China Claims It Has Made Its Own AK-47, but Does It Work?
The National Interest -

Charlie Gao

Security, Asia

All about the Type 81.

The end result was an impressive fusion of designs.

In the 1980s, China’s small arms were largely inferior to the United States and Russia. The PLA was mostly armed with the Type 56 assault rifle, a clone of the original AK-47, and the Type 56 carbine, a clone of the Soviet SKS. There was an abortive attempt to combine the characteristics of these rifles in the 1960s which culminated in the Type 63, an SKS-looking select-fire rifle that used...

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