Taiwan Unveils New XT-105 Rifle

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In 2013, TFB reported on the latest developments of the Taiwanese next-generation rifle program, then called “XT-97”. It is now being reported that the latest variants are called “XT-105”, and that the rifle, developed by the 205th Armory of the Armament Bureau, may be on its way to adoption by Taiwanese forces soon. In an unorthodox effort to showcase the new rifle, the 205th Armory was showing off the gold-plated example in the title image:

The armed forces on Thursday unveiled a next-generation assault rifle developed by the Armament Bureau’s 205th Armory.

The gold-plated model XT-105 rifle displayed at a press event in Kaohsiung was the first off the production line. The 205th Armory started developing the weapon in 2012.

The rifle is designed to meet the stringent tactical requirements of modern urban warfare, counterterrorism and close quarters combat, the armory said.

Dubbed a multiutilization special rifle (MSR), the 5.56mm by 45mm weapon is designed for versatility and can be fitted with barrels of three different lengths — 300mm, 360mm and 450mm.

It can also be outfitted with attachments, sights and optical scopes without the need for additional gun mounts and railing systems.

The weapon ejects spent shells forward to the right so there is no danger of burns to the operator.

The next-generation weapon features high accuracy and low recoil, an ambidextrous design and a collapsible stock for easy handling.

The weapon also forgoes the three-round burst firing mode, allowing for a more manageable fully automatic mode at a lower rate of fire.

Although the 205th Armory declined to give details, it said it may consider export of the X105, which can be customized to buyers’ needs.

The earlier XT-97 prototype clearly inherited some mechanical DNA from the famous Kalashnikov series of rifles, but mated to a new gas system. It’s yet unclear what changes have been made to turn the XT-97 into the new XT-105, but the two rifles do seem to share many external features. The XT-105 seeks to replace the existing Taiwanese T91 rifle, a variant of the famous AR-15. When and even if this will happen remains to be seen.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • It’s like Saddam’s gold AK slept with a SCAR.

    • FourString

      and gave it the Midus touch

      • Fracking Saves

        More like it left it’s load on the SCAR’s pillow…

  • Cesare Renzi

    There’s no such thing as tacky for some people.

  • Sianmink

    Will they all be gold-plated?
    Straight Pimpin’.

    • Anonymoose

      COWADOOTY!

      • Phillip Cooper

        Engrish?

  • MPWS

    Subtle female in picture will require a “light duty rifle” – in .22LR maximum. Gold-plated is unmistakeable sigh of vanity.
    Now seriously; why they do not just simply adopt QBZ-03? It would make one heck-of-a sense; they are part of China any way you look at it.

    • MR

      Like Georgia and Ukraine are part of Russia, and France is part of IS

      • Okay, I laughed entirely too much at that one and I feel bad for doing so.

      • MPWS

        You’ve got it.

    • Plumbiphilious

      “…they are part of China any way you look at it.”
      That’s like saying South Korea is a part of North Korea.

      There was this little bloody civil war and subsequent push-out and detante that fragmented their nation into war, consumed millions of people and helped Imperial Japan gain resources it needed to kill more and fight US forces a little longer (as well as kill about another 1 decaHitler in people from the ensuing government policies of the victorious party).

      I’m pretty sure they don’t like each other to the point that they should be counted ethnically similar, but different nations.

      • MPWS

        Forget political BS for second.
        What is the best indicator of reality is either a personal knowledge or listening people who know. I recall one of many /Chinese I spoke to; this one was Taiwanese. He told me: “….we are welcome in PRC”.
        This of course is not what trumpets of Imperium will convey to its sheeple. You are not getting whole scoop man!

        • iksnilol

          Because anecdotes are so good and reliable.

          I have personally never seen an AK fail, does that mean that AKs never fail? No, it does not.

          • MAUSERMAN

            AK fail it is simply the fact that most average people will never put enough rounds down range in their life time of owning a AK to ever see it fail.

          • iksnilol

            You comically missed my point. My point was just because some person experiences something doesn’t mean it is like that. Personal experience =/= data

          • FourString

            MPWS’s anecdote is so unscientific.. frankly a lot of these ignorant remarks about Taiwan being a part of China has me sick to my stomach. I feel bad for the Taiwanese here reading all this incredibly uninformed nonsense. The USA is Taiwan’s strongest ally, and all these people here have no clue about it!

