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So, I recently acquired a Polytech Legend AK-47/S from a guy who claims that this is original however, I own many Polytechs and I've looked at hundreds and I've never seen one like this. I have attached a few photos in this thread to better explain why I'm unsure if this is authentic or if someone configured it this way.

The serial number is 10520 (520) and it's a all matching numbers AK.
This particular Polytech has a leather sling with the Chinese star stamped into the leather as well as 2 leather sling mount attachments w/ the Chinese star stamped into them. One around the top hand guard gas block and the second around the stock. Also, the right side of the stock is stamped with the serial number and Chinese star in the wood. The owner said he had called Polytech once before and someone said it was the real deal, however, I've also sent Chloe Keng an email for some clarification if possible but I've yet to hear back from her after 2 weeks.

If this particular Polytech came this way, can anyone tell me approximately how many were imported this way? Does the value increase because of this? Either way, I love the look and that is is one of the reasons I purchased it.

ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated and thanks for your time.
 

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I'm going to say someone has messed with the rifle based on the cut out in the selector lever. To my knowledge the Chinese never offered a selector with a cutout to be used as a BHO. Nor did they serialize a stock with a number font that large.
 

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Thanks 56type. I was aware of the selector lever. Have you have ever seen a leather sling or sling buckles like this before?
 

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The Sling & Sling Attachment straps are very interesting ,I've never seen such accoutrements but I'm just a Novice Sling Whore . ( I like the Stock Numbers & Star , but hey some purists would belittle it no doubt... BTW If that Rifle had a "Spiker" Front End it would be serious Gun Pron ...
 

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No, someone modified that gun.
 

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Thanks 56type. I was aware of the selector lever. Have you have ever seen a leather sling or sling buckles like this before?
I haven't seen anything like that at all. The only way I could see that as being original is if it was a "presentation" type gun given to a US distributor of Chinese rifles. Though once again the cut out in the selector lever was a recent thing done to try to modernize the AK and wasn't even thought of during the time frame the rifles were originally being imported. If it were mine I would swap out the selector lever for an uncut one and start looking for a buttstock to match the rest of the wood. I would also take the sling off due to the possibility of it polishing the finish off of the gas tube due to the way it attaches. Basically I would bring it back to original condition....
 

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That rifle has been HEAVILY modified.
I would suggest you sell it and not be the owner of such a horrendous piece.
Modification of that sort is a slap in face of purist owners such as myself.
I propose you send me your info so that I can promptly send you payment and take that awful looking rifle off your hands.
Yes, I know how to dispose of such butchered/bubbaed rifles.
You can thank me later.
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I appreciate you volunteering to take this off my hand, but it wouldn't be fair to stick you with such a "horrendous piece". It's safe and secure and tucked away in a nice spot right now.

I knew had to have been modified, but the mods were so unique that when I saw it, I had to have it. A spiker would really set this off, but I'm inclined to leave it just the way it is. Besides
I already have a spiker. :)

I'll thank you now, because you were the only one willing to help me out! haha


That rifle has been HEAVILY modified.
I would suggest you sell it and not be the owner of such a horrendous piece.
Modification of that sort is a slap in face of purist owners such as myself.
I propose you send me your info so that I can promptly send you payment and take that awful looking rifle off your hands.
Yes, I know how to dispose of such butchered/bubbaed rifles.
You can thank me later.
:p
 

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polytech legend owner here:

I'd remove those 2 weird leather things on the gas tube and the buttstock immediately: they look idiotic and i cant imagine the purpose unless you want to display it and never shoot it: could it of been hanging up on display in some gun museum?
i really like the sling
the rifle looks authentic although i'd need a much closer detailed image of the barrel and some of the other parts

what the hell did they do to that buttstock? I kind of do and don't like it...Isn't that 520 a marking seen on trench art yugo AK's ? Anyway, you might be able to still find some legend furniture to replace that Frankenstein stock, etc.. but it's not going to be easy ...you might have to preform a sex act etc... (IMHO as long as the gun is authentic it's still a keeper...it appears to be near mint condition)

let the force be with you on your quest & good luck (even if you like the stock it might be a good idea to have a replacement if you can get ur hands on one)
 

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Il take it! >Polytech Legend AK-47/S
Oh sorry. I thought this was the want to sell section. :p

The piece is unique. If I already had a spiker as Jman mentions, Id leave as is. Afterall, why would he want to make it look like all the other one can get ones hands on?!?
The slings add to its uniqueness. Id leave them on. It may look better with the regular muzzle nut, but thats just imho.
I tried my swindle technique so I can get my hands on it but that didnt work.
Il have to try on next member. Haha.
 

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Gator and AK, I just recently acquired a OEM Polytech Muzzle nut and I put it on the rifle. One of the members here was able to supply me with one. I agree w AK, why take it back to original, I have them already in original configuration. Think I'll leave the sling, straps and receiver lever w/ bho cut out on this one. Thanks for all the kind words, I'm happy with it as it is.

I asked Chloe Keng at Polytech about the AK and sling etc, but haven't heard back from her yet. Been a month and I probably won't hear back. :)
 

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polytech legend owner here:
I'd remove those 2 weird leather things on the gas tube and the buttstock immediately: they look idiotic
I agree. I would remove them and replace the slant brake with a muzzle nut. Aside from that, I would leave everything else "as is". Its a unique Type 3 Chicom that will continue to raise the eye brows of Chicom enthusiants.
 

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I have the same rifle NIB purchased in 1989, #P47-05574. I'm the original owner. It came with no notched selector, no added leather sling attachments and no stock markings. It did come with one each; 30 & 5 rd. mags, bayonet/scabbard, oil bottle, cleaning kit (fits in butt trapdoor), heavy green canvas sling, L-wrench and manual (copyright 1988).

I believe the leather on yours is original, as well as the butt stock markings because I have seen these on original Chinese Police versions while in China on business. I have not seen the notched selector, but it's a very functional idea in my opinion, and could also be an original special order feature. I wouldn't mess with changing it out. Very nice rifle you have there.
 

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Thanks guys for all the great info and comments. I have replaced the slant brake with a Polytech muzzle nut and it looks a lot better.

I left the sling and attachments on it as it is locked up safe and sound in the safe and will be for quite some time. :)
 
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