XT98 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle (M14 style rifle) and XT97 Pistol

Last week I blogged about the Taiwanese AR-15 on display at Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE). Two other prototype weapons made by Taiwanese Military Combined Logistics Command, Arsenal 205 were on display, the XT98 rifle and XT97 pistol.

The XT98 is a sniper rifle conversion of the Taiwanese Type 57, a licensed M14 clone. The new XT98 replaces the standard M14 stock with a more modern chassis capable of mounting optics and accessories. It is similar in concept to the M14′s Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle chassis system in use by the US military.

Judging by the serial number (-0001) and the quality of the welding, I think this is definitely a prototype.

The other new gun is the XT97 pistol. This 9mm pistol looks like it is heavily inspired by the Glock design. The major difference from commercially offered Glocks’ is the addition of a slide safety. Glock has been known to supply pistols with external safeties to police or militaries who require it.

[ Many thanks to JL for sending me the photos. ]

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  • JT

    I have a theory that Korean Weapons designers let their love of movies and video games show in their work. First the OICW clone, now this. Don’t get me wrong, I like the way it looks ^^

    • PLUS

      Those words”中華民國造” on the slide is Taiwan’s Traditional Chinese ok?
      The introduction besides the XT98 is same language too.

      The firearm development of Taiwan and S.Korea are very differnt, it shouldn’t be mistaked…….

  • JonMac

    I’ve seen an official G17 with safety, and it didn’t look like that one. It was more like the Beretta 51/92 (pre-F/FS) provision.

  • Lance

    SO SO SO good the M-14 lives on maybe we can replace the problem prone M-110 with this or the Mk14 EBR.

  • 54Bravo

    JT: Taiwan ≠ S. Korea and that is Chinese writing on the slide. (I always recognize Korean writing a mile away-look for all of the small circles)

    That safety on the pseudo-Glock reminds me of the fire selector on the Glock 18. (the full-auto 9mm Glock)

  • jdun1911

    The Taiwanese not only licensed the M14 but got all the original manufacturing equipment for the M14. After making all the M14 they needed, the Taiwanese sold the equipments to China. Norinco than used it to flood US market with M14/M1A clones in the ’90.

    US manufactures didn’t like it and the rest is history. I should have bought one back than if I knew those M14/M1A were produced by the original manufacture equipments. I think I saw some of them priced well below $400 at gun shows. Unfortunately for me I took to heart from internet people that keep pumping out the Chinese clone weren’t good and the rifle blow up.

    Anyway it isn’t a surprise that they are going to stick with the M14. Decades of experience will do that.

  • brandon

    I wish Glock would offer slide safeties on the commercial market. I would buy one

  • very crappy looking hardware, Norinco makes a step up from this.

  • PLUS

    That’s just a improvise prototype, reportedly you can see the original rear sight through the hole on the chasis…….

    I’ve been on TATDE too, but the weapons of 205 Arsenal were all locked in shelves

  • NikonMikon

    Ok but what does this have to do with Taiwanese guns?

  • 1911Dude

    Let me get my magnifying glass out for that magazine release. OH! There it is. Wow that is TINY

  • Chase

    That pistol looks about as Glocky as it’s possible to be. Glock has sued for less.

  • Soless

    2 things. First, I think the mags if decent might be worth buying for a cheap dollar. Second, that safety looks like a fire selector.

  • William C.

    I love the M14 but any problems the M110 have can be fixed easily enough. The real issue I see with the M110 is people expecting it to be as powerful and accurate as larger caliber bolt action rifles.

    Either way the XT100, XT98, and XT97 all look quite interesting. Lets just hope the quality of actual production models is a bit higher.

  • JT:

    Not Korea!

    Taiwan (Republic of China)

    “Taiwanese Military Combined Logistics “

  • Ben

    XT 97 looks like the bastard child of a Glock and a USP

  • Sid

    Heavily inspired by Glock?

    I can see a few minor changes. But it looks like the significant change was to erase the Glock logo and engrave the Taiwanese markings on the pistol.

    I know these weapons are prototypes. It seems that the manufacturers would know that these weapons should look good. You know, be examples worth pursuing. Poor welding, casting voids, no contrasting colors……

  • JT, Taiwan (Republic of China) and South Korea are two different countries. K11 OICW-type was created in South Korea, weapons show above are from RoC/Taiwan.

  • Taiwanese Guy

    Tip of the day: Taiwan is NOT Korea.

  • Tim

    Taiwan received the old TRW production line when the US stopped M14 production. It was one of the first NC mass production lines built.

    Later, when Taiwan scrapped the -14 they sold the line for scrap and it “somehow” ended up in the PRC, which is how they came to build/sell M-14s. Which we can’t get in the States after the Clinton ban on guns from China.

    Afterall, can’t have Americans owning affordable semi-automatic rifles. Oh no. Can’t have that.

  • Lance

    Polytech M-14s were banned in the George HW Bush ban in 1989. Norincos where sold till just before the Clinton bayonet lug ban in1994. They are better than Springfield rifles since they used forged receivers than cast and are just as accurate. Springfield was the one who started the blow up rumors in the 80s.

    As for military use the majority of M-14 EBRs and parts made for M-14 come from Smith Enterprises now. And the M-14 is still far better than a M-110 in reliability.

  • subase

    I don’t think Glock would mind either, sure they’d want their cut and make them sign an agreement where they can’t mention the Glock name or any of it’s patented features. But seems to me they don’t mind other people copying their gun. Case in point the Ruger SR9.

  • 6677

    @Tim, Can’t have brits owning semi automatics at all, no no no, too dangerous.

    Anyway, XT98 looks pretty bulky to me. Is that all stamped sheet metal. Doesn’t all look flat to me.

  • DW

    Two years ago the XT97 pistol was shown with a 10 round magazine. I don’t think you’d want that…

  • Hrachya Hayrapetyan

    Nice stock design (although seems poor quality) ! New life for the old (but good) gun – M14 !
    It would be interesting to see this pistol disassembled … to compare the internal parts with Glock.

  • Ick. Bleh. Not good choices to base their systems. That pistol looked like a game toy, and why do that to an M-14?

  • Poly Technologies imported Chinese M14 rifles into the United States from early 1989 until mid-1994. The U. S. Department of State banned importation of Chinese firearms and ammunition in May 1994. Both Norinco and Poly Technologies M14 rifles were manufactured at the same factory, State Arsensal 356, Kunming, Yunnan, People’s Republic of China. The Government of Taiwan did not sell the machine tools for the T57 to mainland China. PRC used its own machinery at State Arsenal 356 to make its M14 rifles. The Government of Taiwan received some, but not all, of the equipment from the U. S. government to manufacture its T57 rifle. This equipment had been used by Harrington & Richardson Arms. The Government of Taiwan did not receive the machine tools for making the M14 magazine and flash suppressor from the U.S. so it had to use its own.