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AK-47 Copies in .22-caliber
revised November 4, 2015
Accessories, Manuals & Parts | Information, Specifications & Values
Disassembly | Buying or Selling? | Photos | also see the Galil copy page

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MAK22

AK-47 copies, as with most military copies, have been made and/or imported by more than one company. Some are much better than others. Most of their parts seem to interchange pretty well, some perfectly. The photos and notes at the bottom of the page will help you tell some of them apart. It appears that Mitchell has imported both types of copies, so examination of Mitchell types is important if quality matters to you. Here are some of the brands, importers, and models:

Some Brands & Importers
(alphabetical order)

Some Model Numbers
(alphabetical order)

  • Armi-Jager
  • Armscorp Precision
  • Armscor
  • Bingham
  • E.M.F.
  • K.B.I.
  • Kassnar
  • Mitchell
  • Ruko
  • Squires-Bingham
  • AK-22
  • AK-47/22
  • AP-80
  • M-AK22
  • M-AK22F
  • MAK-22
  • MAK-22F

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Accessories, Manuals & Parts
If you need accessories, manuals, and parts for these guns, also check the resources on the main page of this site. Also, some particularly useful sources for these models are shown below.

Owner's Manuals:

Exploded Parts Views:

Magazines & Parts

Forrest, Inc. (info@gunmags.com - www.gunmags,com ) has WMP brand Squires-Bingham 15-round .22LR rifle mags priced at 6 for $89.50 or 12 for $160.00 and delivery is usually two weeks or so. Call: 619-561-5800 or 888-372-5968, Fax: 888-486-2547 or Write: Forrest, Inc. P.O. Box 326, Lakeside, CA 92040 Web site but THESE DO NOT FIT AP-74s! They're not listed on the Web site, but they do list them in their GunList ads.

A correspondent informs me that magazines intended for the Armscor Model 20 (and similar) 15-rounders will fit in the M-16, M-1600, AK-47/22, AK-22, and the various other similar and identical types. And these mags are usually cheaper.

The photo at left shows a comparison, and you can see that other than the "dummy" box part surrounding the bottom half, they look virtually identical.

It will look a bit funny in the rifle, but what the heck? It works! I would imagine that the mags would almost all be functional. One could even fashion a dummy box.



Another correspondent reports:

"I recently purchased an Armscor AK-22 which came with 1 10 round mag. I was able to purchase a couple 15 round mags which did not have the fake AK-47 type housing. I popped out the pin that was holding the 10 round mag in the fake housing. At the bottom was a cut off scrap of a magazine being used to shim up the 10 rounder. The fake housing was actually made for a 15 round magazine. I pulled the shim out with a needle nose plyers and slipped in the 15 rounder. It fits perfectly. Now all I need to do is drill a small hole through the fake housing and the bottom of the 15 round mag and put the pin back in the new hole. These 15 rounders fit without installing them in the fake housing; however they look better in the housing."

"The 10 round mags, complete with housing can be purchased from KBI for $31 including shipping and handling."

"I appreciate your website."

- WJM

Also, upon examining the Squires - Bingham listing in the Gun Parts Corporation catalog, it's pretty obvious that a lot of the parts from the model 20 (and similar) will fit the M-16, M-1600, AK-47/22, AK-22, etc. Look under "Armscor Squires Bingham" and "Jaeger Kassnar" in the catalog's index. (I think the "Jaeger" is just "Jager" misspelled).

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Information, Specifications & Values
If you want more information than I have here, also check the resources on the main page of this site.

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Disassembly Procedure

From "Soldier of Fortune" magazine, July 1987, "Assault Rifle Look-Alikes" by Peter G. Kokalis:

"Disassembly procedures are the same for the AK-22, Galil-22 and MAS-22. Remove the magazine and clear the chamber. Make sure the hammer is cocked. Push in the bolt stop/cover latch and lift off the receiver cover. Push the cup-shaped, recoil-spring holder forward about an inch and lift off the bolt stop/cover latch. Relieve pressure on the recoil spring and withdraw the recoil spring assembly to the rear. Retract the bolt fully rearward and lift up and out of the receiver. No further disassembly is required. Reassemble in the reverse order"

The retail values shown below are from the Blue Book of Gun Values are based on the NRA formula for percentage finish condition. These values usually vary from actual market prices.

