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Semi-Automatic Service Pistol [ 2011 ]

The QX-04, used by Chinese military and police units, was debuted in May of 2011.

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As it stands today (2017), the modern Chinese Army (People's Liberation Army = PLA) showcases no fewer than ten accepted semi-automatic handgun types. This includes the locally-designed, developed and produced QX-04 series used by both the Army and several police units of China. The overseeing brand label of the product is China South Industries Group Corporation and manufacturing began in 2011.

Outwardly, the QX-04 offers a most modern appearance. It has a full-length slide component over the barrel and action that is ribbed for better management. The slide also showcases iron sights for aiming. The slide release and safety controls are set to the sides of the slide in the usual way. The pistol grip is well-contoured to better fit the hand and doubles as the magazine well, magazines inserted into the base. The grip section also contains the magazine release. The trigger is thin and is protected by a ring. Under the front end of the gun is a short section of rail for supporting various tactical accessories including aimers and flashlights.

The QX-04 is primary chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge but also comes in other chambered forms to support other popular rounds including 7.62x25mm Tokarev, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Using these other cartridges requires changing out of certain major components including the barrel and magazine to accommodate the different sized rounds at play. In this way, the pistol is quite modular and ready to suit operator requirements. In any case, the semi-automatic function of the weapon relies on some sort of proven blowback action.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

China national flag graphic


Semi-Automatic Service Pistol

China South Industries Group (CSGC) - China
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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
190 mm
7.48 in
Barrel Length
110 mm
4.33 in
Empty Wgt
1.65 lb
0.75 kg

Iron Front and Rear.


Semi-Automatic; Blowback

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
Blowback Operation
Gas pressure from the rearward movement of the ignited cartridge case provides the needed bolt movement, ejecting the spent case and stripping a fresh case from the magazine.
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9x19mm Parabellum; .45 ACP; 7.62x25mm Tokarev; .40 S&W (model dependent).

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Graphical image of a .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

15-Round Detachable Box Magazine (depending on chambering).
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
165 ft
(50 m | 55 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,150 ft/sec
(351 m/sec)

QX-04 - Base Series Designation.
CS/LP6 - Alternative Designation.

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