m76 7.62x39

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Matrix23
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m76 7.62x39

Post by Matrix23 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:16 pm

can any one tell me the difference between the milled and stamped m76 folders in 7.62 x 39. how many were actually imported ?

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Joe

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Post by GoodGuy » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:47 pm

I think the 2 most obvious differences are 1) the receiver itself, one being milled and the other being fabricated with stamped sheet steel and 2) the direction the stock folds. The stock folds to the left on stamped receiver models and to the right (ejection port side) on milled receiver models.

A lot of collectors have tried to determine the number of M76 rifles chambered in 7.62x39, but I've never heard a definitive number. During the mid-1990's, I was told that about 100 semi-auto wood stocked models and about 50 semi-auto tube stock models (stamped and milled, fixed and folding) were imported into the USA. I've never heard a number for select fire models. Those numbers "feel" low to me based on the numbers I see traded. Still, the rifles are relatively rare compared to the total number of assault style rifles brought into the USA during the 1980s. I think a lot of people (myself included) thought they were dirt ugly and ignored them until the 1989 ban on imports.
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