Vietnam bring-back Chinese SKS
My first SKS.
I picked this one up in late 1970 from the guy who brought it back a couple months earlier. He was in the 1st Cavalry (Airmobile) Division.
No capture papers to go with it, unfortunately. He never mentioned any, and I was 13, almost 14, at the time and didn't know or think to ask. Didn't ask the details of how he came to acquire it either..... wish I had.
I've never fired it. Didn't have any ammo for it and couldn't find any for quite a while. A few years later I had picked up a few more of these rifles and some bring-back ammo to go with them, but never did take this one out shooting. Back in the 1970's - early 1980's period, pretty much any ammo you found was stuff that someone brought back from 'Nam. If you were lucky, you could score a half-dozen or so rounds every now and then, a couple times over a several year period I was able to pick up 100 rounds, at $25 per 100 rounds. That was a lot of money back then, more than a day's wages as I recall.
I had a pretty good size collection of Vietnam War relics back then, during the war and for several years after the stuff was everywhere and real cheap, no one had much interest in it, including the guys who were there and brought it back. I still have a few items, this is one of them.