The Type 85 submachine gun is still in use with Chinese police and PLA forces.
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Credit: Right side profile view of the Chinese Type 85 submachine gun
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.
Manufacturing China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security
628 mm (24.72 in)
4.19 lb (1.90 kg)
Open Bolt; Blowback
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.
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