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    How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    I was wondering how many different variations of the Chinese drums there are out there. I have a 9396 marked 75 rounder and I'm getting a triangle 36 marked 75 rounder this week. How many other are there? Any Norinco or Poly marked ones?

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    Re: How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    I have seen a couple rear loading drums that are not marked and there are some with the Bulgy ((10)) symbol, some say they are Chinese.
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    Re: How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    Also unmarked 100 round drums. Looks just like the 75 rounders, but bigger and slightly different winding key. There's also a 120 round drum made for the AR and take .223 ammo. Here are a couple of pics.


    Pic on the left is the 120 round drum, pic on the right is a hard-chromed 75 rounder. Both are marked /36\.




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    Re: How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    So there was a poly marked 75 rounder?

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    Re: How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    This question comes up once a year we need to collaborate photos and make a sticky!!!!
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    Re: How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =323195107 Here's a Poly drum for sale. These have several differences from the other Chinese drums, the most obvious being the large spring loaded "mickey mouse" wind up key that stays folded back out of the way when not in use . I already have one in the collection or I would jump on it.

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    Re: How many different variations of chinese AK drums?

    75rd drums marked "9396", "396", or "Made in China by Poly" are all made in the Polytech Arsenal. Those that are marked with "/36\", "China", or left unmarked are from the Norinco Arsenal. The 100rd drums are unmarked and made by Norinco. I'm not sure if this covers all of the known Chinese AK drums out there. Keep in mind they wasted no parts and would share them between the two, so some drums look like a joint effort of the two Arsenals. I have noticed that Polytech has used their 90rd 5.56 drum body to make 75rd 7.62 drums. Only difference is the spindle mechanism inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbae View Post
    This question comes up once a year we need to collaborate photos
    I was going to start a thread for my chinese drums, but this one seems like the right place. I picked up a few uncommon ones lately and I'd like to share.
    I'm up to ten different in 7.62, nine of which are 75 round. Here they are all together (each one of the pouches are different too):


    /36\ above, arrow below, solid key:


    (9396) below, arrow above, slotted key:


    (9396) below, arrow above, slotted key, BWest import marked:


    (396) below, arrow above, slotted key:


    No factory mark, no arrow, slotted key, BCI import marked:


    No factory mark, no arrow, slotted key, "CHINA" stamped very small on right side:


    No factory mark, no arrow, slotted key:


    Poly marked, no arrow, "mickey mouse" key:


    Poly un-marked, no arrow, "mickey mouse" key:


    And the 100 rounder (I still need to find a pouch for it), no factory mark, no arrow, slotted key:


    If anyone knows of another variant please chime in... I'm addicted

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    Great collection...I have a few of those ...but not 10....though I do have a BCI Import and several others you have pictured. Thanks for posting....well done...

    This is the pouch I am using for the 100rd drum: https://northridgeinc.com/store/index.cfm/c188/i678
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    Talk about a niche collection. Thanks for sharing.

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    Recently scored 2 more, different 100 round drums. Brings my total to 12. 9 - 75 rounders and 3 - 100 rounders:

    This one is exactly like my previous 100 pictured above, no factory mark, no turn arrow, slotted key. Except this one is import marked:



    And this one is not factory marked, no winding arrow, but has a solid key:


    I think that might be all the different variations, although I've read rumors that the Bulgarian open-back, ((10)) marked 75 round drums are actually Chinese made. I've not handled one yet, but if it is indeed Chinese made I guess I'll have to get one of those too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot308 View Post
    They were Chinese. Some Germans were prosecuted for it.
    USDOJ: US Attorney's Office - Western District of New York

    Appears that a Brit and a German were involved. If 6,000 made it in I guess I should be able to find one relatively easily. Anyone interested in making some money?
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    (click photo to enlarge).... Notice the scrubbed Chinese markings. The web rumor spread at the time was these drums were manufactured in Bulgaria using tooling
    purchased from the Chinese. They were considered to be equal in quality to the non-importable Chinese drums and a good buy.


    Bulgarian Drum 002.JPG....Bulgarian Drum 001.JPG....Bulgarian Drum 005.JPG....Bulgarian Drum 004.JPG
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    Really cool example TRAAK's, thanks man. Good to see you posting again

    I had no clue all this time how many variations there were with these, but I shouldn't be surprised based on how much variation you guys taught me the Chinese AK's imported over the years had
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    Good to be back, even if just for a short visit.

    These drums are likely amongst the most collectible after the whole illegal importation story broke. It's amazing what lenghts someone would go to in order to make a few bucks.
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