The China North Industries Corporation, officially abbreviated as Norinco, developed Norinco Type 63, sometimes erroneously referred to as the Type 68. It entered into production in 1969, but production ceased in 1978 with approximately six millions items manufactured. The rifle suffers from reliability problems and is almost uncontrollable when fired in the automatic mode. Optically, the Type 63 resembles the Simonov SKS, though it features a longer barrel and an operating mechanism based on the AK-47. The rifle has been widely exported in the past, so residual numbers may remain in use.
No longer produced.