Although outwardly it looks like the famous AK, the Type 81 uses the Simonov carbine principle with a shortened gas piston stroke and a number of improvements that reduce recoil. At the end of the 80, a civilian version of the rifle was created, which fell into the list of "allowed" weapons for the American market for several months - in 1989, it was forbidden to import it, the website reports all4shooters.com.
To date, the specialists of North China Industries Corporation (NORINCO) have completely refined the concept by launching the production of a new semi-automatic version of the civilian Type 81 assault rifle, which received the designation NR-81.
The NR-81 rifle uses 7.62x39mm cartridges and magazines from an AK machine gun. It is completely steel with accessories made from brown plastic.
Three different versions of the rifle were created: NR-81S, NR-81S1 with the same receiver (45 barrel length, cm), but the NR-81S has a fixed butt, and the NR-81S1 has a folding metal butt with a plastic insert. Model NR-81S2 - is a civilian version of the Type 81 light machine gun with a modified butt, as well as a weighted and elongated barrel with folding bipod.