Chinese AK-47 Type 56 Automatic Rifle with Folding Bayonet

Chinese AK-47 Type 56 Automatic Rifle with Folding Bayonet

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Object Name
rifle, automatic
Other Terms
RIAU; Firearms; Center Fire; 7.62 Mm; Rifled
date made
ca 1965
place made
overall, rifle: 34 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 86.995 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
Credit Line
U.S. Treasury Department. Bureau of Customs. District Director of Customs. Baltimore, MD
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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The Chinese AK-47 Type 56 Automatic Rifle with Folding Bayonet was made in 1966 (your description states 1959). I collect Chinese AK-47's and I know the serial numbering techniques. The rifle has an 11-mil serial number prefix (11045160). The date coding for AK-47's produced at state factory /66\ began in 1955 (the year the Type 56 was in early implementation, and eventually adopted in 1956 hence "Type 56"), with the serial numbers progressing a single digit for every year of manufacture, i.e. an AK made in 1956 would have a serial number in the 2-mil prefix range (2xxxxxx) and a rifle made in 1957 would have a serial number in the 3-mil prefix range (3xxxxxx), ect. So your example was the 45,160th Type 56 AK produced in 1966. I own an identical example that is around 18,000 units after yours with a serial number of "11063455". I saw this while randomly searching and wanted to share this info with you. Thank you for your time.
Great info - thanks for sharing. Do you know how to date the Yugoslavian models? Or the Chinese with the ‘386’ number in a circle?

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