Manufacture date of MAK 90??


August 15, 2004, 01:04 AM
Hello all,

Does anyone know who I can contact to find out the manufacture date (pre ban or not) of my Norinco MAK 90? I went to the Norinko webpage and emailed several weeks ago with no response.

Sn# 9365xxx

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August 15, 2004, 01:35 AM
Hi all Mak 90s are post ban. Around 1989 if memory serves, good rifles I owned one for many years. Well built. Good receiver and crome lined bore. I converted mine to a pistol grip stock by adding some American made parts. Never had a malfunction but all ak's are famous for that. Kris

August 15, 2004, 08:44 AM
The first two digits of your serial number indicate a manufacture date of 1993. Some MAK90s which were in-country already when the 1989 ban was passed were "caught in transition". They will have a five-digit serial number without a year of manufacture indicator. As an example, the MAK90 I had before I sold it had a serial number of 60618. FWIW the MAK90 started out in life as a Chinese Type 56, but had to be modified in 1990 due to the 1989 ban, hence the term MAK90. All Mak90s are post ban.

August 15, 2004, 02:19 PM
Thanks for the info.

I'm interested in switching to a pistol grip stock set up. What is the minimum parts swap needed to remain legal?

August 15, 2004, 10:07 PM
To convert legally, you'll need to replace the stock set with a US made one and a new US made firecontrol group.

Great guns, I've got a .223 Mak-90 converted to a OD Green K-Var stock set. Looks very nice, and shoots great also.

I really want to pick up a 7.62x39, and convert it to either plum or black stock set.

Also, you'll need to make sure that the rear of your guns receiver is straight or slant cut. The straights are the easiest(only?) ones to convert.


August 15, 2004, 11:56 PM
In about 4 weeks, it will be academic, but a MAK-90 could be pre-1994 ban. If it were in a pre-ban configuration, with no more than 10 specific imported parts (to conform to 1989 import ban), prior to the ban's effective date, it would be considered pre-ban, well for a little while longer anyway.

As GunNut said, a US fire control group and stock set should get to to, or under, the 10 imported parts count. And I'll agree that Kvar makes some nice furniture.

Speaking of which, GunNut, how much fitting was required to install the Kvar furniture on your Mak?

August 16, 2004, 12:41 AM
Fitting the K-Var stock took some minor to major fitting.

On the handgaurd I had to remove a little material, in order to get it on.

The stock took some major dremel/file work. I was too impatient, and didn't get it quite as good as I should have. There is a little space between the stock and receiver, but it wasn't worth taking it off.

I'll do better on the next one.

Overall, I am very pleased with it.


August 16, 2004, 09:32 AM
The last MAK 90s to be allowed in by Customs was in 1996 so it will predate that.

August 16, 2004, 10:32 PM
Check the Chinese rifles page of my webpages for MAK-90 info.

August 16, 2004, 11:13 PM
Nice page there, JA.

August 16, 2004, 11:53 PM
excellent info!

thanks to all for all


August 17, 2004, 09:44 AM
Thanks guys.

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