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Type 77


Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol


Taiwan | 1985



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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/10/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
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.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Type 77. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
335 mm
13.19 in
O/A Length
215 mm
8.46 in
Barrel Length
6.22 lb
2.82 kg
Weight
Blowback
Action
9x19mm Parabellum
Caliber(s)
30- or 32-round detachable box magazine.
Feed
Iron Front and Rear.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Type 77. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
495 ft
150.9 m | 165.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
1,350
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
1,300 ft/sec
396 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Type 77 Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol family line.
Type 77 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Type 77. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Hsing Hua Arsenal - Taiwan
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