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North Korean Type 70 Pistol


Hi guys, thanks for tuning in to another video on Forgotten Weapons. I’m Ian. I’m here today at the Rock Island Auction House taking a look at some of the cool guns coming up for sale In their April of 2015 premiere auction, And there’s one in this auction that is just an absolute hen’s tooth. It is a North Korean ‘Type 70’ semi-automatic pistol. What makes this so incredibly cool to find is the fact that it’s North Korean, Obviously North Korea is a very insular country, they don’t export their guns and it’s extremely rare to find Especially relatively modern North Korean guns. Even North Korean SKSs are very unusual. To find a pistol like this… I frankly didn’t think I’d ever actually see one, so we’re definitely going to take this opportunity to take a closer look A little bit of background on North Korea’s automatic pistols; The first one they adopted in the relatively modern era Was the ‘Type 64’, which was a direct copy of, get this, the ‘Browning 1900’ Now you might wonder why on Earth they would copy a Browning 1900 of all things, when there are so many much more modern pistols around Well, no one obviously knows because you can’t just go and ask them But the suspicion is in 1909 a Korean military officer actually assassinated an influential Japanese politician using a Browning Model 1900. At the time of course and for pretty much ever, Japan and Korea have had a very unpleasant relationship with each other So this was an act of political defiance by this Korean officer, and it’s been memorialized And it seems likely that North Korea found a lot of symbolic value in the Browning 1900 And that’s why they decided to copy it, because of that specific incident, well It does have the one additional benefit of they’re able to easily mount a suppressor on it Because the 1900 has its barrel down below its recoil spring so they can put a regular round suppressor on it And still be able to use the sights on the pistol. Which is kind of cool. So, they only they only made those Type 64s for a little while before they also introduced the ‘Type 68’ Which is a pretty generic copy of the ‘Tokarev’ pistol And that was what was used for standard military troops and officers There’s only the high-ranking guys that got the more special pistols like the 64 and like this Type 70. This is in .32 Automatic, and it has some elements very reminiscent of a number of different designs So why don’t I bring the camera back here and we’ll take a closer look and see all the good details. Alright, so, obviously we’ll start by pointing out the big North Korean Emblem on both sides of the grips. And the markings on the side of the slide here say “Type 70”, then we have that star again and “7.62” This it’s interesting as this is actually 7.65, It’s in .32 ACP or 7.65mm Browning. Looking at the mechanical details, this has elements of the PPK, has elements of the Makarov, But it’s not a direct copy of any single gun. So we have an exposed hammer, but it’s single action only. Once the hammer is down the trigger doesn’t do anything. Although you can see it moving back there above the grip. From the front it has a profile that is actually pretty distinctively Makarov looking, but it’s not a Makarov. The safety is this crossbar right here, Push it in and it’s on safe, like so We have a heel magazine release. The magazine on this particular one is mismatched. But I don’t think that’s a big issue considering your chances of ever finding another Type 70. There we go, seven round capacity in our magazine. It does lock open on an empty magazine, but then nothing holds the slide open when you pull the mag out. So if you lock it open and then pull the magazine it drops the slide immediately. Alright, so the other function of this safety button is to actually act as the main disassembly catch So what we do, let me take the magazine out, We push this button Hold a little bit of tension back here And it’s interesting, the barrel is not fixed, the barrel is in the slide. So I actually want to hold a little bit of tension on the barrel and I can push that button through See it starts to come out this side and just hold there… I’ll use my ‘precision plastic disassembly tool’ here And this locking block comes right out. Then the slide comes off the top of the gun We have a very simple frame right there What’s more interesting is the way the slide is put together. We have our removable barrel. It is actually not fixed to the frame. It is simply held in place by that locking block, connected to the frame. The barrel assembly and recoil spring come out just like this. And I believe, I could be wrong, but I believe this is just a little recoil buffer. So that’s it. That’s all there is to this guy. Short barrel. It’s actually a very comfortable gun to handle. Typical spring-loaded firing pin, you can see that working there. No frame-mounted safety like you would find on a PPk or a Makarov. No decocker. It’s not double-action, you just have your crossbolt safety. So, to reassemble, stick that in Compress the recoil spring Drop the barrel down into place like that And then this slides right on And you can see the lug lining up right down there This actually needs to come through from this side Just hold that back And it goes in through the spring and there we go, safe and ready to fire. Well, thanks for watching guys, I hope you enjoyed the video It’s certainly a treat to get a chance to look at a gun that is so unusual as this North Korean Type 70 What’s even cooler is that it is for sale! So if you’d like to own this for your own personal collection, perhaps you represent the CIA And you don’t have one of these in your institutional collection, and you’d like it, well I have a link below to Rock Island’s catalog page for it So you can take a look at their catalog description, their high-res pictures And get all the information you need to set up an account and place a bid or come down here to Illinois and bid in person Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “North Korean Type 70 Pistol

  1. Is this what is considered a blowback design, since here is no unlocking of the barrel as the slide moves back?

  2. To bad you never actually shoot any of these firearms.
    Also to all of you “gun” fanatics tell your drill instructor you forgot your gun!!
    You will quite quickly learn the difference between your rifle your pistol and your gun.

