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Type 70


Semi-Automatic Military Service Pistol


North Korea | 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).

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Type 70. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
160 mm
6.30 in
O/A Length
95 mm
3.74 in
Barrel Length
Semi-Automatic; Blowback Operation
Action
.32 ACP (though possibly 7.62mm)
Caliber(s)
7-Round Detachable Box Magazine (estimated).
Feed
Iron Front and Rear.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Type 70. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
165 ft
50.3 m | 55.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
1,035 ft/sec
315 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Type 70 Semi-Automatic Military Service Pistol family line.
Type 70 - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Type 70. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): State Factories - North Korea
National flag of North Korea

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Design Qualities
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PISTOL/SIDEARM
Recognition
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