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Type 68
Type 68 assault rifle
Country of origin

North Korea

Designer(s)

Mikhail Kalashnikov

Year(s) designed

1968

Production began

1968

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

7.62×39mm

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

34.6 in (88 cm)

Barrel length

16.3 in (41.5 cm)

Weight

7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round box magazine

Maximum effective range

400 meters, 100 to 1,000 meters (adjusted sight)

Muzzle velocity

715 m/s

Used by

Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Nicaragua, North Korea, Peru, and Rwanda

The Type 68 is a North Korean assault rifle.

Overview

The Type 68 is a variant of the Soviet AKM assault rifle. However, it lacks the anti-bounce mechanism that is installed in most AK variants. This means that the bolt and carrier of the Type 68 bounce when firing, sometimes causing it to misfire. Since anti-bounce mechanisms are not hard to manufacture or install, it is not exactly known why the Type 68 lacks this feature. The quality of North Korean rifles is reported to be quite good internally, but externally the rifles are apparently quite rough.

The Type 68 has been made with a folding stock, designated the Type 68-1. North Korea has also produced AK-74 clones, known as the Type 88 rifle, some of which have side-folding stocks or top-folding stocks.