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Norinco 56S

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Miss Debbie, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Miss Debbie

    Miss Debbie Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    Hi I am still deciding on an AK rilfe to get the choices are a Arsenal 107F of a Norinco type 56S preban. Can anyone tell me what preban means? And as always what are the pro/cons of these 2 rifles?
  2. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    Dec 16, 2007

    If the Norinco is available for a decent price, I say snap it up. They are excellent.

    After sampling several, I set out to find the nicest pre-ban Norinco Type 56S available
    at the time and I found a new in the box virgin. She is my one and only AKM.
  3. Destructo6

    Destructo6 Senior Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Tucson, AZ
    If you are considering the Arsenal 107, get the 107fr version with the scope rail. It is definately worthwhile to have to option of mounting combloc optics if you desire.

    The Norinco MAK90 I had (I know, not exactly the same thing) was nice and perfectly reliable, but the blued finish was thin and all of the parts were dimensionally just a bit different than the bulk of AK parts out there. It had a nice trigger, too, but not nearly in the same category as the Arsenal 106fr that replaced it.
  4. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Senior Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    What's the purpose of the rifle?

    For collectability, the Norinco wins hands down. No more are likely to be imported and they are hard to find in very good condition.

    For a rifle that's going to be shot, thrown in a vehicle, and dragged thru the mud, I'd get the Arsenal. The paint over parkerizing as a pretty darn good finish for rust resistance. The Arsenal's paint WILL be removed by brake cleaner but CLP and Ballistol are fine with it.

    I'd get (I got) the SLR107FR. Even if you don't use the rail now, it's better to have it in case you ever want to add optics. The rail will also make it easier to sell the rifle if you should ever want to. It adds maybe an oz of weight and has no real disadvantages. BSW
  5. Kino74

    Kino74 Member

    Mar 21, 2008
    The "pre-ban" just means it was a pre-89 import. After 1989, all the imported AW style rifles had bayonet lugs, flashhiders, and stocks replaced with thumbholes stocks.

    I'd get the Type 56S as its no longer importable plus it is a great rifle.

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