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Old 07-23-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default A real Chinese Type 56, full auto, full stock, with forged receiver

I've had her for 16+ years. She's registered, fully functional, and transferrable. From what I can find on the inter-web, the first 2 digits in the serial number +55 = year of manufacture. Since her S/N = 10134XXX, by using the above formula she was made in 1965 (10 + 55). She's a mixed s/n piece that is a "REWAT" by Chuck Hudak @ Inland Arms in Austin Texas. I took her in on trade. She looked so nice with original honest wear, I decided to hang on to her. She shoots fine. This is the second one of these I have ever seen. A buddy of mine picked his up about a year before I got mine. Mine is an original full auto, Triangle 66, China North Industries (Norinco), type M22 export ('L' & 'D' selector markings), Type 56 circa 1965.

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Old 07-23-2016, 01:16 PM   #2
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Gorgeous. My holy grail rifle, that thing will outlive the cockroaches.
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Old 07-23-2016, 05:25 PM   #5
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Very nice Dan, I was lucky enough to hold a friends N. Korean full auto last fall at the knob creek show. Wish I could have taken it home with me.
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:41 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the kind words. Quite a few years ago during one of our Texas hot-as-hell summertime MG shoots, I bought this AK and my buddy brought his also. Two ethnic Chinese officers with Houston PD couldn't keep their hands off them. These AKs were all they wanted to shoot. So all day they played with the AKs and we got to play with their M249s. At the end of the day, everyone was satisfied. And so it goes...
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for sharing! That is a awesome rifle.

If you don't mind me asking what was a transferrable like that selling for 16+ years ago when you bought it!
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:20 PM   #8
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Thanks for sharing! That is a awesome rifle.
If you don't mind me asking what was a transferrable like that selling for 16+ years ago when you bought it!
I'll need to check my records to know exactly. But, it was somewhere around $17.5K in trade value if I remember correctly.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:21 PM   #9
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Cool to see a lurker drop a balm like that. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:14 PM   #10
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Cool to see a lurker drop a balm like that. Thanks for sharing.
I think the term 'lurker' may be a tad strong. I would classify myself more as a 'casual observer'.
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Beautiful. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:27 AM   #12
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Cool to see a lurker drop a balm like that. Thanks for sharing.
Ya, that's what I was thinking. Dan you have a beautiful rifle. Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-25-2016, 05:21 PM   #14
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aweee sna,, I couldn't even afford them back then haha
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Beautiful AK! I bet she shoots nice and smooth. Thanks for sharing
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I've had her for 16+ years. She's registered, fully functional, and transferrable. From what I can find on the inter-web, the first 2 digits in the serial number +55 = year of manufacture. Since her S/N = 10134XXX, by using the above formula she was made in 1965 (10 + 55). She's a mixed s/n piece that is a "REWAT" by Chuck Hudak @ Inland Arms in Austin Texas. I took her in on trade. She looked so nice with original honest wear, I decided to hang on to her. She shoots fine. This is the second one of these I have ever seen. A buddy of mine picked his up about a year before I got mine. Mine is an original full auto, Triangle 66, China North Industries (Norinco), type M22 export ('L' & 'D' selector markings), Type 56 circa 1965.
simply beautiful. Im a UT alumni! i would love the chance to even hold a piece of history like that
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Wow dude. That their rifle is outstanding!
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Old 07-30-2016, 05:35 AM   #18
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Thanks everyone for the very kind words. While my Type 56 does shoot well, it's a typical AK. Accuracy is wanting, the stock is too short, and it kicks like a mule on full auto. This is not a target rifle and full auto shooting is tiring. An M16 is much more accurate and easier to shoot with on full auto. An AK is a 'utility' weapon that will work each and every time no matter what. I compare it to using a hammer to drive a screw. It will get the job done, but not in an elegant fashion.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:45 AM   #19
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Very nice! Both of my transferable AKs are post amnesty guns that were converted to full auto before 86'. What you have makes mine seem...bleh.....What you have is an ORIGINAL AK47! Wow! Enjoy!!!
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:23 PM   #20
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I also live in Austin amigo, do you take this to the range still? I would love just to see one of these in person if ever a chance arose! Thank you for sharing your collectors item!
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:22 PM   #21
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I also live in Austin amigo, do you take this to the range still? I would love just to see one of these in person if ever a chance arose! Thank you for sharing your collectors item!
I don't take any NFA stuff to public ranges. We have private shoots in Smithville, Normangee, Burnet, and San Antonio.
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Interesting, looks like a type 1 soviet selector ended up on that rifle somehow.
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Interesting, looks like a type 1 soviet selector ended up on that rifle somehow.
Yep. That was pointed out to me today via a PM from member Brick. As I told him this morning, I had no clue the selector was wrong and have no idea how it came to be installed on it. I fully admit I am not AK literate. I have an AK selector somewhere around here in a parts box. When I find it, I'll post a picture of it to see if it correct for my AK.
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OP, that's gorgeous. I hate you out of sheer envy. I'd feel a bit better if you posted up a YouTube video of a few mag dumps with that beast.
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Old 08-05-2016, 12:30 PM   #25
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OP, that's gorgeous. I hate you out of sheer envy. I'd feel a bit better if you posted up a YouTube video of a few mag dumps with that beast.
A few years ago, one in our shooting group, Mongo, posted a video of my buddy Chris shooting it. Unfortunately, most of Mongo's videos, including this video, was removed from Ewe-Toob. Maybe it's still out there somewhere floating around.
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Old 08-05-2016, 02:23 PM   #26
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After some rummaging around, I finally found the selector I remembered I had. It was all by itself in a plastic baggie sitting in a box of HK pieces and parts. There was nothing else in the baggie and everything else in the box was for an MP5. What do the knowledgeable members think? Is this the correct selector for my Chinese AK?

