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Description: Norinco AK 47 with a 16" barrel in excellent used condition. The Norinco AK 47 hasn't been imported into the USA since the early 1990s. This Norinco is chambered in .223/5.56 caliber manufactured in 1989. It is in excellent used condition and although I have upgraded the Thumbhole stocks to the Ironwood custom stocks,($350 my cost), that you see in these pictures, I have the original Thumb Hole Stocks if you would like to have them. The Ironwood stocks are far superior to the factory stocks.

The letters/numbers MAK-90 stand for Modified AK-1990. I have owned three of them, and share some of my photos in this web page. The MAK-90 is a Chinese factory-built AK model exported to the USA from China from 1990 through 1994 by two Chinese export companies: Norinco and PolyTech. Following the import ban in 1989, the Chinese developed an AK which met the "sporting purposes" clause. (The earlier AKs were banned because of their "evil" features: pistol grips, folding stocks, threaded muzzles, and bayonets.) The new model was basically an AK with a wood thumb-hole stock and no bayonet lug (although you do sometimes see MAK-90 receivers with under-folder holes drilled and filled). Around a million MAK-90s were exported to the USA in the early 90s. According to "JA," of, more MAK-90 rifles were imported from China than any other model of semi-automatic AK type rifle from any other country. MAK-90s were made to shoot 7.62x39 or .223 caliber ammunition. A very few were made to shoot 5.45 x 39 ammo. The retail price for a new MAK-90s was often less than $200.

In 1990 the Chinese AK factories screwed a nut on the muzzle to cover the threads, and some were tack welded on. The bayonet lug was ground down to eliminate the possibility of the MAK-90 having an "evil" bayonet. According to "J.A.," "...The standard thread size for AK-47 type rifles is 14x1mmLH. This means the diameter of the threads is 14mm and the pitch is 1mm. The LH means that the threads are left hand and to screw a muzzle brake onto the barrel you will have to turn it to the left/counterclockwise." I think a lot of MAK-90 owners think they have a threaded muzzle when they really don't. If your entire barrel on your MAK-90 seems to be threaded, then it is NOT. These are just machine tool marks. The model name was ground off (or lined through) and the new model name MAK-90 was stamped. Some had 90 added to the serial number that denoted the year of import (1990). They were named "Sporter," and sold with a five-round magazine, to make them seem more like hunting rifles.

All AK's have barrels that are 4 different diameters in different places. The chamber is the largest diameter then steps down at the rear sight block, next the gas block, and finally, the smallest diameter is at the front sight. All Poly Tech AKs have an oval 386 stamped on the receiver. All the milled receiver Chinese rifles have 386 in an oval. The post-ban models MAK-90, MAK-91, AK Hunter and Poly Tech Legend pre bans have the 386 in an oval. The barrels of milled receiver MAK-90 and 91 rifles are not threaded. The fit and finish of PolyTech rifles pre or post-ban are the best of all Chinese rifles imported. The trigger pull is the best of any AK imported into the US, yes even better than the "holy grail" of AK's, the Bulgarian SLR-95. Just spray paint a milled MAK-90 black like the Bulgarians, and you will have the best finished AK imported with the best trigger pull. All Chinese MAK-90 rifles that were in the first bunch imported/in customs right after the 1989 ban had threaded barrels. All after this bunch had the threads turned off the barrel. My NHM-91 and MAK-91 have barrels heavier and longer than MAK-90's. They shoot tighter groups but I don't know if this is because of better/heavy barrels or longer sight radius of the 20" barrels. All the milled receiver post-ban rifles have the slant cut with a round hole in the rear of the receiver.

Condition: Used - See Item Description
Caliber: .223 Remington (5.56 NATO)
Location: SC

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