        • Plus

          He’s word can’t represent Taiwan’s general will. The truth is, People of Taiwan wanted to decide their fate by themselves, not by the PROC in mainland, and Taiwan DO have good service rifle so we don’t need to take PROC’s.

      • Porty1119

        Hitlers as a unit of measure. That’s a new one on me.

      • David Sharpe

        Incorrect, The official name of the state is the “Republic of China”

        It’s like Hong Kong. China still has a lot of control over both of these areas.

        • 劉丁丁

          Incorrect, China has no control over Taiwan(ROC) what so ever.

          Maybe I’m wrong. Yesterday I checked. We STILL have the right to select our own president and legislative committee. Yes, we do get denied pretty hard internationally. Why do they do that? Because they want to annex ROC, which is essentially a different entity from PRC the dearest.

          FFS, people. Learn some more before blabbing about it.

        • screwtape2713

          China “had a lot of control” over Hong Kong for the simple reason that HK was always officially and legally part of China — control of it had simply been “granted” to Great Britain in 1898 under a “99 year lease”… And when the lease finally ran out in 1997, China was powerful enough to be able to decline to renew it.

          Entirely different from the situation with Taiwan.

        • Plus

          You’re TOTALLY WRONG. We DO has our own sovereign rights and voted governments, not like Hong Kong.

          Actually there’s TWO China after WWII, as the mainland were overwhelmed by the communist’s PROC(People’s Republic of China) the ROC (Republic of China) flees to Taiwan island and lived to date, As for now the ROC actually means Taiwan, but also inherit some cultural legacy of mainland China.

    • Phil Hsueh

      You really think that China would actually sell weapons to Taiwan? Weapons that could be used against them if they decided to invade? Yeah, right.

      • MAUSERMAN

        Why buy when you can make.your own? . Also Taiwan will never buy even if China is willing to sell. That is just a fact.

      • TonysTake

        Does Taiwan even have anything like the second amendment?

        • Boogur T. Wang

          No. And as a strong 2nd Amd supporter (I’m an American Army Vet who lives on Taiwan) I am glad they do not let the populace own/carry firearms.

          • Esh325

            Why should Americans carry firearms then?

          • no WAY

            You haven’t been to China or Taiwan, I take it?

          • Esh325

            I could say Americans shouldn’t be allowed to own or carry firearms considering the amount of incidents of people accidently getting killed or children getting into their parents purse and blowing their brains out.

          • livefree1200cc

            because the welfare class is full of criminals who have never been made to work for what is theirs – and they often try to take what is yours – hence the need for a firearm

          • FourString

            Yeup I see what you mean, Taiwan is a small island, not really where you need a ranch rifle to protect your property.. also i imagine the culture / daily life is different with regard to the need for a firearm.

        • Plus

          Taiwan has some laws of owning firearms, but lacks of government’s proper control so it becomes the privilege of big companies or some congressman who has a strong background.

          Actually Taiwan some kind of ruled by man, not by law.

          Some opinions as a civilian of Taiwan.

    • Ian Thorne

      Taiwan is only part of China if you are completely ignorant of geo-political issues and their histories. Pick up a book some time.

      • MAUSERMAN

        Might is right. A lesson U.S , CHINA, RUSSIA all learned well.

        • Sane

          Clearly China doesn’t have enough right; we’re still here.

          • MAUSERMAN

            It depends on who “we’re” as you put it.

        • iksnilol

          Didn’t work out so well in Afghanistan for Russia.

          • mikee

            No one has ever had success in Afghanistan for centuries, neither Britain, Russia or the USA.

          • iksnilol

            “Where empires go to die” and all that?

            Barring that exception y’all do have a point. Especially considering Ukraine and Georgia.

          • MAUSERMAN

            Actually do not let recent history fool your perception of afghanstan
            The mongols not only conquered it but completely destroyed khwarazmia (current day Afghanistan) they simply killed everyone.
            Just to show you the failure of Brit. Soviet. And US is not the failure of (might) but the consideration of modern sensitivities, regarding wholesale slaughter.

          • mikee

            Granted. Maybe Mongol practice is the way to go then??

          • MAUSERMAN

            Same could be said of U.S

          • iksnilol

            I thought that one was too obvious to mention.

          • MAUSERMAN

            In many ways U.S did worse. I am afraid the puppet army U.S build up will fold faster and harder than the one soviet built.
            We only have to see Iraq to predict the future. The training wheel will never come off.

      • Cal S.

        Just you wait. A new dawn is approaching… with this rifle… soon CHINA will be a part of TAIWAN once more, my friend.