How I got it, I cannot remember. All I remembered was that I had it.

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Old 08-08-2016, 02:41 PM   #27
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I took it upon myself and changed the selector this weekend. I decided to disassemble the weapon and highlight all numbers I could find. If I found a number, I took its picture. Unfortunately, I could not highlight the number on the bolt head itself. It was not the same as the weapon's s/n, but it just would not focus with my iPhone. Oh well.

After re-re-reviewing all the documentation I could find, I don't know if this is an M22 export AK or not. Now I don't know how to classify it.

The pictures are not in any particular order.


Now, do the following pictures look better and correct for my Type 56?


Lookie what I found here: http://sks-files.com/index.php?topic=2245.0

It appears my newly installed selector may be correct for a '65 Type 56. How lucky is that?

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I'm no expert on Chinese AK's, but just from the selector markings I'd say it is an export gun.
Still a beauty that anyone here would love to have. OK, I take that back, anyone but Greek...lol.
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Finally. With it's new selector in place and highlighted numbers/markings, here is what the finished product looks like.

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I'm no expert on Chinese AK's, but just from the selector markings I'd say it is an export gun.
Still a beauty that anyone here would love to have. OK, I take that back, anyone but Greek...lol.
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Agreed, scrub the l and d and etch with chinese characters
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Agreed, scrub the l and d and etch with chinese characters
Wouldn't that would be a sacrilege to the AK gods (small 'g')?
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Wouldn't that would be a sacrilege to the AK gods (small 'g')?
Yes it would.

While you do in fact have an export variant (based on the L/D selector marks), it is not necessarily considered an "M21". If it were it would be marked "M21".

Extremely pleased to see these pics, thank you. It's not everyday you get to see a $50k rifle opened up like a centerfold.
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Sweet Jesus that's beautiful....also please for the love of God ignore what x54r said, keep that thing as original as possible.
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Sweet Jesus that's beautiful....also please for the love of God ignore what x54r said, keep that thing as original as possible.
I'm sure x54r was only joshing. Even if he wasn't, I wouldn't change anything anyway.

As an aside, I've been scrounging the inter-web for a picture of another early s/n forged receiver Type 56 with markings similar to mine that has no folding bayonet. Thus far, I've been unsuccessful. I found a few with M22 and 'L'/'D' selector markings plus a few more with /66\ and Chinese selector markings, but none with /66\ and 'L'/'D' selector markings. Others must exist. I even went through every one of the 500+ pages at http://detail-photos.jugem.jp/? and nothing.
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