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Speaking of Chinese RPK-style rifles...
« on: October 17, 2016, 05:23:59 AM »
I hadn't realized there were a couple different styles of the Chinese RPK-style rifles.

The Type 81S and the Type 81MGS, imported by China Sports: (based on the Chinese Type 81 Rifle)
Very few Type 81's got in by '89. I had the chance to buy one, complete with the bayonet and scabbard, (which I would've bought the rifle just to get that cool bayonet!  chuckles1 ) I still kick myself regularly for passing that one up!  cry1

And the Norinco Type 86-S7, also imported by China Sports Inc.

A PolyTech .223 RPK: (Polytech may have designated their .223 model as a Type 84-S7, not sure on that?)

Same PolyTech .223 fitted with Russian RPK wood:

Note that the Chinese Club Foot Stock is about 2" longer than the Russian RPK laminated stock (and a bit taller):

Notice how the original Type 86-S7's had the bipod mounted in front of the FSB and the NHM-91's are mounted behind the FSB. If I remember correctly, this is because the 86-S7's had a 24" barrel and the NHM-91's had a 20" barrel. But I don't have access to a 86-S7 to confirm that.

And a pic of that cool looking Chinese Type 81 bayonet. (Not applicable for RPK-style rifles, but still cool. 8) )


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Re: Speaking of Chinese RPK-style rifles...
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 09:20:38 AM »
Type 81 has a different operating system than the RPK. Visually similar but internally different.
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Re: Speaking of Chinese RPK-style rifles...
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 10:51:44 AM »
The Type 81 has a gas system very much like a Vz58, it's not by all accounts....a true Ak, maybe more of a hybrid or crossbred with the Vz or SKS. Also, it like the Ak is built on a 1.5mm stamped receiver. They even figured in an adjustable gas system in to it. Now, as I understand they also had an experimental rifle, the 66-136 they built and designed the Type-81 around and modified to suit. It's spanned the whole spectrum, from RPK to bullpup design.

I had this article kicking around, so I converted it to photo and posted it. Lots if interesting stuff, from back when they actually wrote. :)

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Leave the gun take the cannoli.

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Re: Speaking of Chinese RPK-style rifles...
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 11:42:13 AM »
Great info!  I gather that the Type 81s are very rare in the US  ???  There must be some with talk of the aftermarket rail and foregrip etc.

It's interesting how the Chinese firearm industry evolved from inventing gunpowder, to strictly imported firearms by the late 19th to early 20th century, to licensed copies under the new Communist regime, to new designs with borrowed elements (which honestly, is true of most firearms).

Maybe we can put together a group buy for a bunch from Sri Lanka or Bangladesh that have been in the country for at least 10 years.  I mean they got them for $175 a pop, we could give them a decent profit and still get a nice deal.  Anyone have the time and import licenses...and connections in Sri Lanka?  chuckles1

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Re: Speaking of Chinese RPK-style rifles...
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 12:12:13 PM »
Don't forget about the milled Polytech Legend National Match 20" RPK!