POTD: People's Liberation Army Weapons

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Brendan sent us photos he took of China’s People’s Liberation Army troops. Rifles and machine guns pictured include the QBZ-03 (conventional layout rifle alternative to the better known Chinese bullpup QBZ-95), Type 81-1 (China’s 1981 version of the AK oops ), the
Type 81 LMG (light automatic rifle version of the Type 81) and a box full of Type 54 pistols.

Brendan said he was not allowed to share any other details, or how he came to take these photos. The two photos directly below appear to be China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy / PLAN) recruits in training, possibly PLA Navy Marines. The insignia the indicates they are equivalent to a Private (2nd Class). The rest of the photos appear to be PLA Army.

Thanks Brendan!

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  • John huscio John huscio on Aug 12, 2015

    For all their ruthlessness, the chicoms made a mighty fine AK.....would love to see the norinco ban lifted and see the type 56/ type 81 flood back in.......wishful thinking I know....

  • Phil Hsueh Phil Hsueh on Aug 12, 2015

    I know that the Chinese like copying things but I had no idea that they'd go as far as to copy our pistol belts and LBVs from the '90s. The pistol belt looks, as far as I can tell, just like the ones I had issued to me in the Corps back in the early to mid '90s and the LBV looks a lot like the ones they started issuing as they were phasing out the old "H" harnesses.

    It's also pretty funny seeing the guards wearing the equivalent of Marine Corps Charlies while wearing camouflaged web gear. It seems to me that they should be wearing some old canvas or leather gear that's been shined and polished for the parade ground.