Object Title

Centrefire self-loading magazine rifle - Type 56

Centrefire self-loading magazine rifle - Type 56

Date

1980

Object Number

XII.9925

Provenance

Presented by MOD via MAADIE from captured Iraqi weapons, the Gulf war 1991. 10th December 1991. See Iraqi file

Physical Description

This gas operated selective fire weapon is furnished with wooden butt, pistol grip and fore-grip. Hung underneath the muzzle is an integeral folding spike bayonet. A green canvas sling is attached as is a magazine

Dimensions

BarrelLength414mm
OverallLength896mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 2604666

Calibre

7.62 x 39 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

The markings 'L' and 'D' are used for automatic and single shot fire respectively

Associations

Places China

Bibliographic References

Swords, Daggers and bayonets; Bridgewater Books; 2008

Notes

This weapon has been declared FFE (free from explosives) by the Army Ordnance Corps, 20th November 1991. For document see Iraqi file.
This is a direct Chinese copy of the later models of the Soviet AK 47, with the addition of a spike bayonet on the later production Type 56's.


Rate of fire: (cyclic) 600 rounds a minute.
Effective range: 300 metres.
Muzzle velocity: 710 m/s.