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Chinese NORINCO presents three rifle modifications


In the middle of the 90-s in China, the QBZ-95 assault rifle, designed for the cartridge of the caliber 5.8xXNNXXmm, was adopted. This rifle was equipped with units of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army of China), as well as a detachment of Chinese police. The used bullpup system has a metallic design with a certain amount of use of a special thermal and impact-resistant polymer. The model is quite comfortable and quite reliable by Chinese standards, the site reports

Some time later, after a large-scale introduction of the QBZ-95 rifle, a shortened series appeared, which was performed on the basis of the 5.56x45mm caliber - for export purposes. For cartridges of this caliber, the store of the STANAG series perfectly suited. The main direction of sales of the modified rifle is the state of the Asia-Pacific region. The start of export deliveries was laid at the start of the 2000's.

A few years ago on the basis of weapons a semi-automatic model was created, which was named Type 97A. This weapon initially successfully entered the Canadian market, but after some time, the official Ottawa decided that the Type 97A urgently needed to be withdrawn from civilian traffic, while banning the import of such weapons from the Chinese NORINCO. According to the official version, the Canadian authorities decided that the rifle can be easily converted into a fully automatic version of the weapon even in the home workshop. According to the unofficial version, Canada simply decided to set up additional barriers for Chinese weapons products entering its territory, since the facts that someone in Canada simply took and remade the rifle into a fully-fledged machine gun are not represented.

Where the base version comes with a barrel length of 18.5 inches; the ultracompact version comes with an 14,5 inch barrel length

The company NORINCO also presented a version of its bullpup rifle for long-range shooting.

After the ban on the Type 97A, the Chinese company decided to offer a new modification of the rifle itself. Variant of the name - Type 97NSR. The management of NORINCO was able to prove to the Canadian side that this rifle certainly couldn’t be altered for more serious weapons in artisanal conditions, and the Canadians had no choice but to return to the fulfillment of contractual obligations, but for another weapon - Type 97NNSR. These rifles are imported to North America today.

At the IWA & OutdoorClassics 2014 exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, the Chinese NORINCO presented its civilian-class semi-automatic rifle. The presentation was held at once for three variants of such weapons. In the first version, the loading process goes through the STANAG store. In this case, the standard barrel length is 47 cm. The second variant has the same magazine, but the barrel length is 14,5 inches (about 36,8 cm). And finally, the third option is designed for long-range shooting. Barrel length - over 558 mm. It uses a special low-profile magazine with a capacity of up to 5 rounds. The low profile allows an efficient approach to the preparation process for shooting from a prone position.
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  1. lexx2038
    lexx2038 April 16 2014 11: 19
    Right now on YouTube, I looked about her, like a machine like Nitsche.
  2. Artyom
    Artyom April 16 2014 12: 21
    the Chinese youth did not go in cycles in Kalash. Kalash is not bad, but since 1947 it would have been possible to invent and put into operation something more modern and new. The bulpap scheme is interesting, but not without its drawback - the shift of the center of gravity back.
    1. mirag2
      mirag2 April 17 2014 08: 16
      But I am more interested in the cartridge.
      More powerful than NATO. So?
      Perhaps this is the cartridge that is needed as an intermediate between 5.45 and 7.62, such as a grendelle?
  3. Good cat
    Good cat April 16 2014 14: 14
    Who will tell what advantages this bulpap has? I didn’t hold in my hands a seemingly uncomfortable car, especially in the last photo
    1. allexx83
      allexx83 April 16 2014 23: 09
      Probably benefits:
      1. The center of gravity above the handle and, as a result, facilitated aiming with one hand.
      2. Shorter overall weapon length.
      3. Less barrel withdrawal when firing a burst.
      I would try something myself.
  4. Zomanus
    Zomanus April 16 2014 14: 29
    Well done Chinese. Kalash is also not bad. Only it has been done so much that the modernized have nowhere to go.
  5. inkass_98
    inkass_98 April 16 2014 16: 28
    An interesting machine, especially with a long barrel, only a magazine could be made on 10 cartridges, the dimensions seem to allow double-row such capacity to be used. Only it is not clear - this is his shutter lag or shoots with the shutter open (which is illogical for aimed shooting).
  6. Anton Gavrilov
    Anton Gavrilov April 16 2014 19: 32
    Really something not copied!
  7. skymit
    skymit April 16 2014 20: 12
    Quote: Good cat
    Who will tell what advantages this bulpap has? I didn’t hold in my hands a seemingly uncomfortable car, especially in the last photo

    All bullpups have the advantage of being compact. They are shorter by the length of the butt ...
  8. Crrusader40
    Crrusader40 April 16 2014 23: 24
    Very interesting characteristics of the ammunition caliber 5.8x42
  9. projdoha
    projdoha April 17 2014 00: 50
    1) the shutter works a centimeter from the eye.
    2) the store is more convenient and faster to change in the classics.
    3) the shortest option will still be longer than the AKSU with a folding butt (with a unification problem)
    4) you can’t work with a butt, otherwise only they will have to fight =)
  10. beifall
    beifall April 19 2014 16: 55
    To develop the Far East ............. will go, there the titular nation is reduced at a speed of 7 thousand people a year !!!!!!!!!!!