Type 56 assault rifle

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Type 56 assault rifle
TypeAssault rifle
Place of origin China
Service history
In service1956–now
Used bySee Users
WarsVietnam War and many other conflicts in Africa and Asia
Production history
Designed1956
Produced1956–now
VariantsType 56
Type 56-1
Type 56-2
Specifications
Mass8.5 lbs (3.9 kg) empty
10.5 lbs (4.8 kg) loaded
Length34.3 in (87 cm)
Barrel length16.4 in (41.6 cm)

Cartridge7.62×39mm
Caliber7.62 mm
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire600 rounds/minute
Muzzle velocity710~730 meters/second
Effective firing range400 meters
Feed system30 round magazine
SightsIron sights
A Chinese naval officer holds a Type 56 assault rifle.

The Type 56 is a Chinese assault rifle which is a copy of the Soviet AK-47 assault rifle. The Type 56 was first used by the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong during the Vietnam War along with the Soviet AK-47 and AKM assault rifles. The Type 56 is used by many armies and battlefields in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Variants[change | change source]

  • Type 56: Copy of the AK-47.
  • Type 56-1: Copy of the AKS-47.
  • Type 56-2: Same as the Type 56-1 but with a side folding stock instead of a under folding stock.

Users[change | change source]

The Type 56 assault rifle is used in many countries. These include:

Users[change | change source]

Afghan students with Type 56 at the Special Police Training Center .
Syrian soldier aims a Type 56.

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