it aint so, russia has been selling their old crap off to fund their new stuff ever since the iron curtain fell and before that they were giving their hand me downs to the smaller provinces of the USSR. there would be no point in melting a reliable source of income down for scrap metal.
the problem is that they aren't making anymore SKS or mosin nagants, haven't for decades. the number that they still have in their possession is dwindling so it is getting harder for importers to keep them coming in.
ignore my complete lack of capitalization. I still have no problem correcting your grammar.
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