marked 1954 this SKS was manufactured by Tula in Russia during the Communist invasion and conquest of Europe during the decade following WWII. rifle is minty--still has cosmoline in the nooks and crannies. all matching serial numbers and original markings present. a collector dream find now that the obama/trump russian gun ban has made these beautiful machines illegal to import for civilians... armslist doesnt even offer a category for Tula or KBI anymore lol. rare as rare gets, there are only a handful of these available for sale in the country.