Norinco Type 63

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Norinco Type 63 - 7.62x39mm

The Norinco Type 63 rifle, also incorrectly referred as the Type 68 by Western sources, is a Chinese made assault rifle that was made to replace the Type 56 in Chinese service when soldiers needed a combination of long rifle range and rifle firepower. Despite resembling the SKS, it uses the rotating bolt system of the AK-47 rather than the tilting bolt system of the SKS. A folding-stock variant was also made in limited numbers for paratroopers. It was also exported to Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, Anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan, Albania, and semi-auto surplus variants were also exported to Australia before the introduction of the 1996 restrictions on the legal ownership of semi-automatic longarms and pump-action shotguns.


(1969 – 1978)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)
  • Length: 40.7 in (103.3 cm)
  • Barrel length: 20.9 in (53.1 cm)
  • Feed System: 20-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The Norinco Type 63 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Kite Runner Taliban 2007

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