we’ve talked about the exportation companies, as well as the
production factories. Now let’s move to the actual companies
responsible for importing the Chinese Kalashnikovs into the hands
of the American Public. This is the name most commonly found on
the left side of the receiver, sometimes underneath and forward
of the magazine well. These companies included:
Sports: Clay Center, KS under the trunnion (left side).
Ling Hua Factory
MADE IN CHINA
The Folding stock
models were produced in the Min Shan Factory. Min Shan guns had
“blued” bolt carriers, while the Ling Hua guns had “bare”
bolt carriers. They all came with black fiberglass type stocks,
not wood.Front sight was of the "closed" variety. The
top cover was stamped with a warning:
TO THIS FIREARM ARE UNSAFE AND ILLEGAL
Also note the
front sight on these are of the open variety, not closed. Serial
numbers usually are just a standard six digit type. Although bluing
on the new guns is deep and rich, it wears very easily. These guns
are rumored to have been manufactured as close to Chinese military
guns as possible. These guns were featured in the September1984
(pgs42~45) Edition of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. These
were ca. late 83~84 before the deluge of Norincos and Polys. They
sported a matching detachable AKM style bayonet. Note: The first
two sentences of Page 2 of the Clayco Owners Manual shows the Norinco
symbol at the top of the page: "We are proud that you have
chosen a CLAYCO SPORTS firearm. This firearm is manufactured by
China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), a comprehensive state
enterprise combining manufacturing and trade, and an independent
economic corporate body operating under the guidance of the government
State Arms Distribution located in California. They had many locations
including Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, and Santa Fe,
CA. These guns are the most mysterious as they arrived in America
about the same time as the Clayco guns, except they had less manufacturing
markings. They simply state 7.62x39mm “Made in China”
GSAD, in a usually faint roll stamping, that’s it…no
factory codes and no exporter markings. Many argue these got here
before the Claycos, thus the reason for the additional markings
on the Claycos. The majority of these rifles were bought up by companies
in Hollywood to be used in the production of movies and have come
to be referred to as “movie guns.” In the late 1980s,
production of movies showcasing the Vietnam War had tapered off
and the movie guns were sold by the hundreds by the movie houses
to distributors nationwide. GSAD however, had been in the firearms
importation business for many years prior. Their claim to fame was
being an importer of Enfield type rifles. They also imported weapons
under the name Globco as early as 1957. GSAD is also to have been
rumored as the source of firearms for the Bay of Pigs invasion,
as well a clandestine asset of the Central Intelligence Agency.
GSAD is known to have imported rifles in the 053xx range, as well
as atleast serial #'s 0787x through 09xxx, in both fixed stock and
underfolding configurations. "Double-underfold" models
with folding spike bayonets and underfolding stocks have also been
reported. GSAD imports are usually marked over the trigger guard
on the left side of the receiver:
Was a company incorporated in Los Angeles, California in May of
1986. They were reportedly an import company owned exclusively by
the PLA. Guangdon Lingnan Ind. Corp GLNIC LA CA is "GLNIC Corporation
of America", a company based in California, but owned by the
People's Liberation Army of China. GLNIC may stand for "Guangdon
Lingnan Ind. Corp." or "Guangdon Lingnan Import Company".
The letters "CGA" may be stamped on the trunnion ahead
of the serial number on early-import GLNIC AK47S rifles, and it
appears that CGA was the exporter for pre-1989 GLNIC-imported AK47S
and SKS rifles (later rifles were exported by Norinco).
Corporation of America
10501 Valley Blvd Suite 230
El Monte, CA 91731
Registered Agent: Jun Liu
Officers: Jun Liu, CEO/Sec.
Shao Chun LIU, CFO
Directors: Gen Bao Zone, Shao Chun LIU, Jun Liu
Dominion Investment Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia was a group
headed by a gentleman who was actually an Attorney-at-Law. A number
of years ago he passed away from a heart attack, and people assisted
his wife in continuing the business by partnering with Intrac. Together
they formed Intrac/Dominion Importing for these rifles.
Territorial Armory: Was a division of:
Protection Systems, Inc.
4455 S. Park, Suite 106,
Tucson, AZ 85714
C.J.A: China Jing-An, Which was an importer that
went out of business when they got busted by Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms (ATF) for Importing some Full-Auto Korean AKs and trying
to sell them to the general public. They were a company owned and
controlled by Central Military Commission (People’s Armed
Police) in charge of internal security and riot control. CJA was
also in charge of Jing-An Equipment Import-Export (CJA EQUIP.)
trading in small arms, riot control, and security equipment. Additionally,
they were in charge of CHINA ANHUA DEVELOPMENT, which operates about
70 enterprises. "China Jing An" or "Jing An China".
Most China Jing An goods are not marked as such, whereas PROCHINE
exports are clearly marked "PROCHINE CORP". All Chinese
"manufacturers" of semi-auto Kalashnikov type rifles were
little more than exportation fronts set up by the Chinese government.
As an example, China Jing An is owned by the People's Armed Police,
and Polytech is controlled by the People's Liberation Army.
Was located in Boylston, MA
They were located
in Boylston, Massachusetts, and was both an importer/exporter and
a firearms retail store. ARMCO was owned and operated by Stephen
A. Holmquist, who was arrested in October 1991 and convicted on
November 5, 1992 on six counts of importing firearms by means of
false statements, and three counts of exporting restricted firearms
to China. ARMCO is known to have imported atleast serial #'s 04440
through 05000, as well as rifles in the 073xx range. ARMCO imports
are marked under the receiver, ahead of the magwell:
They were incorporated in addition to distributing a wide variety
of firearms and related accessories (including the manufacturing
of stocks and grips).
CENTRE MARKET PL
Royal Arms International. Owner :Randolph J. Brill. They've been
importing guns since the 1970s. RAI guns from this manufacturer/exporter
does range from 8700001 to 8704400. The 87 stand for the import
year 1987. RAI guns came with the red/orange bakelite blades, with
serial numbers stamped to match the gun. Also, fome of the early
RAI guns were stamped FTC Woodland Hills, CA
Guns were stamped:
WOODLAND HILLS, CA.
Woodland hills, CA 91365-6083
Phone: (818) 704-5110 Fax: (818) 887-2059
CO: Was located in Sacramento, California and incorporated
in May 1986. All examples seen were from factory 66.
International: Was incorporated in December 1985.
Firearms Specialties (KFS)Atlanta
Georgia: Was responsible for importing some of the most popular
Kalashnikov Rifles. KFS guns had very desirable features that differed
from other standard imports. A spring loaded firing pin, larger
checkered pistol grip, along with an overall better fit /finish
on wood and metal made this one of the most sought after rifles.
These upgrades were suggestions by Peter Kokalis, in an article
written by him for SOF magazine. These were manufactured in factory
/416\ (early), and (386) (late).
B-West imported weapons as well as manufactured weapons from parts
kits. Their imported weapons are perfectly made as they're Norinco
or other Chinese arsenal weapons. Their receivers are ones to avoid.
They didn't heat treat the guide rails in the receiver, causing
much deformation after as little as 2000 rounds. Be sure you're
looking at a B-West import and not B-West manufactured guns before
NASI- Midland Texas