Here's a pic of a 'de-banned and re-fanged' version: You'll note the collar behind the front site base. The clerk and I had the butt braced against the floor and we were both pushing down on the pump handle as hard as we could before we finally got the action open. That said, I've been looking at them and figured I'd come to the experts here on a few questions. I would really like to know if there are any Modern Style Composite Stocks and Forearms available. Unmarked Norinco receivers are not unusal. If any of the photos in this post are yours and you explicitly do not want them shown, please contact me at Runningman.
With joint venture partner Yamaha, they sold over 14 million units since converting in 1982. Then I took the gun to a monthly match and shot it for practice and in the match. A: This is by far the most commonly asked question. However, other branches of the military: the militia, border guards, honour guards and security police continued to use them as second line weapons. Faced with an over supply in a saturated North American market, several new variants were created and marketed. Proof for this dating scheme is severely lacking. I think the tang is not long enough.
Also a couple of pictures of a Navy Arms Type 56 Short Military Carbine with folding bayonet and Type 89 2. The huge stockpile quickly dwindled by the end of the war and they were resupplied with Russian surplus. The slightly harder ones: This list is by no means complete; more will be added as they are discovered. English fire control markings 'S' and 'F' for export version, no marking on full-auto fire control position. Insert the barrel into the slide. Seems a bit of time travel is required there. Even though it really didn't earn that title.
I'm trying to decide which to sell. It was sorta the defender of freedom during the communist years. Does the importer info still apply? I was told mine is a Norinco, although it is not stamped Norinco anywhere on it. The one I handled in a gun store was a piece of crap. We are wont to forget it is communists who run mainland China, most especially its industrial output, and even more specifically martial equipment and supplies.
The serial number is on the left of the slide and the frame. Mainly manufactured for export and rare in China. I've got two Chinese 97's. This is Archivist Dick tapping. I do not belive the British bayonets will fit. He had installed an extra slide he had, and had gone through the receiver, replacing and fitting parts as he went.
Reparkerizing might actually wipe out the serial number it is so light. The writing was on the wall for this nearly 100 year old factory. I don't pretend to be an expert and this report isn't chiselled in stone. I have shot over 10,00 rounds thru my two Chinese 97's and parts breakage has been minimal considering how much we bang them around in Cowboy Action Shooting. It was replaced by the newly designed Type 81 rifle. We work hard to bring the best Firearms Forum has to offer! As Chinese civilianized Kalashnikov-style rifles vanished from store shelves these commercial builds arrived to fill a demand not anticipated in Beijing or Washington.
Don't see a thing about it on their website, so figured I should ask first. I think there were 5 rifles per crate. Not too hard to figure out why they don't make 97's here anymore. Additionally the first receivers made up were farmed out due to the plant doing a special run of riot guns for Bangladesh. Interstate Arms makes the 1887 replica shotgun.
Not very smooth but it makes a great truck gun. This may not be as far fetched as it seems since we know the Chinese are thought to have produced more than 300,000 T53s in 1954, their second year of production and a whopping 440,000 T53 carbines in 1955, only their third year of T53 production!! They were allowed to sell the rifles as parts kits if the receivers were cut up. The store was breaking open crate after crate of 'em. It is a semi-automatic weapon that fires rounds that measure 7. You seem to be the proud owner of what I describe as militia production. I think I'd read about 'em for a year or so prior to that. Then I took the gun to a monthly match and shot it for practice and in the match.
My Warbird shoots just fine with the original barrel. Most had the 3 Chinese characters are between the code and serial numbers as above but a few factories had only the codes and serial numbers, no Chinese character. They tend to provide adequate documentation of their production facilities during trade agreements. They were not shown in any of the '92 annuals I have. Come for the info, stay and make some friends.
This list will be updated when new information is received. Communists everywhere find commercial activity anathema to their political belief system. China decided to further expand production by adding more factories. This is what a left side of the receiver from factory 26 looks like, built in 1965. The 88 to 94 marked guns are very clearly 1988 to 1994 guns built specifically for export to foreign markets.