Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Small Arms Warships & Submarines Military Ranks Military Pay Chart (2024) Special Forces
Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)

Assault Rifle / Carbine / Light Machine Gun [ 1997 ]

The Chinese QBZ-95 bullpup assault rifle entered service in 1997 and has since evolved into various other forms including carbine and light support weapon.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/11/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The QBZ-95 is a family line of assault weapons contoured to operator needs and has been developed (as an economical measure) into an assault rifle, carbine and light automatic weapon. There is the base QBZ-95 assault rifle, the shortened and lighter QBZ-95B carbine and the QBB-95 LSW (Light Weapon System) - a light machine gun model to fulfill the all-important squad support role. For the export market, the QBZ-95 goes under the designation of "QBZ-97". One of the obvious key design features of the QBZ-95 is its "bull-pup" style arrangement, meaning that the magazine feed and all major internal working components are held rear of the pistol grip and trigger unit, allowing for a steadier two-hand hold against the shoulder. The cocking handle is situated within the ring of the carrying handle, making it an ambidextrous component. Design and production are by NORINCO (China NORth INdustries COrporation).

As this particular weapons line was designed with foreign operators in mind, the series is chambered for the universally-accepted 5.56x45mm NATO standard cartridge. Like the QBZ-95, the QBZ-97 has also been designed into a carbine (QBZ-97B) and light support weapon (QBB-97 LSW) form along with the base assault rifle (QBZ-97 and QBZ-97A - the latter utilizing a 3-round burst capability). Civilian versions are known simply as the Type 97 (base rifle) and the Type 97A "Shorty" (carbine).

The QBZ-95G is believed to be a modernized, revised form of the QBZ-95 assault rifle. It incorporates Picatinny rail support for accessories as well as a revised buttstock, thumb fire mode selector and muzzle brake. A longer, heavier barrel has also been introduced. The QBZ-95G is intended to improve upon the reliability and maintenance of the original assault rifle model. Operational service is thought to have been achieved in 2010 while original QBZ-95s were moved to reserve forces.

Operators of the QBZ rifle family include Bangladesh (special forces), Cambodia (special forces), Myanmar (Army), Pakistan (special forces), Sri Lanka (special forces), and Sudan. To date the weapon system had seen action in the Sri Lankan Civil War and has been fielded in the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand which currently remains in a stand-off.©MilitaryFactory.com
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.


China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
Bangladesh; China; Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Pakistan; Rwanda; Sri Lanka; Sudan
Operators National flag of Bangladesh National flag of China National flag of Myanmar National flag of Pakistan National flag of Rwanda National flag of Sri Lanka National flag of Sudan
Service Year
National Origin

Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Modern class of long gun featuring select-fire properties, automatic internal function, and magazine feeding.
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.

745 mm
(29.33 inches)
Overall Length
463 mm
(18.23 inches)
Barrel Length
7.17 lb
(3.25 kg)
Empty Weight
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
5.56x45 NATO; 5.8x42mm DBP87
May not represent an exhuastive list; Calibers may be model-specific dependent; Always consult official manufacturer sources.
30-round detachable box magazine OR 75-round drum
Aperture Rear; Hooded Front Post; Optional Optics

Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information.

1,312 feet
(400 meters | 437 yards)
Max Effective Range
3,050 ft/sec
(930 m/sec)
Muzzle Velocity

QBZ-95 - Rifle; standard model chambered for 5.8x42mm DBP87 cartridge.
QBZ-95B - Carbine; shortended overall length; lighter load.
QBB-95 LSW "Light Support Weapon" - Squad Automatic Weapon.
QBZ-95B - Improved ergonomics, reliability and maintenance; chambered for 5.8x42mm cartridge; longer barrel; revised muzzle brake; revised buttstock and trigger ring; relocated thumb fire selector; Picatinny rail support.
QBZ-97 - 5.56mm Assault Rifle; export model for standardized 5.56mm NATO round.
QBZ-97A - 5.56mm Assault Rifle; 3-round burst capability.
QBZ-97B - 5.56mm Carbine; shortened form of the QBZ-97 assault rifle.
QBB-97 LSW - 5.56mm Light Support Weapon based on the QBZ-97 assault rifle.
Type 97 - Civilian Market QBZ-97 rifle.
Type 97A "Shorty" - Civilian Market Carbine model.

Military lapel ribbon for the American Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon representing special forces
Military lapel ribbon for the Ukranian-Russian War
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2


1 / 4
Image of the NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
Official image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
2 / 4
Image of the NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
Official image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
3 / 4
Image of the NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
Official image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
4 / 4
Image of the NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
Profile view of the Chinese QBZ-95 bullpup assault rifle.

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Chart Military Ranks DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content; site is 100% curated by humans.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing military medals and ribbons. Special Interest: RailRoad Junction, the locomotive encyclopedia.

©2023 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2023 (20yrs)