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Type 70

Semi-Automatic Military Service Pistol [ 1970 ]

The Type 70 of North Korean origin is believed to be influenced by the Browning M1900 family and features qualities of the German Walther PPK and Soviet Makarov pistol series.

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A rarity in the realm of semi-automatic pistols anywhere in the world is the North Korean "Type 70". The series was adopted by the North Korean military to succeed the older Chinese NORINCO Type 64 family of the 1960s, itself based in German Walther PPK and Soviet Makarov PM pistol families (both detailed elsewhere on this site). The newer Type 70, influenced some by the Browning Model 1900, became the standard-issue officer-level sidearm of the North Korean military system when adopted in the 1970s.

Externally, the weapon borrows physical traits from both the Walther PPK and the Soviet Makarov, both successful semi-automatic pistol types in their own right. The grip handle has vertical striping for a firmer hold and the trigger is solid within its thick trigger guard. A beveled star is noticeable along the upper regions of the grip handle. The slid is smooth save for some ribbing towards the rear (for slide management) and the ejection port (along the right hand side). The muzzle section is very similar to that of the Makarov pistol design. Iron sights are noted over the receiver in the usual way.

Internally, the hammer is of single-action, blowback operation (detached barrel) and considerably exposed at the rear of the frame. Chambering is in .32 ACP which makes the gun easy to handle for most users.

The Type 70 is believed to still be in active circulation within the ranks of the North Korean Army (Democratic People's Republic of Korea).©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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North Korea


Semi-Automatic Military Service Pistol

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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
160 mm
6.30 in
Barrel Length
95 mm
3.74 in

Iron Front and Rear.


Semi-Automatic; Blowback Operation

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 / moving 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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.32 ACP (though possibly 7.62mm)

Rounds / Feed

7-Round Detachable Box Magazine (estimated).
Cartridge relative size chart
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**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
1,035 ft/sec
(315 m/sec)

Type 70 - Base Series Designation

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