Norinco Polytech MAK-90 7.62×39 16.25” Rifle Milled Chinese AKM AK47

SOLD FOR: $1,525

WOA#: WY240202JT016

Make: Norinco / Polytech 386

Model: MAK-90 Sporter

Serial Number: 20677

Year of Manufacture: 1990-1994, Pre-Ban

Caliber: 7.62×39

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Gas Operated Long Stroke Piston

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with an ovaled “386”, “20677”, “MAK-90 / CAL. 7.62X39”, “C.A.I. ST.ALB.VT / MADE IN CHINA / BY NORINCO”.  The dust cover, bolt carrier, bolt head, and metal on the upper handguard are all serialized with matching numbers to the receiver. There is a Norinco Stamp on the bottom of the receiver and “MADE IN / CHINA”.  The rubber buttpad is marked “386 / MADE IN CHINA”.

Barrel Length: 16.25”.

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a hooded post and the rear sight is a “U” tangent notch marked from “1 – 8” and “D”.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The buttstock is a fixed wood thumbhole stock with vented rubber buttpad marked “386 MADE IN CHINA”.  The two piece handguard is wood matching the buttstock.  The LOP measures about 13.75” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.  There are no chips or cracks.  There are a few handling marks and compressions. This is a milled receiver.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.

Type of Finish: Blued.

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is no erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some light scratches and scuffs on the receiver and dust cover but nothing out of the ordinary for a Norinco import. There is minor thinning on the leading edges. The screwheads show some tooling and the pins are unmarred.  The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  None.

Our Assessment:  The Norinco MAK90 stands as a fascinating chapter in the long history of AK-47 variants. Manufactured by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), this semi-automatic rifle was specifically designed for export to the United States. The MAK90, or “Modified AK 1990,” emerged as a response to the 1989 U.S. import ban on “assault-style” firearms, which included previous Norinco models like the Type 56. As a workaround, the MAK90 comes with features that allow it to bypass import restrictions, such as a thumbhole stock and the absence of a bayonet lug or threaded muzzle, making it a unique artifact of international gun legislation.

The Norinco MAK90 serves as an intriguing blend of geopolitics and firearm design. While it is shaped by the regulatory landscape, it in no way compromises on the performance and reliability that one would expect from an AK-47 variant. Whether you’re interested in the firearm’s backstory, its functionality, or both, the MAK90 offers a compelling package. It stands as a testament to the adaptability and enduring appeal of the AK platform, capturing a unique moment in time while providing a versatile and reliable shooting experience.

This MAK 90 has a milled receiver which is a bit more uncommon for the MAK 90 imports.  This rifle has an exceptional bore and original stocks which makes this a collectable piece for the best of AK collections.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid!  -L.S.

Norinco Polytech MAK-90 7.62x39 16.25” Rifle Milled Chinese AKM AK47
Norinco Polytech MAK-90 7.62×39 16.25” Rifle Milled Chinese AKM AK47