BREAKING: New NORINCO NAR-556 and NAR-751 Modern Assault, Battle and Automatic Rifles

NORINCO and Chongqing Jianshe Industry Group have unveiled a brand new modern 5.56mm and 7.62mm rifle platforms. We do not know much about these new guns other than the photos included here, not even the source of these photos which were passed to us anonymously. What we can infer is that these rifles are intended for the export market to compete with modern rifle platforms such as the Kalashnikov AK-12 and the Galil ACE and to a lesser extent Western modern rifle platforms such as the H&K 416/17 and SCAR-L/H. They will most likely to be manufactured by North China Industries and marketed internationally by Jianshe Industry Group.

The name of the rifles “NAR” (Norinco Automatic Rifle?) suggests the rifle internals are derived from the poor selling 7.62x51mm NAR-10, NORINCOs first attempt at competing in the modern service rifle market. According to, the NAR-10 / LR-14 is a select fire short stroke piston with a conventional rotating bolt… and according to me it looks as ugly as sin.

Chinese NAR-10  CSLR14 Assault Rifle (1)

The NAR-10 aka. the LR-14


The substantial difference in the shape of the NAR-10 receiver makes me think the NAR-556 / NAR-751 does not have the same action. It looks like it may have an AR-18 style action, like the Remington ACR and FN SCAR.

What we can say for sure is that the the new NAR appears to have a metal upper receiver and polymer lower receiver (which are nicely color matched). It as a fixed charging handle with bolt hold open functionality. The gas system is adjustable and the controls may be ambidextrous. The pistol grip is moulded into the lower. The stock is foldable and it looks like there is a button at the rear that may allow limited length adjustment.

The rifle has a full length picatinny rail on top and keymod attachment points on the side and on the bottom. It looks like it will be supplied with metal flip-up Backup Iron Sights.


The NAR-556 uses conventional 30 round aluminium STANAG (AR-15) magazines while the NAR-751 uses a polymer 20 round magazines.

The NAR-556 Squad Automatic Weapon variant of the NAR-556 has a longer barrel but no other visible differences. All three models are select fire.

These rifles are going to give Kalashnikov and IWI stiff competition for rifle contracts in the developing world, especially in Africa where IWI has had a lot of success selling the Galil ACE. China is in a good position to leverage the large amount of aid and development they do in the region and turn that into defense sales. It will be interesting to see what Jianshe Industry does with these guns.

Steve Johnson

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  • Major Tom

    Well it’s probably better than those Iranian rifles. I wonder how well they handle automatic fire.

  • John

    eh… looks like they were trying to build a firearm that worked but skimped on some of the end user intricacies. Uncaged M16 style mag release… Keymod..

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I wonder why they didn’t go with an M Lok type rail. It would seem to make more sense to me and I believe there is also less machining time.

      • snmp

        Keymod / keyhole is open source and M Lok is Patented

        • Zachary marrs

          lol, this is china, they dont care about patents, trademarks, copyrights, ip, etc

          • snmp

            Like USA, for foreing pantents and trademarks Like Champagne …. and others stuff …

          • “Intellectual Property”, like “jumbo shrimp”, is an oxymoron. If something is “intellectual”, then it cannot be property. Only things can be property, not ideas.

            Many Chinese know this. Americans used to know it as well, but have since been brainwashed into thinking otherwise by the corporate monopoly holders of copyrights and patents.

            As Thomas Jefferson wisely noted:

            “If we have right to use three things separately, I see nothing in reason or in the law, which forbids our using them all together. A man has a right to use a saw, an axe, a plane, separately; may he not combine their uses on the same piece of wood? He has a right to use his knife to cut his meat, a fork to hold it; may a patentee take from him the right to combine their use on the same subject?

            If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.

            Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

            That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation.

            Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.

            – Thomas Jefferson

          • Zachary marrs


        • Harry’s Holsters

          Since when have the Chinese cared about this? And my understanding is it’s harder to get the blueprints from BCM than MagPul. I also understand BCM is charging royalties.

          • Wingbert

            Are we not still on the 11/12 released drawing from Vltor? These drawings can be found using a simple google search. Meanwhile one must be licensed by magpul to obtain drawings. (Not sure if they’re willing to release to a home machinist such as myself, never tried to request)

          • Harry’s Holsters

            My understanding is magpul is going to qualify you in some way before releasing the sepcs. I’m not a machinist but my understanding is that those drawings left out a few details.

