Chinese Military Police Competition

Asian Defense News recently published a compilation of high-quality photographs lifted from various Mandarin news sources such as Ifeng and Nownews of Chinese Military Police competing in a skill of arms competition, in Yunnan Province. The literal Mandarin translation of the description was for the chance to become the “Gun King” of the Military Police units involved. Sponsored by the PLA, Wu-jing (Military Police) soldiers used rifles and handguns in a combat marksmanship shoot, in addition to precision rifles shooting at distance and incorporating various tactical exercises. It incorporated load bearing equipment and physical fitness as a stress element. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any video material of the event to have surfaced yet, so we can’t fully comprehend the drills used just from the photographs.

Rifles used are the PLA’s standard select-fire QBZ-95G chambered in 5.8x42mm, mounted with traditional two point slings. The competition appears to have focused on combat reloads, close proximity shooting, and accuracy. Pay close attention to rifle development in China because the QBZ series might be heading out the door in the near future.

The precision rifle section showed the PLA’s newest long range rifle in use (2012), the JS 5.8mm. Chambered as the same cartridge as the QBZ-95, the JS might not be the best candidate for modern long range engagements over 800 meters, but it does look like it serves the needs the Military Police, most likely quelling internal disturbances or a violent confrontation on a PLA installation. Similar to U.S. law enforcement, the ranges at which these JS rifles are going to be used at, are most likely very precise shots within 300-400 meters. The target recognition drill using the smiley faces is also a popular drill within U.S. long-range Military/LE teams as well. Usually, it involves a shooter being given a particular target (in this case one of the faces showing emotions, in a particular row/column) and requires the shooter to locate, engage, and actually hit his intended target at a certain range. This drill tests speed, cognition, and marksmanship fundamentals. These drills work best at 100 meters because beyond that with typical military issued magnified optics, it becomes harder to distinguish the targets on such a small frame.

The handgun competition showcased the PLA’s issue handgun in use, mounted in what appears to be a Chinese made holster brand, very similar to this one called Wolf Enemy, with the distinctive circular paddle button.


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  • Brett baker

    I’ll ask it. How do they compare to our MPs?

    • Jonath

      Not comparable. To clarify, the Chinese WuJing are not military police, but rather PARAmilitary police (in terms of training and equipment). They’re still there for civilian policing, not military.

    • Brendan G

      They are more like the political party’s private army. Much better equipped than the PLA special forces.

    • TDog

      Completely different. As others have noted, they are not military police so much as militarized police. I doubt they’re “better equipped” than PLA Special Forces as Brendan G commented – if anything, they’re simply equipped for a different role.

      They’re more akin to Russian Interior Ministry troops – in peacetime they serve an internal security/pacification role, in wartime they serve as a large reserve of manpower that is already organized and equipped along military lines. And by calling them “police”, they get to claim that their military is much smaller than it actually is.

  • Major Tom

    The QBZ-95G rifles used look awfully rear-heavy in terms of balance.

    • Friend of Tibet

      Not at all, I have used both QBZ97 and AR15, when it comes to weight distribution, QBZ97/95 is much much better, very easy to hold in one hand.

    • Get over it fanbois

      If your highly overweight like the typical Ar-15 owner sure. Every other shooter doesn’t have that problem.

  • Giolli Joker

    Glock is already warming up the lawyers.

    • SP mclaughlin

      How so?

      • Giolli Joker

        Honestly I completely misread the title as a competition to choose the next pistol for Chinese MP.

    • ReadyOrNot

      I doubt the CCP is worried. They copy and excuse themselves by saying “it’s a compliment to get copied in our country”.

    • mosinman

      i’m sure the Chinese are shaking in their totally not copied boots

  • John

    Mmm. They’d have to redesign the rifles so the fire control and magazine release can be operated with the firing hand. Making the ejection port ambidextrous would help a lot too. They’d also be smart in redoing the grip so it either uses the AR-15 stuff or their own.

    At this point, the QBZ is a working system, if not entirely battle-proven yet. Since I rarely hear about the Chinese military doing something stupid for the long-term, I think they’ll stick with what they have and refine it further, much as Russia, the U.S. and U.K. are doing. It’s a lot of money thrown away otherwise.

  • Friend of Tibet

    Armed/Military Police in China usually have very outdated gears compare to domestic SWAT team.

  • Ken

    Interesting that the one guy is using his left hand for a reload. I usually see them reloading with the right hand.

  • Caffeinated

    Of all the knockoffs they produce they clearly don’t make a shot timer.