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Type 77

Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol [ 1985 ]

The Type 77 was a Taiwanese take on the classic Israeli UZI 9mm submachine gun.

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The popularity of the legendary Israeli UZI 9mm submachine gun throughout the 1960s and 1970s inevitably prompted gunmakers to reproduce its excellent qualities with local flair. For the island nation of Taiwan, ever under the threat of invasion from China, the Type 77 was the result. In both form and function, the Type 77 reproduces the well-known capabilities of the Israeli submachine gun / machine pistol, providing users with a perfectly compact, effective Personal Defense Weapon (PDW).

The Type 77 saw design work in or around 1985 and serial manufacture was handled by the Hsing Hua Arsenal of Taiwan.

The design incorporates the same pistol grip / magazine well for compactness and sports iron sights fore and aft over the receiver. The charging handle is positioned directly at the midway point of the gun. The barrel protrudes from the frame only slightly, allowing the weapon to retain a very compact form. The skeletal shoulder support is foldable over the frame of the submachine gun, reducing overall length considerably. The trigger group is integrated as part of the pistol grip handle, completing a very robust design.

Overall weight is 6.2 lb when empty / unloaded and overall length reaches 24.02 inches with the wire stock fully extended. The latter quality is reduced to just 13.19 inches with the stock collapsed. The barrel assembly is 8.46 inches long.

Internally, the Type 77 fires the well-accepted and proven German 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge, this from 30- or 32-round detachable box magazine. The action is of blowback and rate-of-fire reaches between 1,200 and 1,500 rounds-per-minute. Maximum effective range is just under 500 feet.

The Type 77 is reportedly still is active circulation with the modern Republic of China (Taiwan) Army, showcasing its value to the fighting force.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol

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Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.

Compact nature allows for relatively easy concealment.
Internal action allows release of multiple rounds with a trigger pull in quick succession.
An automatic, or pseudo-automatic, function is built into the system, allowing for repeat firing to be achieved.
Supports 'iron sights' allowing for inherent accuracy in ranged fire.

Overall Length
335 mm
13.19 in
Barrel Length
215 mm
8.46 in
Empty Wgt
6.22 lb
2.82 kg

Iron Front and Rear.



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

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

30- or 32-round detachable box magazine.
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
495 ft
(151 m | 165 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,300 ft/sec
(396 m/sec)

Type 77 - Base Series Designation.

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