Originally Posted by Rattlesnak32
Anyone know anything about norinco aks?
North China Industries are/were a state-owned sales arm of the PRC Lib Army and was the front-company that provided the "branding" for tons of AKMs, SKS, ammo, 1911s, et al that CHICOM arsenals made and were imported into the USA pre-1994 Klinton CHICOM ban.
Many of the same arsenal-made goods were sold "un-branded" by a vast array of importers as well, or with brands specified by the importer - it seems that Keng's Firearms paid the right people, and so had "subcontracted" a bunch of AKs with their "PolyTech" branding on them.
They were apparently specified they have different packaging, furniture, as the PolyTechs have that "different look" than a Norinco AK made in the same arsenal.
See also http://chicom47.com/
As mentioned, CHICOM AKs have a fragile blued finish as opposed to the EU-based AKs and kit-built derivatives we have today. The CHICOMs were not quite the WASRs of their day by comparison - but people equated cheap with cheap, as they were everywhere for about $260.00-$360.00.
But they are fine arsenal-made
AKs, and were freaking awesome values back then considering all that you got in the box. And are still awesome guns; given that there are few true, imported, factory-made AKs around. With the Klinton CHICOM ban, we will never see them again.
That said, revisionist historians would have you believe that they are the best of the best, but... in the 80's - the desirable AKs were the VALMETs, Galils, Mitchell Yugos, Kassner Hunkies, maybe a MAADI as it "looked Russian".
And that was if you were not interested in the SARs, FALs, H&Ks, AR70s, AUGs, Daewoos, SIGs, AR15s and 180s, M1As, FNCs, G3s, that were readily found.