          • Jeffrey O’Brien

            BCM does not control KeyMod.
            BCM does not charge royalties. They do sell patented OEM parts that are compatible with KeyMod.

  • Bubba

    This honestly looks really good to me.
    It could probably use some minor tweaks, but provided it’s reliable it could be a very good rifle. The operating system has good potential for accuracy, and the construction appears to be both light and strong.

    Too bad they’ll probably never be available on the civilian market in Europe or the US.

  • Friend of Tibet

    These photo came from Juhai Airshow from yesterday where Norinco set up a booth for these new designs.

    They are called CS/LR17 modular weapon system. On the English commercial poster it is named as NAR weapon system.

    These rifles will be for foreign markets only. PLA however are also working on their replacement for QBZ95. The NAR weapon system is more likely a failed candidate in PLA’s trail.

    Here are some more photo with 7.62×39 and 7.62×51 conversion.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Looks like a polymer cross between an m10x and an mpar to me
    It would be interesting to see the internals to see what style of gas system and bolt they went with

    • jcl

      Chinese assault rifles usually use short stroke piston

      • Twilight sparkle

        It has a lot of resemblance to a scaled up type 81 so that would make sense, but I would think they also have a lot of left over tooling from the aks that they aren’t making anymore.

  • Bob

    I wouldn’t mind having one of the 5.56 rifle along with a QBZ-03 T03 . That is a modernized Norinco Type 81 except it is chambered in 5.56x45mm instead of the ChiCom 5.8×42mm DBP87 service cartridge.

    Also a Japanese Howa Type 89 would be nice too.

    • Anonymoose

      If the Japanese ever switch to M4s or HK416s, hopefully we can get their Howas as parts kits.

      • John

        Not likely. Like everything else, Howa Industries is a mark of pride for many Japanese people, and they also like the AR-18 piston design. It IS simple to make for mass manufacture.

        What they’ll probably do is finally modernize it. Rails, adjustable stock, etc.

        • Anonymoose

          I dunno. They have already adopted M4s, HK416s, MP5s, MP7s, and USPs for spec ops guys. On the other hand, they might radically redesign the Type 89 and make a new indigenous polymer and magnesium rifle similar to the SCAR, ACR, CZ BREN, MSBS, etc.

  • Jake

    knockoff scars…when are the chinese gonna build me a knockoff korth supersport..

    • Friend of Tibet

      How it this a Scar Knockoff… this logic the ACR is a direct SCAR clone….

      • Jake

        why dont you ask them

  • Cal S.

    I hate import restrictions…

  • English

    To me, they look like a Leader T2 cosplaying as an ACR, especially the 5.56 version.

  • kgallerno

    Can’t wait for these to hit the Canadian market in a semi auto variant. No import bans here.

    • You read my mind

    • H&R Canada

      No import ban but we gotta get it through the firearms lab. So in 4 years they’ll say it can be easily converted to auto. No dice.

  • Joshua Knott

    Well seems as though the Chinese have got ahold of a scar rifle….

  • Martin Grønsdal

    rifles become like cars – they more or less look the same.

  • Al

    Hey buddy, I found an image that lists all variants of this new CS/LR-17. There are at least 11 members of the family, coming in multiple calibers and varying roles (battle rifle, assault rifle, DMR, or SAW).

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Norinco should set up shop here in the US. Screw the ban!

  • So minimalist and purdy!

  • valorius

    I think the FDE rifle pictured above is very sleek and modern looking. I approve (appearance wise, at least)

  • User

    And… whats “modern” about it?

    • Scott Tuttle

      its not an AK

  • Rock or Something


  • Jaehaerys Targaryen

    Norinco AKs (the Type 56) are used widely throughout the world and are very reliable, just like their Russian counterparts.

    • n0truscotsman

      They also make excellent 1911s that are just as competitive as any other sub-1200 dollar contemporary.

  • Uniform223

    That charging handle just looks too close to the rails. I guess that’s why I preferred the ACT over the SCAR, the placement of the charging handle.

  • LumberJaq

    Looks sweet. I’ll give ya 300 wing wangs for it and 3 Chinese knock off Magpul mags. Plus a hard case.

  • Even on the rare occasion when the fascist bureaucracy of China turns out something that’s actually more or less original instead of being made from blatantly stolen IP, it still manages to make it look like a Cheap Chinese Knockoff™. I’m guessing this thing will definitively put the “ass” in “assault rifle” once it vomits forth onto the market.

