Good old days: A look at the Chinese pre-ban AKs (VIDEO)

Back in the days of the $99 SKS, the $279 Norinco Type-56 was king! Chris Bartocci with Small Arms Solutions reaches back into the 1980s and looks at some classic pre-ban semi-auto AKMs to include a Type-56S and S1 cranked out by the Communist Chinese to ship to the States by the boatload.

The golden days before the ban hammer came down saw such new in the box guns sold for bargain prices as well as 1,300 round crates of 7.62x39mm ammo to boot. Bartocci chronicles these at length, touching on such briefly-imported models as the PolyTech Legend (with a milled receiver) and compares the differences between these Chicom guns and the Soviet-style Kalash.

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