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Assault rifle


The QBZ-03 assault rifle is a recent Chinese development

Caliber 5.8 x 42 mm
Weight (empty) 3.5 kg
Length 950 mm
Length (with folded stock) 725 mm
Barrel length ?
Muzzle velocity 930 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire ~ 650 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire ?


   The QBZ-03 or Type 03 assault rifle is a recent Chinese development. Some sources claim that this weapon has been developed to complement the previous QBZ-95 assault rifle with bullpup layout, which was apparently found not entirely satisfaction. Currently it is unknown if the QBZ-03 will enter a widespread service with the PLA. Some sources report that it is already in service with Chinese Border Guard units.

   The QBZ-03 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon, chambered for Chinese indigenous 5.8x42 mm cartridge. This cartridge had been developed in the late 1980s. It is claimed to be superior to the standard NATO 5.56x45 mm and Soviet 5.45x39 mm ammunition. Unlike the previous QBZ-95 is has a conventional layout. It is a successor to the Type 87 experimental rifle, developed in the mid 1980s for testing of this new 5.8x42 mm cartridge.

   A small safety / fire selector switch is located above the pistol grip, on the left side. It has semi-auto shots and full-auto modes.

   The QBZ-03 has standard iron sights with a flip-up rear diopter. Also this assault rifle has a scope rail on top of the receiver and can be fitted with a variety of scopes and night vision sights.

   This weapon comes with a skeletonized polymer shoulder stock, which folds to the right side. A bayonet can be attached to the flash hider, which is also used to launch riffle grenades. A field toolkit is located inside the pistol grip.

   An export version of this assault rifle is chambered for the standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. It is also compatible with the standard STANAG (M16-type) magazines.





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