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First Photos of Chinese PLA New Standard Rifle and What We Know So Far

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  1. Zarvan

    Zarvan ELITE MEMBER

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    The carbine version of the new chinese standard issued rifle

    Back in May 2017, TFB reported about the Chinese PLA possibly replacing the QBZ-95-1 bullpup with a “traditional” layout rifle. Today, two photos of the Chinese new standard issue rifle have appeared on social media. The rifle is likely going to be revealed on the October 1st during the Military Parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

    Although the official name of the rifle still remains unknown, the new rifle is likely named ‘QBZ-191’. The top picture of this article shows the carbine variant of the new rifle family which has a 10.5 ″ barrel. The carbine is aimed to replace the QBZ-95B and it’s mostly going to be used as a PDW for vehicle crews, not front line soldiers. The infantry rifle has a 14.5″ barrel and there is also a longer barreled marksman rifle.


    As to previously known the new Chinese rifle is still chambered in the standard 5.8x42mm round. However, it is confirmed the PLA has adopted new 5.8x42mm rounds that have better performance on medium to long-range. The new rifle has been given huge hope of replacing the currently in service QBZ-95-1 which is the bullpup standard rifle used by PLA for over 25 years.

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    The second picture shows soldiers practicing with the new rifle

    The new rifle has a full-length Picatinny rail on the top. The pictures also show soldiers using the new combat optic during practice. The optic seems to have a fiber optic illuminated reticle since the light fiber structure similar to the ACOG can be found on top of the optic. The zoom and whether there are second reticle illumination is unknown. Guessing from the few other reticle designs released by China, this optic may also keep the reticle design that mixed the ACOG reticle and the PSO-1 style rangefinder reticle.

    The rear sight is a detachable flip-up BUIS with the fixed flip-up front sight. Some Chinese internet sources claimed the new rifle will have M-LOK handguard, but it turns out to be a more traditional handguard.

    According to TFB’s Chinese source, the new rifle has semi-auto and full-auto but no burst-fire. The magazine has a similar appearance as the QBZ-95-1 mags, but the reinforcement ribs look flatter and make it look like a PMAG. The effective range of the carbine version is 300 meters, for the rifle version it’s 400 meters, and the rifle fires at a rate of fire of 750 rpm.

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    This picture is now confirmed the early stage of this rifle—which are almost abandoned once

    Although the rifle looks somewhat similar to the PLA QBZ-03, the new rifle presumably operates more like an HK416, pretty much a short stroke piston gas operated AR-15. While China just recently released their direct clone of an HK416, the new standard issue rifle doesn’t use the AR-15 receiver are likely due to the experience of using QBZ-03.

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    HuaQing HR31, the Chinese HK416

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    If the rifle hasn’t changed dramatically from its early stage, we can assume the new rifle keeps the 4-position telescoping stock. We can also see the buffer tube structure. However, the cross-section shape is different, it cannot use the existing AR-15 stocks.

    What do you think about the new Chinese assault rifle?

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    Anthony J
    Author of Chinese firearm media《Small Arms》(《轻兵器》)Interested in Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe firearm news、history、development and usage, Living in Australia.

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  2. FuturePAF

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    Questions open to anyone but especially to the OP

    Any Indications on how it stacks up against American, European and Russian Rifles?
    Cost?
    How many rifles does the PLA plan to procure? enough for its entire army or "front-line" units only?
    Has Pakistan shown any interest for its next generation rifle requirement?
    The 5.8 rounds seem to be getting more popular. Has Pakistan tested rifles that chamber this round?

    The 5.8 rounds are said to only be slightly heavier than a 5.56 but have better performance at longer range. This could allow Pakistani troops to carry more Ammo and hit enemy forces, with more accuracy, in places like the Line of Control.
    https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/08/16/modern-intermediate-calibers-016-5-8x42mm-chinese/
     
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