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All the SKS's produced for North Vietnam seem to have the same serial number sequence and range. After the weapon producing factories were bombed most of the weapons were supplied by the Chinese.
China was a huge supplier of SKS's to North Vietnam and many of the GI bring backs are of Chinese origin.
Most of this information is/was gathered from various forums and from my own observations.
I do not guarantee that this is 100% accurate because as we all know, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH THE SKS.
It is believed that the M21 marked Chinese guns followed the Star 1 guns into North Viet Nam.
This gun would be a 1956 vintage which again by the characteristics of the gun would be very, very unlikely. The features that this weapon exhibit align closely to that era; spike bayonet, short barrel collar and milled trigger group to mention a few. The East German SKS used the first 2 numbers to signify the year of production. Dates of manufacturer are not known for sure but it is roughly during the early 60's and more than likely, 1963. The only difference between these two North Korean SKS's is the second digit which may be related to the year or the arsenal, not sure which.
These characters translated to Type 56, the model designation of the Chinese SKS were found on later SKS's. There is much current discussion going on as to the accuracy of this method.
These guns were referred to as a Type 56 Carbine by the Chinese. The way you figure this out is by adding the first digit to the year 1956. some are stating that the 1 million series starts in 1958 and moves forward from there, your guess is as good as mine as to which is 100% accurate.
In my opinion, I agree with some of the new dating scheme but I'm not in total agreement with it. The latest s/n for factory 26 rifles that I have seen was 24000000 (24 million) series which would be 1980.
This scheme seems to only apply to those rifles made at the Arsenal. I'm not completely sure it works because of the development of new manufacturing procedures seem to dictate a better approximate age. Yes, like I say "Anything is possible with the SKS".