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NORINCO QBB-95 (Type 95)

Light Support Weapon (LSW) / Light Machine Gun (LMG)

China | 1997

"The NORINCO QBB-95 Light Support Weapon is an offshoot of the QBZ-85 assault weapon line."

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The QBZ-95 is currently (2017) the standard-issue assault rifle of the Chinese Army (People's Liberation Army = PLA) and its design forms the basis for a family of related weapons. Its Light Support Weapon (LSW) form is the QBB-95 and this system maintains the same bullpup-style arrangement with the feed and action centered along the aft section of the length. This allows a full-length barrel to be used without much added overall length. What this does is create a modular weapons family with high commonality of parts between them - one weapon designed to undertake a variety of battlefield roles.

Production of the QBB-95 began in 1995 though the gun was first observed in 1997.

The QBB-95 is chambered for the indigenous Chinese 5.8x42mm cartridge developed in the 1980s for the Chinese military. It is an intermediate rifle round comparable to the American 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. A short-stroke, gas-operated system with rotating bolt makes up the firing action and feeding is by way of 30-round detachable box magazine through a 75-round drum is also supported. Due to its bullpup configuration, the feeding is aft of the pistol grip and trigger unit. Over the receiver of the weapon are standard fixtures such as a long-running carrying handle and sighting devices. The barrel protrudes a distance away from the forend and is capped by slotted flash hider / compensator. Muzzle velocity of the outgoing bullets is 3,180 feet-per-second with an effective firing range between 600 and 800 meters.

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As a Light Support Weapon (LSW), the product is intended to be featured at the squad level, giving voluminous fire while promoting a compact footprint. The 5.8mm cartridge, a slightly heavier design compared to the 5.56mm, provides good penetrative power in instances where the older 5.56mm cartridge sees its effectiveness somewhat reduced at medium-to-long ranges. As such the QBB-95 fulfills a vital role in infantry actions, particularly in urban settings where ranges are more constrained but can expand to cover street blocks.

A variant of the QBB-95 family is the QBB-97 which is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO and primarily aimed at export. Operators of the QBB-95 beyond China currently (2017) include Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

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The physical qualities of the NORINCO QBB-95 (Type 95). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
840 mm
33.07 in
O/A Length
600 mm
23.62 in
Barrel Length
8.71 lb
3.95 kg
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt; Selective-Fire
5.8x42mm DBP87; 5.56x45mm NATO
30-round detachable box magazine; 75-round detachable drum magazine.
Iron Front and Rear
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NORINCO QBB-95 (Type 95). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
2,300 ft
701.0 m | 766.7 yds
3,200 ft/sec
975 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Notable series variants as part of the NORINCO QBB-95 (Type 95) Light Support Weapon (LSW) / Light Machine Gun (LMG) family line.
QBB-95 - Base Series Designation
Type 95 - Alternative Designation
QBB-97 - Export Model Designation chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the NORINCO QBB-95 (Type 95). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
National flag of China National flag of Sri Lanka

[ Cambodia; China; Sri Lanka ]
Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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