The Type-56 is a Chinese-made version of the Soviet SKS, a semi-automatic rifle designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov in 1944. Though the Soviets quickly phased out the SKS in favor of the AK-47 assault rifle by Mikhail Kalashnikov, many were sold to communist nations such as China, who developed the SKS into the Type 56 with the aid of the Soviets. Communist Vietnamese forces acquired many of these rifles from China.
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- In Battlefield Vietnam, the Type 56 has a folded-in bayonet, which cannot be used in-game.