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Submachine gun


The Type 05 SMG is currently in service with the PLA and Chinese law enforcement agencies

Country of origin China
Entered service 2005
Caliber 5.8 x 21 mm
Weight (unloaded) 2.2 kg
Length 500 mm
Length (with folded stock) -
Barrel length 250 mm
Muzzle velocity 150 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 400 rpm
Practical rate of fire 50 - 150 rpm
Magazine capacity 50 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 150 - 200 m


   The QCW-05 submachine gun is also referred as the Type 05. Its designation translates as a "Silenced Assault Gun, 2005". It was developed in the early 2000s to meet the Chinese army requirement for a compact submachine gun. This design won the trials and was selected for production. Production commenced in 2005. Currently is in service with the PLA and Chinese law enforcement forces. This weapon replaces the ageing Type 85 and other obsolete submachine guns.

   This submachine gun looks like a scaled-down version of the QBZ-95, however its internal design is different. The original QCW-05 is produced for military use. It is a blowback operated weapon, with bullpup layout. This SMG is chambered for the new Chinese 5.8x21 mm ammunition. Some sources claim that it uses armor-piercing rounds as its primary ammunition. In concept The QCW-05 it is a personal defense weapon, similar to the FN P90 and HK MP7.

   The safety / fire mode selector switch is located above the pistol grip. It has single shots, three round bursts and full-auto settings. There is additional automatic grip safety. A cocking handle is located on top of the receiver, under a built-in carrying handle, so this weapon ca be cocked using either hand.

   The Type 05 submachine gun is fed from four-row magazines, that hold 50 rounds.

   This weapon comes with iron sights built into the carrying handle. However it is also compatible with optical sights. Range of effective fire is claimed to be 150 to 200 meters.

   The Type 05 SMG is compatible with a detachable silencer. When the silencer is attached it requires special subsonic ammunition.




   QCQ-05, a variant which comes without silencer.

   JS9 (Jian She) a smaller submachine gun, chambered for 9x19 mm ammunition. It is in service with Chinese armed police forces and is also aimed at the export customers. It has similar design, but has a Picatinny-type rail instead of the carrying handle. A cocking handle was moved to the right side of the receiver. This SMG is fed from 30-round magazines, compatible with the HK MP5. It has effective range of 100 - 150 meters. This weapon can also be equipped with detachable silencer.


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