Chinese Military QBZ-95-1 Main Rifle: the world’s best assault rifle? – The QBZ-95-1 is a bullpup-style weapon with the cartridge and magazine located at the rear of the rifle group.
Chinese Military QBZ-95-1 Main Rifle: the world’s best assault rifle?
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The QBZ-95-1 is a symbol of the military revolution that began in China in the early 1990s. It is a powerful and reliable, if outdated, weapon.
One of the most effective yet lesser-known infantry weapons is the KBZ-95-1 rifle. Below is a complete description of the main Chinese military rifles.
Official Weapon of the Chinese Army
The QBZ-95-1 is the official rifle of various units, including the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The QBZ-95-1 bullpup has an unusual appearance and also fires an unusual 5.8mm cartridge.
The result is a unique weapon that symbolizes China’s attempt to forge its own path in the field of military small arms.
China was not the greatest land power of the 20th century, but it was one of the greatest. Before and after the Chinese Civil War, the People’s Liberation Army had millions of ground troops, mostly infantry, who were well-trained.
After the Civil War, China’s military doctrine, the “People’s War,” emphasized defensive warfare, luring invaders into China’s interior and repelling them with regular troops and guerrillas.
In the 1991 Gulf War, the U.S.-led coalition forces defeated a large Iraqi army equipped with many Chinese-made weapons in a short period of time, which brought about a major change in China’s defensive thinking.
The People’s Liberation Army was reformed, and as part of this reform, a new generation of rifles was introduced for the infantry.
This replacement of the old weapons was
Old weapons like the Type 68 assault rifle and the Type 56 assault rifle were no longer used.
Although the QBZ-95-1 was a typical Chinese rifle, it had a futuristic appearance that set it apart from the older Soviet-influenced rifles.
Its official name was the QBZ-95-1, an acronym for “Light Infantry Weapon, Infantry Automatic Weapon,” and it was a 5.8mm rifle. The basic ammunition for PLA troops is 300 rounds in 10 30-round magazines.
The QBZ-95-1 is a bullpup-type weapon
The QBZ-95-1 is a bullpup-type weapon, which means that the cartridge and magazine are located behind the rifle group.
This makes it a more compact weapon, the rifle is just under 30 inches long, but has a 20-inch long barrel, the same length as the M16A4 assault rifle.
This is 5.5 inches longer than the M4A1 carbine and should give it a slight increase in range compared to the American infantry carbine.
Maximum Firing Rate
The QBZ-95-1 uses a short-stroke gas piston system, similar to rifles such as the M1 Garand and AK-47. In this respect, the Chinese infantry rifle still retains the Soviet tradition.
The rate of fire is 650 rounds per minute. The weapon uses a sight built into the grip along the top of the receiver.
Some rifles have optical sights mounted on the grip, but the already high height of the mount makes it less than ideal to incorporate additional optics.
Types of ammunition used in this weapon
While American, NATO, and Russian assault rifles use 5.56 or 5.45mm cartridges, the Chinese weapon uses the locally developed 5.8×42 cartridge.
The exact reason for China’s decision to develop an entirely new chapter is unclear, but it may be due to security concerns.
The 5.8mm round fired from the M4A1 carbine has better ballistic characteristics than the 5.56mm M855 round used by the US Army.
This is likely due to the longer barrel (20″ vs. 14.5″) and increased fuel volume, which results in a slightly stronger twist.
What kind of gun will be offered?
The QBZ-95-1 comes with a bayonet, which, together with six WY-91 grenades, is the firepower of an average PLA soldier. The nine-man PLA squad has two firing platoons, each equipped with a howitzer.
The QBZ-95-1 carried by the Grenadiers was equipped with a 35 mm deep-water grenade launcher, similar in concept to the M203 grenade launcher used by the US Army for many years.
The Grenadier carries an additional 15 rifle grenades. The heavier, lighter QBB-95 support weapon has a bipod for suppressive fire and a 75-round magazine.
Despite the increasing mechanization of the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese infantry remains the “Queen of Battle” like any other army.
The QBZ-95-1, although somewhat obsolete, is a powerful and reliable weapon and symbolizes the military revolution that began in China in the early 1990s.