  3. 7.62. Hmm..
    I wondered if they were measuring the barrel diameter from inner bore to inner bore instead of bullet-size…

  4. North Korea actually exports a lot of weapons- it’s a big source of revenue for the government. They obviously don’t to the US, however, and by the looks of it this is an older weapon so it is quite a find. Probably brought back from the Korean war, no? We have weapons brought back from WW2. Unless this weapon is from after the Korean war (which I may have missed) I’d venture to guess that was the source.

  5. I wonder if I farted in a jar the North Koreans would call it a chemical weapon… what’s that falling toward my house. FUCK ITS A NUKE…

    Oh wait it’s North Korean it fell into the sea 4 hours ago 😉

  6. This is far simpler than most pistols, right? I'm no expert but this looks like it was made in a garage. It's beautiful, but looks very rugged

  7. <North Korean Pistol>
    Mauser C96(Chinese Copy)
    Nambu 14(Japanese)
    FN Baby Browning 1910(North Korean Agent(Spy))
    Type 64(FN Browning M1900 Copy)
    TT30 Tokarev/TT33 Tokarev, Type 66 Pistol (North Korean Tokarev)
    PP(Walther) + Tokarev + Makarov = Type 70
    Machine Pistol: Cž Vz.61
    New Pistol : Hi Power, Baek Du San Pistol(Cž.75 Copy)/Automatic Cž.75 (Using KPA, KPA Special Forces, North Korean Police)

  8. Even though I strongly suspect its empty..it still gives me the "oogies" to see Ian try to disassemble it with his fingers over the muzzle.

  9. Channel presenter: "Here we have a very nice North Korean pistol, very rare and you seldom see these out of the country. The serial number is 2058…."

    Poor NK army sap who was assigned this particular serial number: "Oh boy…am I fucked…"

  10. What's the point of the slide locking on an open mag if it drops when you pull the mag? Still gonna have to rack it again after reload. Could just push a button and drop the slide on a fresh mag but I guess that would be stupid.

  11. What is it with red, blue white and 5-pointed stars? North corea, russia and the USA all share the same colors and used a 5 pointed star at some point in time as an enblem. Feels allmost generic.

  12. The Canadian public is legally protected from this extraordinarily powerful and dangerous weapon, because its barrel length (and, I think, calibre), make it a "prohibited weapon" so we can all feel safe. (At least until Li'l Kim gets his ICBMs sorted.)

  13. Looks like a perfect fit for Oddjob. Short little cheating bastard zooming around blasting kneecaps for the easy kill. Be Jaws as punishment, or GTFO.

  14. First video I disliked for your incorrect use of "semi-automatic" and "automatic" at the beginning of your video. Very disappointed, something CNN would do.

  15. "Perhaps your with the C.I.A., and would like to add this gun to your collection?" Funny, but I bet they've got a couple.

  16. I have watched 0:45 of this video and already i want to say… that… is a LOVELY! looking artwork of fine and exquisite machining, the engineer who crafted such a thing should be HIGHLY! regarded!

  17. I think its interesting how in industries as different as missile submarines to sidearms, the North Koreans don't just copy the Chinese or the Soviet designs and have actually evolved their own unique arms industry.

  18. Lots of smug Americans here slagging this off but It seems as though it works well enough from what this gent says. I seem to remember another Communist weapon that helped simple rice farmers beat a high tech superpower in Vietnam. Now in Afghanistan old Soviet AK47 are doing the same to the 14000 American invaders forces and for far longer, looting countries is not easy is it?.

  19. Trumpdumb brought it back as a gift from Kim Dung!.. He sold it on ebay . You know with him its all about the Ruble!

  20. My father does has same like this but there are no such NK stars, its called 38 bore (380 ACP), probably, a copy of this kind of pistol, Its a small pistol with a very loud sound and recoil. Very powerful.

  21. This is exactly like seeing German Walther 9 mm for me. When I see such things, I realize evil is actually in the mind than the tools used to commit it. It’s not about Walthers or Glocks, it’s about the minds who own them. I’m drinking my 5th drink .. drinking scotch by the way…

  22. I get the feeling that everyone watching this video are not the only people to ever look down the barrel of that gun…. fuck north korea.
    P.s. I did not capitalize the N or K for reason.

  23. I am Korean. The gun has Korean letters “조선” (North Korea) printed on it. It is a genuine North Korean gun because South Korean guns have “대한민국” (South Korea) printed on theirs.

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