Has China developed a PDW based on the QBZ-95?

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

UPDATE: I was wrong. This is the QBZ-95B (The sailors white gloves are covering the barrel).

Earlier this month there was a huge military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of People’s Republic of China. I was astounded to see a photo from the event of what appears to be a sub-carbine version of the QBZ-95 being carried by Chinese sailors.

Photo originally from O.cn via. MP.net

To the best of my knowledge the existence of this weapon has never been reported. The barrel is definetly shorter than the 14.5″ of the QBZ-95B (Carbine) that was developed for use in the Navy. I suspect the sub-carbine / PDW has a 10″ or 11″ barrel.

QBZ-95B Carbine. Photo from Wikipedia.

Has anyone here heard of a QBZ-95 PDW?

Thanks to Caleb for sending me the link to the Chinese parade photos.

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  • Jobjed Jobjed on Jul 18, 2011

    the qbz-03 was not made to replace the qbz-95, but rather made for paratroopers. the qbz-03 was more compact when folded which made it more convenient for jumping out of an airplane and the fact that the sights are more widely spaced means that the lines of sight is more accurate than the qbz-95, a significant feature considering that paratroopers usually drop behind enemy lines and need to shoot accurately and conservatively.

    • Roger Mao Roger Mao on Nov 07, 2013

      @jobjed it is said that the QBZ03 is for paratroopers and border patrols, while QBZ95 is for the army.

  • Jamezb Jamezb on Jan 19, 2013

    Are you sure those are not these?