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The Collector’s Guide to the SKS by Layman

(3 customer reviews)


The Collector’s Guide to the SKS by George Layman  in cooperation with Adrian Van Dyk

Over 4 million semiautomatic SKS carbines have been imported into the United States, so this is now our most common surplus rifle. Packed with new information from recently declassified intelligence sources, we have also included a huge serial number and factory code database.

All the countries that made and used it during the Cold War are covered: Albania • Bulgaria • China • Czechoslovakia • East Germany • Egypt • Hungary • North Korea • North Vietnam •  Poland • Romania  • The USSR • Yugoslavia and more!

The publication of this book is going to change SKS collecting forever!


  • Softcover
  • 8.5″ x 11″
  • 264 pages
  • 800+ color photos

3 reviews for The Collector’s Guide to the SKS by Layman

  1. Pavel Glachev

    An excellent, one of a kind book with so much previously unknown information of cold war time. Almost like a book on guns and spy novel under one cover, and with beautiful breath taking photos!

  2. ROGER ALLEN FINZEL (verified owner)

    George Layman has provided his depth and knowledge about the communist and cold war era to the SKS as he did in his prior book on “Communist Bloc Handguns”. With his unique 21 years as an intelligence officer and numerous comunist bloc sources he provides the broadest information on SKS makers and users. After writing over 17 books and articles he writes with precision, clarity and conciseness . This is a book not only for your bookshelf but for your reading lamp. It will serve as the basis for future dicussion, additions and constructive input. Adrian Van Dyks SKS collection provides a better than musuem quality opportunity to view over 800 photos with precise up close details. Thank you for sharing. We are grateful for George Layman sharing his lifetime of experience and knowledge. This book with its interesting and informative focus could only have been written by him and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude.

  3. Yugoslav Military History

    Excellent book that maybe finally the best book about the SKS. I wish they would have made a hardcover copy though. But overall a 5 out of 5.

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