Top 5 Submachine Guns Used by China’s Military and Police

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Type 05

Type 05

Type 05

There has been much development and field-testing of submachine guns carried out by various state- and privately owned factories, and often externally similar prototypes have appeared in Chinese press under various designations. One of the new designs can be identified as a service weapon—the 5.8x21mm Type 05, which is in use by the PLA. The Type 05 is a blowback-operated weapon that fires from an open bolt. The gun has a bullpup configuration, with a compact aluminum receiver and separate polymer shoulder stock/housing and pistol grip/trigger units. The safety/selector switch is located above the pistol grip, and allows for semi- and full-auto. This bullpup only ejects to the right side, so firing from the left shoulder is impossible, or at least hazardous to the shooter.

The Type 05 comes with a flip-up, aperture-type rear sight and a protected front post sight, along with a proprietary scope mount on top of the carrying handle. It can also be equipped with a detachable sound suppressor. The Type 05 feeds from a proprietary, four-row, box magazine that hold 50 rounds of 5.8x21mm ammunition. It is also available in 9x19mm, with it believed that the 5.8x21mm version is intended for domestic usage and the 9mm for domestic police usage and export sales.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.8x21mm
  • Barrel: 9.8 inches
  • OA Length: 19.6 inches
  • Weight: 4.85 pounds (empty)
  • Action: Blowback, open bolt
  • Capacity: 50
  • Rate Of Fire: 500 rpm

 

Type 06

 

Submachine Guns China SWMP Jan 2015 Type 06

Type 06

The 9x19mm Type 06 is in use by certain SWAT-like units of the PAP. It is also blowback operated and uses a telescoping bolt that wraps around the barrel in its forward position. The receiver is made from polymer and is open at the top; two pistol grips are integral to the receiver. The submachine gun feeds from a 50-round helical magazine loaded on top of the weapon that is made from polymer and is similar in design to U.S. Calico magazines.

The Type 06 is fitted with open sights; the rear sight is of the aperture type and has three range settings for 50, 100 and 150 meters. The gun also has a mounting point for a red dot or night sight just behind the rear sight block, which requires a proprietary scope mount with a high base. The muzzle of the weapon is threaded to accept a sound suppressor. The shoulder stock, also made from polymer, is of the telescoping type. As with the Type 05, the Type 06 is also offered in 5.8x21mm as well as 9x19mm, with the 5.8x21mm version intended for domestic usage and the 9mm for domestic police usage and export sales.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Barrel: 9.1 inches
  • OA Length: 16-23 inches
  • Weight: 4.85 pounds (empty)
  • Action: Blowback, telescoping bolt
  • Capacity: 50
  • Rate Of Fire: 800 rpm

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