    • John

      That’s a sweet ass-rifle you got there, pal…

  • TDog

    A buddy of mine has a Norinco M14 – works great.

    • Rocketman

      I hope for his sake that your buddy doesn’t shoot it alot. The early model Chinese version of the M-14 was known to blow the barrel when too hot loads were shot through it.

      • Baggy270

        The new M-14 has a forged receiver and works great. That new rifle looks like it has the charging handle and grip of my Norinco T97 Bullpup

      • Friend of Tibet

        Any link to these incidents? Sounds fishy

      • TDog

        Most guns I know of tend to blow when loads that are too hot for them are shot through. That would be the definition of “too hot”, right? 😉

  • TDog

    A few observations:

    From the looks of things, the stock will obstruct the ejection port when folded – not a deal breaker, but definitely something most modern gun companies in the US and Europe figured out years ago.

    The pistol grip is molded into the lower – makes it easier to manufacture and therefore cheaper, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Also, for a rifle labeled as “modular”, a non-removable grip isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of their claim.

    The plastic magazine: Magpul’s gonna be pissed.

    All in all, this gun looks like a budget rifle with a capital B. Nothing wrong with that, but its overall aesthetic and the multitude of cut corners has me rethinking my annoyance with folks who only turn out AR’s.

  • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

    In the pics above, those 7,62X51 magazines look a bit longer than 20rds…

  • Anthony “stalker6recon”

    I live in the Philippines and Norinco is one of the only manufactures imported here and are not ridiculously priced. They make a replica Sig, NP(?) that isn’t horrible, but I have not been able to fire it yet. There is ridiculous taxes and fees attached to any firearms here, and the laws regarding owning a firearm, are horrendous. Just to go from home to the range for practice, you must first pay the police for a permit to transport the firearm in your vehicle, its pretty pathetic. As a foreigner, I am not allowed to own a firearm at all, but my spouse can since she is a Filipina.

    Norinco also makes a clone of the MP5, which they sell here for nearly 2,500 US dollars, but they are extremely hard to find. I have been looking for a rifle in the 5.56mm family, and “Shooters”, a Philippines manufacturer makes a pretty basic version that looks decent, but again, I have not had any trigger time with any of these either.

    I wish I could get some feedback on the “shooters” version before I commit 2,000 dollars to yet another clone rifle. For these prices, I would much rather get a rifle from a known and reputable company like I had before I made the move to the Philippines. I carried a Colt M4 in the military, and wish I could find a replacement here that doesn’t break the bank.

    Ammo is hard to find as well, and very expensive. New reload rounds are around 60 cents each, if you have brass, then it drops to around 40 cents each, but you need a starting point of ammo to get that recycling advantage.

    I was hoping that the new president would work to change the laws that leave most civilians defenseless, and at the mercy of criminals who have lots of firearms, making most people easy victims once they leave their homes. But this president is no better than any of the previous presidents, and still believes that self defense is a privilege, not a basic human right. Sad.

    Oh well, life in the Philippines, if I want to own firearms again, I will have to return home. If duterte keeps acting like a tyrant, that might be what I have to do. Then I will get the rifle I want, and not have to jump through hoops just to get a little range time again. For this alone, I miss the Army so much, thousands of rounds and hours of range time never costing me a penny. But under this new administration and possibly the next, I am surprised they haven’t traded in all the weapons system for hugs and kisses, but I guess they are spending all that money on sex reassignment surgeries and making housing for gender neutral people. Its shameful in the Philippines, and even more shameful in the US. What a time we live in.

  • mbrd

    c’mon, it’s 2016… the lead is made of polymer (which contains lead).

  • L. Roger Rich

    Doubt if it will be imported to USA from China. Doubt it would cost under $600. SIGH.

    • /k/ommando

      Yeah Norinco got banned from the US market for trying to sell rocket launchers to inner city gangs. (the gangsters were actually FBI agents)

  • TOMD

    north korea is our enemy,why would any one support our enemy?

  • wwiifighterpilot

    Thanks a LOT ‘bill clinton’ … Want more import restrictions? Vote HITLERY ROTTENCROTCH CLINTORIS on Nov. 8… NOT!

  • Baggy270

    Just about everything is made in China

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    In the picture of the NAR 751 there seems to be a larger gap between the upper and lower by the buttstock as opposed to by the forward of the receiver.