View Full Version : AK underfolder Prochine Corp. need help
I thank everyone who has answered my many questions but I am new to AK's I got this AK on a trade and was wondering about it I hear a lot about Poly Legends and norinco. just find out about Clayco but this one says on the reciever Prochine Corp. and also has Sherwood International Export Corp. Northrigde, CA. how does it compare to the others
From what I have read, the quality of construction/finish is in between the quality of Norincos and PolyTechs. So, they are supposedly better quality than the average Norinco but not quite as nice as an average PolyTech.
04-10-2004, 03:33 PM
It is a standard Norinco built AK imported by Sherwood.
There are dozens of small time importers of Chicom AKs.
ALL Chinese AKs are Norinco's, no matter what they have stamped on them otherwise.
04-10-2004, 07:59 PM
yup. prochine was just one of several dozen early chi-com imports...as good as any other chinese ak imported.
all the ak's imported to the u.s. were made in 3 or 4 factories, with 66 and 386 being the most notable. mahn shin and one other (nan or nang hung) also built export ak's.
norinco...china sports...poly technologies...all one in the same, just fronts for the state run comglomerate that whored out for the people's liberation army and its' procurement/production divisions.
Which reminds me, when did importation of chinese AKs start?
Norinco didn't exist as a corporate entity until 1980, and PolyTech didn't exist until 1984.
As far as being the same company...well, produced in the same factories yes, but not the same quality. It's like Toyota and Lexus...same company, but not the same car.
Prochine == Peoples Republic of China.
Which of the two names below listed on the BATF form 6 "Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War" in the boxes on the form marked "exporter" and "manufacturer" would stand a better chance of getting approved for importation into the USA?
Peoples Republic of China Export Corperation
04-15-2004, 11:09 AM
Late 1983 is when the Norinco kalashnicopies started showing up in the US.
Norinco is both a manufacturer and export company. Polytech is/was strictly an export company. They did manufacture, for a very short period of time(less than a year) under the name Polytech Industries, copies of the m-14. Polytech went the way of the dodo bird after a failed attempt in 1994 to smuggle some 2,000 Norinco rifles into the US.
Norinco and polytech were totally seperate companies under two different departments of government.
Today there is NORINCO Group which Norinco is a part of along with a whole slew of other companies. Polytech is missing and presumed dead.
04-17-2004, 10:46 AM
Back in the early 80's anybody that had the money could order up Chicom Kalishnikovs built to whatever specs the buyer desired. There are many slight variations of Chicom AKs out there. Some are quite interesting, like NAVY ARMS 223 caliber RPK's. Pretty rare.
There is a whole level of collectability out there just in the many subvariants of chicom AKs that were imported into the USA. Many of which are in very limited production runs.
I must be kept in mind that at that period of time a Chicom "Factory" that made AKs and SKS rifles could be no more than a mud brick building where workers hammered and filed boxes of parts into rifles. They weren't weapons factories by any stretch of the imagination. More like primitive workshops assembling parts made elsewhere. Rifles were fitted together and then thrown in a pile waiting to be loaded into a container for shipment to the USA.
No fooling, the wholesale price of a new SKS rifle was $1 per rifle. FOB Nanking.
There was an importer of Chicom weapons from my town, Midland Texas. Just a well off retired guy that made some easy money. Oh yeah, this town was an early economic partner with some city in Red China way back, so the contacts were easy. Every so often you'll see a Chicom AK or SKS with Midland TX stamped on it.
Anyway, The point is that before the rifles were stamped NORINCO or POLYTECH the quality fo chicom rifles could be, that is COULD BE, extremely low. And ODD.
04-17-2004, 11:26 AM
Are the chinese made AK's and SKS's under a separate ban, totally different from the assault weapons ban? In other words, when the AWB expires in a few months, will the chinese weapons be allowed back in the USA? Or are they still banned? I sure would like to see some new made chinese 75 & 100 round drums on the market, cheaper than what is currently being sold.
President Clinton banned the import of Chinese guns and ammo "forever" in April of 1994. So the exsperation of the 1994 crime bill will have no effect on the importabilty of Chinese guns and ammo.
04-18-2004, 11:02 AM
Not quite, we're still getting Norinco Win. 97 shotgun copies, and a few other products. Ex/Im policy could be reviewed; there are rumors that some Russian firearms and parts will be coming in in 2005.
Chinese shotguns were banned from import till after the checks cleared that were donated by the Chinese-American businessmen who were front men for the Chinese govt. to the DNC in April 1996. The Federal Election Commision fined the DNC for 3 million in illegal donations by the Chinese govt. In August of 1996 6000 Chinese semi auto Uzi's were allowed to be imported and Chinese shotguns were removed from the import ban on Chinese guns and ammo.
04-19-2004, 12:45 AM
VALMET-76, im confessed so your saying that no matter what the importer or arsenal stamp the rifles quality is a crap shoot? PE
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