you find that specifically shows instances where guns like this have been identified, that'd be appreciated.