It's a model 56 AK47. /26\ is the factory code for the military factory that built it. More photos please! Looks awesome. Something we can't easily own in the USA as there are very few transferable examples.
Thanks for giving your time...I have sent more pics...please take a look and comment....it's my rifle gifted to me by my dad and it is very beautiful...I have fired around 1000 bullets since childhood ( I'm just 21 now)...after fire when I pass the cleaning cloth attach with rope only one time, it muzzle shines again...it's outer condition isn't that good bcz it was dig in soil(during govt ban,if they found gun in your house, u shall be punished) , however it performance s very very very best. And it's voice...Ahhh!!!!That is the first factory /26\ that I have seen with a Chinese character after the model designation. That means it would have been meant for domestic use by the Chinese Army. It will also have Chinese characters for selector marks as well. The “-1” after the “56” means you have an underfolding stock model. Also unusual that 2 of the serial numbers seem to be X-ed out. Looks like an early example. The second number of the serial appears to be a “0”, if that’s the case then it would have been made in 1965.
Beautiful rifle with what looks like a lot of character. I will also say more pics please!
Mine hasChina used a numbering system based on the on the year the Type 56 AK47 was implemented. Even though it is known as a “Type 56” (for the year 1956), it was in development in 1955 so that is when the numbering system started. Chinese AK’s (and SKS’s) that have 8 digit serial numbers use the first 2 digits as the year of manufacture. A serial number of 10xxxxxx would be made in 1965 (1955 + 10 years = 1965). A serial number of 12xxxxxx would have been made in 1967 (1955 + 12 years = 1967), and a serial number of 26xxxxxx would have been made in 1981 (1955 + 26 years = 1981), etc. The only exceptions are for the first 9 years of manufacture, those serial numbers are only 7 digits. For example a serial number of 7xxxxxx would have been made in 1962 (1955 + 7 years = 1962), and so on.
Other exceptions include AK’s made odd and rare factory numbers like /416\, (9236), (5506), etc. Those and some other factories did not follow the same numbering system as the common factories /66\ and /26\. The odd factories did not have 7 or 8 digit serial numbers but were 5 or 6 digit, so the numbering system does not apply to them.
Thank you so much!Individual parts will only have the last 4-5 digits of the serial number stamped on them. It would be a waste of time and energy to stamp the full serial number on each part.
Your first photo of the factory code area appears to have the number 10534073. A 10-mil serial prefix would be the 10th year of manufacture, or 1965.