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    The Great Albanian vs Chinese parts thread

    In this thread there will be comparisons presented between the parts from a /66\ 1972 dimple-less Chinese Type 56, a /26\ 1990 Chinese Type 56, and a 1990 Albanian ASh-78. These 3 variations of parts are important as the /26\ Chinese can be mistaken for Albanian production as the FSB of the /26\ rifle is unique, seemingly a cross between the standard Chinese and Albanian FSB's. Parts from the /66\ show the general part types for Chinese rifles and then the Albanian parts are a crude and crass copy of the Chinese originals. Now for the pictures. First off, we will start with the barrel components.Chinese on top and Albanian on bottom. Notice how the gas blocks are different, as well as the bayonet profile. A vs C 1.jpgA vs C 2 .jpgHere the Albanian is on the left and Chinese on the right. A vs C 3.jpgA vs C 4.jpgA vs C 5.jpg
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    Now we will look at the /26\ Chinese "economy" FSB. Note how this appears similar to the Albanian, but it still different. Note that the legs on the FSB are still scalloped, while the Albanian legs go straight down. 26 Chinese FSB 1.jpg26 Chinese FSB 2.jpg26 Chinese FSB front.jpg26 Chinese FSB back 2.jpg
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    Another look at the /66\ and Albanian FSB's. The Albanian cleaning rod fits through a hole in the bottom of the FSB while the /66\ Chinese bottom of the FSB is much more opened up. A vs C 6.jpgA vs C 7.jpgA vs C 8.jpgA vs C 9.jpgA vs C 10.jpg
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    Next, lets compare the RSB's between the /66\ and Albanian. In these pictures we can also note that the trunnion of the Albanian sits flush with the top of the receiver while the Chinese has the gap found on not only Chinese rifles but all other AK variations as well. A vs C 11.jpgA vs C 12.jpgA vs C 17.jpg Albanian on left, Chinese on right. A vs C 15.jpgA vs C 16.jpg
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    Here is the /26\ RSB, it looks like the standard Chinese, not like the Albanian. Attachment 290375Attachment 290377
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    Chamber and barrel profiles between /66\ and Albanian. Albanian on left, Chinese on right. Attachment 290379 Attachment 290381 Attachment 290383
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    Stock and pistol grip differences between /66\ and Albanian. The Albanian is the stock with orange shellac. Note the Albanian profile is similar, however different and it is not quite as raked down as the Chinese. The pistol grip is much different. A vs C 25.jpgA vs C 26.jpgA vs C 27.jpgA vs C 28.jpgA vs C 29.jpg
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    Top cover and recoil rod comparison between /66\ and Albanian. Attachment 290395 Attachment 290397 Attachment 290399 Attachment 290401 Chinese on left, Albanian on right. Attachment 290403
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    Bolt carriers from the /66\ and Albanian. Chinese on top, Albanian on bottom. Very similar, but note the very rough egdes and machining on the Albanian. A vs C 44.jpgA vs C 35.jpgA vs C 36.jpgA vs C 38.jpg
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    Bolts from the /66\ and Albanian. Chinese on top, Albanian on bottom. A vs C 40.jpgA vs C 41.jpgA vs C 42.jpgA vs C 43.jpg
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    Alright, last of the pictures for now. If I missed anything or there is anything else anyone would like to see let me know! Here are the rear trunnions from the /66\ and Albanian, as well as selector markings and detents and selector levers. Albanian parts on top, Chinese on bottom. A vs C 45.jpgA vs C 46.jpgA vs C 47.jpgA vs C 48.jpgA vs C 49.jpg
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    Wow, what a thread. Thank you
    I hope to see Albanian kits coming sometime in the future. Since they are NATO now and should be adopting 5.56
    wishful thinking maybe
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    Quote Originally Posted by daefash View Post
    Wow, what a thread. Thank you
    I hope to see Albanian kits coming sometime in the future. Since they are NATO now and should be adopting 5.56
    wishful thinking maybe
    They are getting destroyed for the most part.. The Albanians get paid drinking money to drink from the "Small Arms proliferation" cool aid, and money to demill their stuff.

    Once in awhile lots do fall through- For example, WWII German weapons. Some of the bigger lots with interesting variations to hit the Euro civi market have come from Albania.

 

 

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