        • MAUSERMAN

          Yeah that will happen when north Korea invades u.s.a

      • Anonymoose

        Taiwan is more a part of Japan than Red China.

    • jess

      Do you enjoy your job promoting propaganda for the PLA?

    • Grindstone50k

      lolwut

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Looks like just the thing for a gunfight in a Jay Z video.

    • Phillip Cooper

      This.

      I was going to make a snarky comment along the lines of how pimptastic it is, but he nailed it.

    • Yallan

      He prefers stabbing people.

      • FourString

        I think he’s at the life stage where he’d rather drive by from a Lambo while sipping a big gulp

        Stabbing is what teens do pshh

  • hami

    Haters gonna hate. Some people don’t appreciate high style.

    • TonysTake

      Magazines by Bloomingdale’s.

    • FourString

      lolol

  • Wetcoaster

    Does Taiwan typically use rifle grenades? That flip up front sight reminds me of the gas cut-off/grenade sights on Yugoslav guns

  • Lance

    Cough! SCAR knock off!!

    • micmac80

      Internals are closer to AK than Scar.

      • JCL

        Then it’s closer to XCR

    • iksnilol

      Just because something is similar doesn’t make it a knockoff.

  • Gregory Markle

    The line “can also be outfitted with attachments, sights and optical scopes without the need for additional gun mounts and railing systems” reminds me of the same claim made when the XM8 was being promoted. In both cases the caveat “as long as you’re cool with scrapping all of the perfectly functional optics, sights, and attachments you already own and spending tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars purchasing new items compatible with our proprietary mounting system not found on any other weapon” should follow.

  • SP mclaughlin

    This should be how you unveil new firearms, or at least a more excusable reason to gold paint/plate a firearm.

    • TonysTake

      I bet it gets the weight down to about 20 lbs too.

  • Southpaw89

    A perfect prop for a remake of Goldfinger.

  • MAUSERMAN

    They did, it was phased out in the 80s from front line service replaced by type 81rifle.

    • JCL

      Actually AK had never been PLA’s standard issue rifle. China had been using SKS clone as their standard rifle to the 80s with type 56 AK only given to special units and officers (kinda like the ratio between bolt action rifle and SMG during WW2). Type 81 replace both SKS and AK in Chinese armed force during the 80s.

      • MAUSERMAN

        Type 56 are far more common than you represented. It is a standard issue rifle.

        The ratio is incorrect. Type 56 AK were issue to front line units to no fewer than 5 group armies. Especially to units opposing Russians.the ratio you are talking about with SKS and AK were usually border units with india and vietnam.

        • JCL

          Thank you for the correction.

  • Sane

    Okay, how much?

    • TonysTake

      If you have to ask…..
      I will wait for the platinum model.

  • TonysTake

    Well, ain’t that just the cutest little thing. The gun is pretty too, but can you drop it in the mud and sand and still expect it to work?

  • guest

    Taiwanese Airsoft Committee presents…

  • LCON

    Saddam and Qaddafi are dead guess its intended for some drug lord instead.

  • petru sova

    I remember reading about this rifle some time ago and wish they would import enough parts to build them here in the U.S. Of course we probably would not be lucky enough to have the option of buying one that is gold plated. Now that is class, I will take two, one to shoot and a gold plated one to use as a safe queen and show piece to put on a gun show table with the sign “Not for sale, private collection”.

  • Deacon Valis Knight

    from deviant art, gold fn scar rendering, same as above lol cept for aboves cruddy lower

  • smartacus

    the only tipoff is the bobby pin.

    • smartacus

      dimorphism is underrated

  • demonkoryu

    No burst fire in favor of a slower full auto mode? Yeah, who needs burst fire anyway.

  • Guido FL

    just what the world needs, another 5.56 x 45 rifle ?

  • Gematech On Line

    Rifle design and counter terrorism. How it work?

  • livefree1200cc

    In 31??

    • Deacon Valis Knight

      westminster declaration i believe, canada was sold from crown commonwealth to the crown corporation, a texas held company, a rockefeller company, one of mckenzie kings best friend and legal advisors, go figure,
      we dont have a long rifle reg, and for the most part guns are fairly easy to get if you apply for it,
      though we’re pinned at like 5 rounds i believe

  • jcitizen

    Good for you 劉丁丁!! Hopefully your people will win out some how.

  • Andrew Gault

    She just made my bolt go into battery. I’d bump-fire that. I have an erection.