Chinese AKs, Part 5: Jim Fuller about the history of China AK imports into the USA

Last year, I published a series of articles about the history of Chinese AK rifles, Part 1 was about the construction of the factories and the Russian assistance, Part 2 was about the proliferation of Type56, Part 3 was dedicated to post-Cold War changes in Chinese firearms manufacturing and in Part 4 I wrote абоут modern variants of Chinese AKs. However, I ignored one important part of China AK history – importation to the USA. And who knows it better than Jim Fuller, one of the most well-known veterans of the industry who contributed to the popularity of the AK platform in the US.

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POTD: Somali National Army's 162nd Danab Special Engagement Cell

Photo Of The Day and we go to Africa for the Joint Knowledge Exchange 24 exercise, where members of the Somali National Army’s 162nd Danab Special Engagement Cell aim their weapons downrange in Kismayo, Somalia, Jan. 11, 2024. JKE 24 provided U.S. Forces an opportunity to train alongside the SNA 162nd Danab SEC and Kenya Defence Forces to share expertise in topics ranging from weapons handling to troop leading procedures.

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POTD: The AKS-74U – Rifle Dynamics

A new dawn, new possibilities and another Photo Of The Day. Today we have an AKS-74U with a three-color beach frog skin triangle pouch from Rifle Dynamics.

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Chinese AKs - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 4 – Modern Variants of Type 56 and Chinese AK 103

This article is the final chapter of a 4-part series. In Part 1 I talk about how the production of AK began in China, Part 2 was dedicated to the “golden age” of Chinese AKs, and Part 3 was about the gradual decline in quality and the underlying reasons for it. In Part 4, we will take a look at the latest descendants of the Type 56 rifle, including the Chinese AK 103.

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Kalashnikov Concern Annouce Serial Production of the Lebedev Pistol

According to a press release from Kalashnikov Concern, the Lebedev pistol has entered serial production. In the press release, the Russian arms company’s president Alan Lushnikov confirmed production of the pistol had begun in 2023 and announced that the company will be displaying at the EXPOTECHNOSTRAZH exposition from 15 to 17 March. Lushnikov said:

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Chinese AKs - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 3 - Type 56-2 – Quantity Over Quality

In Part 1 of this article, I wrote about the early days of AK production in China, Part 2 was dedicated to the “golden years” of Type 56 history when it was exported to the US and produced in multiple countries.

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Chinese AKs - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 2 – How Type 56 Took Over the World

In Part 1 of this article, I talked about early Chinese AKs and the humble beginnings of Kalashnikov rifle manufacturing in China. By 1956, China was building new factories and improving old ones with the help of Soviet engineers, and it seemed like nothing can break apart two great comrades – the Soviet Communist party and their Chinese counterparts.

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Chinese AK - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 1 – The Soviet Assistance

It is hard to find a place on Earth where people wouldn’t know what Kalashnikov is. Some know it through movies, some through video games, but a good portion of the world’s population have some firsthand experience with this rifle, since a Soviet, East European, or Chinese AK can be found almost anywhere.

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NEW AK Light & Laser Mount From Midwest Industries

Midwest Industries recently released a new AK Light & Laser Mount for AKM pattern rifles that attaches to the barrel. The new AK Light & Laser mount features two 1913 Picatinny rails, one on each side, with 2.1 inches of space for mounting, well, lights and lasers. The mount also has a cutout to allow for the cleaning rod to remain in place under the barrel. Midwest Industries’ specs can be found below.

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POTD: Suppressed AS Val in India

Welcome back for another run of our Photo Of The Day. We’re always on the lookout for the best firearms-related images out there, with the goal to give your eyes something worth watching every day. Today we have a suppressed AS Val and some other photos from the Indra 2018 exercise between India and Russia. The sight on the AS Val seems to be mounted extremely high.

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POTD: Custom Saiga 9×19 PCC

Our daily article Photo Of The Day will take you to some very exciting and unusual places. Today we take a look at a very custom Saiga 9mm PCC. Jelena from Russia is the owner and the brain behind the paintwork. She’s an avid competitor in IPSC and dynamic shooting. The question is why does your own 9mm PCC Carbine look so boring compared to this one?

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POTD: RPG-7s in Murmansk

Flying rockets, fire and Kalashnikovs – we must be in Russia! TFB has been running the Photo Of The Day for years, sharing great photos from around the world and the world of firearms onto the doorstep of the screen you’re looking at right now, and we hope you enjoy it.

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[SHOT 2022] Kalashnikov USA Show off their KR-101

Kalashnikov USA was eager to show off their 5.56 KR-101 rifle on the SHOT show floor today. I spoke with Dave, Kalashnikov USA’s VP of marketing, about it.

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POTD: Polish Divers with Rubber AKs

Rubber ducks or rubber AKs? What did you play with as a kid? I presume diving is the main purpose during this kind of training and using firearms made out of rubber or other kinds of plastic takes any cleaning out of the exercise, which is a nice thing.

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India Buy 70,000 Off-The-Shelf AKs

Last week Indian media outlets began reporting that an order for as many as 70,000 AK-pattern rifles had been made from Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern. Speculation surrounded the news and many wondered how the order would fit into the larger deal being negotiated between India and Russia for a production license to manufacture an AK-203 variant in India.

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