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NORINCO Type 85

China (1985)
Picture of NORINCO Type 85 Submachine Gun (SMG) / Assault Carbine

The Type 85 submachine gun is still in use with Chinese police and PLA forces.


Detailing the development and operational history of the NORINCO Type 85 Submachine Gun (SMG) / Assault Carbine.  Entry last updated on 8/17/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Chinese Type 85 submachine gun appeared in two forms in the 1980s as a budget-conscious replacement for the Type 79 submachine gun and the Type 64 silenced submachine gun. The base submachine gun featured a blowback mechanism firing from an open bolt arrangement, a steel folding stock and the option to fire single round mode or full automatic.

The silenced version of the Type 85 features a steel silencer and fires the subsonic 7.62x25mm Type 64 cartridge though the 7.62x25mm Type 51 / TT cartridge is still available to this type of weapon at the expense of stealth.

Both versions feature the folding stock and a 30-round detachable box magazine.

Any available statistics for the NORINCO Type 85 Submachine Gun (SMG) / Assault Carbine are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin and manufacture(s) involved in bringing the weapon to market. Other qualities showcased are related to physical values such as the internal action, available calibers / chamberings, weight and lengths. Global operators are also presented in A-to-Z format as are any model variants available to the series.
Supported Mission Types:
Frontline Issuance
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Sniper
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Suppressed/Silenced
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Anti-Material
Attachment Weapon
Aircraft-Mounted
Vehicle-Mounted
Antique/Collectors
Prototype/Development
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Origin: China
Year: 1985
Type: Submachine Gun (SMG) / Assault Carbine
Manufacturer(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
Global Operators:
China
Structural - Internal Design, Dimensions, and Weights:

Operation
ACTION


System
Open Bolt; Blowback


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
7.62x25mm Type 51 / TT


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
30-round detachable box magazine


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
628 mm


Inches
24.72 in


Structural
WEIGHT


Pounds (Unloaded)
4.19 lb


Kilograms (Unloaded)
1.90 kg

Operating Performance (Typical):

Performance
Rate-of-Fire


Rounds-per-Minute
780 rpm

Variants: Series Model Variants
• Type 85 - Base Submachine Gun
• Type 85 (Silenced) - Base Submachine Gun with steel silencer; 2.5kg empty weight; 869mm length with open stock; 800 rounds per minute; 100-150m effective range; 7.62x25mm Type 64 cartridge.