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Posted: 8/3/2003 10:12:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2003 10:14:21 AM EDT by Alex-1]
I bought my AKS in November 1987. It has a folding stock (folds under the rifle - I don't know if there are other types.) It was new-in-the-box, with four magazines, bayonet, sling, and stuff for cleaning, etc. It had a two-page Disassembly and Care AKS 7.63x39mm.

The faint legend stamped on the left side of the receiver just in front of the magazine well says,"AK47S 7.62 X 39MM", and underneath of it, "MADE IN CHINA". The S/N 8703### is stamped on the left side of the receiver, about 3/4" above the AK47S... stamp. The bolt has the last four numbers of the S/N 3### stamped on the left side.

On the right side only the letters "S" and "F" are stamped by the safety/dust cover. The wood is light in color and appears to have a semi-gloss oil-finish.

I have only shot it 10 times, and needless to say, it is in as-new condition. I have the original box (styrofoam core with holes formed or cutout for all the items), and everything else.

Can you tell me what I have?

Thanks!

Alex
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 10:59:04 AM EDT
You have a pre-ban Chinese AK.

Are there any other markings on the receiver?

Is the receiver milled or stamped?

Does it have the underfolding spike bayonette?
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 12:50:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2003 12:50:41 PM EDT by WildWes]
I've read of several of these pre-ban Chicoms that lack any Norinco or Polytech markings.This seems to be more common with underfolder's than other varieties.

Any factory markings, for example a triangle with a 66 inside?
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 4:08:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 6:10:18 PM EDT
(1) Receiver: Stamped
(2) Other markings: none on receiver, but on the left side of the barrel, near the muzzle, it has stamped what appear to be the letters "GLNI" and then "LA" and "GA" - but they are difficult to read and the "G" could ve an "O", or a "C", for example.
(3) Bayonet: Separate - like a knife.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid73/pfc8d1b097b8bfa566cca786ce4e396a0/fb7de840.jpg

Thanks guys!

Alex
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 1:31:47 PM EDT
Do the pictures and additional information (above) provide any more useful hints?

Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 2:37:01 PM EDT
I had one of those that I bought in 88 for $325. I sold it in 99 for $850. See them at gunshows in like new condition for $1000-$1200.
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 2:51:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 3:49:19 PM EDT
Yep - I paid $313 in 1987.
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 6:09:40 PM EDT
Nice AK.
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