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Type63 SKS right view
The SKS mfg in N Korea known as the Type63, it's almost identical to the very late Soviet mfg side rail mkd guns, this rifle is an original, all matching & correct Type63, N Korean SKS's can be found w/a gas shutoff for a grenade launcher but this one does not have one. Assuming the Type63 relates to the N Korean year 63 that would date the type adoption date as 1974!, well after the Type58 or AK47 in N Korean service.

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Type63 right w/bayonet extended
It's "assumed" (again) that the Type63 is patterned after the late era Soviet rifles as the N Koreans had extremely close ties to the Soviet Union & this rifle is identical to the Soviet guns as compared to Chinese.

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Type63 right buttstock
Type63 rifles were fitted w/laminate stocks

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Type63 right action view
Compare the pics of the Type63 w/the Soviet 1953 Tula shown further down for comparison.

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Type63 right forend

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Type63 right front band
Standard type (as compared to Soviet)for the blade bayonet model.

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Type63 R gas port
Note, this particular rifle is not equipped for a grenade launcher

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Type63 right muzzle w/bayonet extended

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Type63 right muzzle w/bayonet folded
Slight machining difference in bayonet mount vs the Soviet (below).

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North Korean oiler bottle
Same style as Soviet w/N Korean characters. Note: this is a web photo not mine.

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Type63 left muzzle w/bayonet extended

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Type63 left muzzle w/bayonet folded

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Type63 stock cutout for bayonet

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Type63 Bayonet folded into cutout

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Type63 left forend

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Type63 Rear sight
Another minor difference is the battle sight markings, on the Soviet guns it's a Crylic character similiar to n

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Type63 left action

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Type63 left side markings
Marking are in same location as the Soviet guns but the N Korean has a star in a circle & serial number, no Crylic characters are seen on the rifle.

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Type63 Receiver cover marking
Star in circle (N Korean marking) & 63 w/Korean character (assumed to indicate Type). Again the marking locations are the same as the Soviet as opposed to the Chinese whose covers aren't marked.

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Type63 TriggerGuard

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Type63 mag

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Type63 left buttstock
Showing markings, note the side mounted sling swivel, this is Chinese styla as opposed to the Soviet swivel location which is on the bottom of the buttstock.

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Type63 butt marking detail

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Type63 left side bayonet extended

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Type63 left side bayonet folded
The N Korean Type63 is an extremely rare SKS type to be found in the US & it most likely the few here were all bringbacks from Viet Nam as thee never has been any known imports of this type.

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Comparison of Type63 & Soviet SKS
The following pics show a direct comparison between the Type63 & a Soviet 1953 Tula (mid production).
The major differences are the Type63 uses a laminate stock & a side swivel. Most of the machining is identical w/very minor differences in the take down lever & the bayonet mount.

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T63vs53 Tula right w/bayos extended
The Type63 appears to be based on the Soviet late SKS (the one in the pics is a mid, 1953), the late Soviet guns were marked on the side rail, not on the covers but did use laminate wood starting in late 55-56.

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T63vs53 Tula buttstocks, right side

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T63vs53 Tula Takedown Levers
Minor difference in takedown levers is more of a dfference in the welding connecting the lever to the crosspin.

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T63vs53 Tula right side action view
The North Korean rifle is basically the same pattern but the machining & overall appearance are a bit "cruder" than the Soviet.

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T63vs53 Tula rear sights

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T63vs53 Tula rear sight leafs

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T63vs53 Tula forends

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T63vs53 Tula gas ports
Again, about identical to the Soviet mid/late style gas port

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T63vs53 Tula front sight & bayonet mount
There are very minor differences in the machining of the bayonet mount.

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T63vs53 Tula right side muzzles w/bayos folded

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T63vs53 Tula right bayos extended

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T63vs53 Tula left muzzles w/bayos extended

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T63vs53 Tula left muzzles w/bayos folded
Here you can see the slightly different "cut" on the bayonet mount of the guns.

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T63vs53 Tula left gas ports

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T63vs53 Tula left side forends

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T63vs53 Tula bayonet cutouts

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T63vs53 Tula mags

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T63vs53 Tula triggerguards

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T63vs53 Tula left side, actions

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T63vs53 Tula buttstocks
Again the Soviet (on the bottom) has the sling swivel on the bottom of the stock vs the N Korean which is on the left side, similiar to some (but not all) Chinese SKS's.

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T63vs53 Tula left side buttstocks

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T63vs53 Tula buttplates

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T63vs53 Tula left side

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T63vs53 Tula left w/bayos extended

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