I'll begin by noting that the kit I received appears to be unissued. I purchased a similar kit elsewhere a few years ago, and for that one this was not the case. While the style of the contents may vary, they're all functional, maybe for even more than the sks/ak. My kit from KS came with a carry tin, rubber tube that housed one type of brush (maybe for the piston tube) and a smaller (gas port?) one, bore brush (no signs of use), a paintbrush-type brush of a different construction than the site picture, pin punch, multitool, pull-through cord with a weight that looks to be another type of tool, and an unused oil bottle that has a reversible spout for a nozzle. No rust, dirt or grime to be found. The pull-through cord is still wound up as well, though it did not have a steel ring on the opposite end of the weight. This kit has everything you could need for cleaning and takedown purposes. I'm doubtful that one could beat the price and value of this set. Get them while the "getting is good."
The SKS is a Soviet semi-automatic rifle chambered for the round, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Its complete designation, SKS-45, is an acronym for Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945 (Russian: Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова, 1945; Self-loading Carbine of (the) Simonov system, 1945), or SKS 45. In the early 1950’s, the Soviets took the SKS carbine out of front-line service and replaced it with the AK-47; however, the SKS remained in second-line service for decades. It is still used as a ceremonial arm today. The SKS was widely exported, and was also produced by some former Eastern Bloc nations as well as China, where it was designated the “Type 56”, East Germany as the Karabiner S and in North Korea as the “Type 63”. The SKS is currently popular on the civilian surplus market in many countries, including the United States. It was one of the first weapons chambered for the M43 round, which was also used later in the AK-47.
Depends on which one article would you like to have translated – the 450 pages Ian refers to is a (! – one wonders what was in previous three…) of the materials from a scientific historical conference held at St Petersburg Museum in 2014, and there are several individual articles, on fortification, uniforms, guns etc. First of all, the 25 MB dowloads forever – it’s now 15 minutes since I started to suck it in, and there’s still at least 25% left to go… When it downloads I’ll have a look and post the contents list. Perhaps one of our Russian posters could make a translation, or we can delineate some kind of a “gang-bang” job (many translators, each translating 4-5 pages) – but it would still take some time. When we’re finished, each translator would send his/her/its part to Ian for integration and posting. I’m not sure though about the copyright: publishing a translated material without some kind of an agreement with the author would infringe his copyright, wouldn’t it?