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Type 56

The Norinco Type 56

The Norinco Type 56 is a Chinese assault rifle.


The Type 56 originates from the People's Republic of China, who began manufacturing them in 1956. They became prominent during the Cold War and were exported all over the world. As a result many forces from many different countries used them, so much so that they overshadowed the popularity of the original AK-47 and AKM rifles. Production continued and the Type 56 was used in many different wars and conflicts in history.


  • Cartridge: 7.62x39mm
  • Action: Select fire
  • Weight: 8.38 lb. (3.8 kg.)
  • Length: 34.7 in. (882 mm.)
  • Barrel Length: 16.3 in. (414 mm.)
  • Capacity': 20, 30, or 40 rounds (depending on magazine)

On Criminal Minds[]

  • Season Two
    • Somali ("Distress") - A militia which utilized Type 56s during their time at war in Somalia. They can be seen in flashbacks had by the episode's unsub. Later on, as his PTSD worsens he begins hallucinating SWAT officers as Somali soldiers armed with Type 56s.



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