Remember - value is often defined as what someone will pay for it! (MSRP stands for manufacturer's suggested retail price).

Armscor M-AK22(S)
18-1/2" barrel, 10-round magazine (15-round mag discontinued), mahogany stock & forearm, 7 lbs.

VALUES
NRA Condition  Retail 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
Retail Values  $215   185  155 130 110 90  80  75

Armscor M-AK22(F)
similar to M-AK22, except has metal folding stock and and 30-round mag. Discontinued in 1995.

VALUES
NRA Condition  Retail 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
Retail Values  $299   235  185 160 130 100 90  80 
last MSRP was $299

Bingham AK-22
Bingham, Ltd., Norcross, Georgia (1976-1985) manufactured these with a 15-shot magazine standard, and a 29-shot magazine was available as an option. Standard model has beechwood stock, and deluxe model had walnut stock. Discontinued in 1985.

VALUES
NRA Condition  Retail 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
Retail Values         225  195 160 145 135 125 110
last MSRP was $230, add $20 for deluxe model

E.M.F. Kalashnikov AK-47 (AP-80)
Importer and distibutor located in Santa Ana, CA. Importation discontinued in 1989.

VALUES
NRA Condition  Retail 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
Retail Values         295  250 200 175 155 145 135
last MSRP was $295

Mitchell AK-22
Mitchell Arms was a manufacturer, importer, and distribtuor located at 2101 East 4th Street, Suite 201A, Santa Ana, CA, 92705. This rifle was available in ,22LR and .22MAG (new in 1988), high quality European walnut or folding stock, 20-shot magazine, 16-1/2" barrel, built-in cleaning rod, 4.9 pounds empty. It was manufactured from 1985 to 1994.

At least at some point in time, Mitchell and E.M.F. seem to have imported the Armi Jager (Loano, Italy) model AP-80 (or AP80). With this in mind, it's a good idea to refer back and forth between the E.M.F. and Mitchell information.

VALUES
NRA Condition  Retail 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
Retail Values         235  195 175 160 145 130 120
last MSRP was $266, add $40 for folding stock

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Buying or Selling?
If you're looking to buy or sell one of these type rifles, they're usually easy to find on GunsAmerica.com and other sites. There are many dealers out there who have the Armscor types. The Armi-Jager / Mitchell types are much harder to find.

Past / Present Manufacturers, Importers & Distributors

  • Armscor (Arms Corporation of the Philippines) importation:
    to 1991 - Armscorp Precision, San Mateo, CA
    1990 to 1995 - 1991 Ruko Sporting Goods, Inc., Buffalo, NY
    1995 to the present - K.B.I., Inc., Harrisburg, PA

  • 02/13/2001: Armscor (Arms Corporation of the Philippimes) M-1600 and AK-22 model rifles (and several other Armscor guns) are now being imported via Armscor Precision, Inc. Have your dealer or wholesaler contact them:

    Armscor Precision, Inc.
    5329 South Cameron, Suite 110
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
    phone: (702) 362-7750
    fax: (702) 362-5019
    e-mail:
    apiusa@earthlink.net

  • K.B.I.
    P.O. Box 6625
    Harrisburg, PA 17112 USA
    phone (717) 540-8518
    fax (717) 540-8567
    11/20/2001: Also see KBI's Web site at http://www.kbi-inc.com.

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Photos
Here are some photos, in no particular order. I may have some of them labeled incorrectly, but it's the best I could do with the smattering of information I have.

It seems that one way to tell apart the Armscor types from the Armi-Jager / Mitchell types is that the forestock on the Armscor types are fatter, with the bottom edge coming down below the magazine well.

Armscor type AK-47/22, AK-22, MAK-22, etc.

Armscor type AK-47/22, AK-22, MAK-22, etc.

Mitchell AK-22 (Armi-Jager AP-80 type)

Armi-Jager AP-80

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