The Chinese TMJ-3 Multipurpose Integrated Weapon Sight

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This new Chinese sight, made for the QBZ95-1 Bullpup, recently appeared on various Chinese internet forums.The sight is developed by Zhongshan SheJian Police Equipment Technology, a private company.

This all-in-one sight consist of a fixed 4x prism with fiber-optic illumination, green and IR lasers as well as an LED flashlight. There’s no IR illuminator however. The lasers and flashlight are powered by one rechargeable 18650 battery with a runtime of over 3 hours. It’s unknown if the prism sight is a real Trijicon ACOG 4×32 or a local copy. In all likelihood it’s a copy since it lacks the Trijicon casting mark on the body. The Trijicon optics are available for LE agencies purchase in China but in general the cost is at least 2-3x the price of the same sight in the USA.

 

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I see a number of issues with this all-in-one approach. The first is the chin-weld. Even with the new QBZ95-1 the sight sits entirely to high. The older QBZ95 has an even higher rail increasing the problem of getting a decent cheek weld. Then there’s the poor location of the flashlight. Namely most of the beam will be blocked by the weapon. Having the lasers so far back will also cause more parallax error and create a splash problem. The optimal mounting position for both the flashlight and laser is at the front of the weapon.

 

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The four push buttons seen on the left side of the sight are for controlling the lasers and light. The last button (from left to right) seems to be for turning on the reticle illumination for the 4x optic. Both lasers have an effective range of 100 meters while the LED flashlight is good for 25 meters. The two lasers and the 4x prism sight all have their own adjustment turrets. Zeroing the 4X sight and both lasers will be a clunky process at best.

 

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From the look of their uniforms the testers are from the CAPF (Chinese Armed Police Forces) or better known by their old name, the PAP (People’s Armed Police). The CAPF is a paramilitary force that runs their border patrol, coast guard, diplomatic protection, and internal security. Most of the TFB readers may not know that the civilian police in China typically don’t carry guns. When a gun is needed they call their local PAP.

 

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The TMJ-3’s laser arrangement somewhat resembles the new laser battery cap equipped EOTech 510 series. The EOTech has a 36 hour runtime with both lasers on max and runs on two AA batteries. FYI, the EOTech holographic sights are popular with the Chinese police SWAT units. The EOTech sights LEO price in China starts at around $1000 USD. The picatinny rail fore-end for the Type 81 and QBZ-95 costs about $800-$900 USD each.

 

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A good example of how a sight and laser integration should be done is the MOR sight. The Israeli made Meprolight MOR uses a single windage and elevation adjustment system for both its two reflex sights (dual-illumination in front and battery powered behind) and dual lasers (IR and red). When zeroing the MOR the lasers are synced to any adjustment made on the sight reticle. My review of the Mepro MOR here.




Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry.


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  • Andrew

    Well, if China ever invades, all we have to do is wait 3 hours until the batteries in their airsoft scopes run out.

    • Zachary marrs

      Buuuuurrrrrrnnnnn !

      Day-um son.

  • Dave

    In the last couple of years, china has been filing a lot more patents, giving the impression that they’re copying less and inventing more on their own. However, most of their patent filings are attempts to circumvent current patents held in the US, EU, and Japan. Oh well.

    If only our relationship with China wasn’t so adversarial, we could combine the best with the best. The lateral thinking of western culture combined with the linear thinking of eastern culture bringing about new ideas and seeing them to their natural extreme/conclusion respectively.

    The scope looks like a knock-off, pure and simple.

    • Dan-O

      That will never happen, the Chinese are too pragmatic to dump billions in R&D when they can just steal/reverse engineer the tech they need with minor adjustments. If anything, they may be able to streamline the mfg process to make an equally competent product for less, but the lvl of govt oversight and quality control still has a long ways to go compared to that of the US.

      • Dave

        Oh yeah. I’ve had to deal with Chinese made parts. Basically it goes like this: You are amazed at how inexpensive it is to get goods manufactured in china, from castings to injection molded plastic. You visit the manufacturing plant, hire an interpreter from Singapore, you take a tour, their CV says all the nice things and their facility actually looks decent. You receive your first purchase order. The front/top of the container with the parts has all of the in-spec parts. The rear/bottom of the container has parts that are so out of spec they’re useless. You basically have to discard 1/4 to 1/3 of your order. Even discarding that 1/4 to 1/3 of your order, it’s still a little bit cheaper, so you’re stuck in a dilemma. We brought much of our part supply back to the US. The long term cost is cheaper, especially when it comes to jointly developing a part. It’s less wasted time and just plain easier. Not to mention the macro economics of it gives one a warm and fuzzy feeling for supporting American manufacturing.

        Lets not even get into the quality of their metallurgy (sucks).

        • nadnerbus

          I recall buying a steel bi-pod for my M1A from Cheaper Then Dirt years ago before I knew any better (“an exact copy of the best bi-pod ever made for the M14!”). Chinese made of course, one of the clamps that holds the thing to the gas block just plain sheared off one day while shooting, like it was made out of pewter.

          It seems like the culture of corruption and “good enough,” along with a lack of established industry standards and regulation just make a lot of stuff made there a crap shoot.

  • Stephen

    Quote… “It’s unknown if the prism sight is a real Trijicon ACOG 4×32 or a local copy.”

    LOL, yea China would NEVER infringe on copyrights or patents so I don’t even know why the author would say this.

    ;)

    • LCON

      It’s not a real Acog it’s a knock off. I studied these photos about a month ago on Sinodefence the “aclone” lacks Trijicon logo’s and the flare of the housing leading from the lip of the housing over the forward lens to the Light pipe fiber optic.

      • Atimatik Army

        Of course it’s a knock-off, is from China, nuff said.

        • LCON

          I wouldn’t say that. but I was Qualifying my statement. this is not a Acog.

  • sianmink

    What is that, 5, 6 inches over bore? And in the photo with the two CAPF guys, it’s even got a micro reflex on top of all that!

    • Nathanael S.

      And it’s partially obscured by the windage control, too.

  • Dan-O

    “I see a number of issues with this all-in-one approach. The first is the chin-weld.” I see what you did there, rofl-coptors inbound.

    • Zachary marrs

      ROFLCOPTER INBOUND!

  • Phil Hsueh

    Fyi, it’s too not, to, as in too high.

  • Dave

    Ha! Those oakley assault glove rip-offs are a lark!

  • Lance

    Another cheap Chinese ACOG knock off COUGH!!!!!!!!

  • USMC03Vet

    Time to step your game up airsofters. China just brought tacticool to the next level.

  • Gallan

    The all-in-one approach makes perfect sense due to the cost issue of arming millions of men. But clearly they don’t have the know how to pull it off. Have western sight manufacturers attempted this?.

  • José Pulido

    I never thought I’d see more height over bore than on a G36…. but this I think just may take the cake.

  • CScout

    I hope it’s painted with their famous lead paint.

  • Charles Montgomery Rockson

    You should be able to buy this stuff at Harbor Freight soon. One time tools, says it all!