China is Making Iraq Military Industry Great Again

In the early 80s, Iraq Military Industry was quite impressive for a Middle Eastern country. With the help of Yugoslavia, the country produced several different AK-pattern rifles, light machine guns, and various sniper rifles.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Current Chinese Police Revolvers – NRP9 and ZLS05

Thanks for joining us for another TFB Wheelgun Wednesday, where we discover the vast world of revolvers. We have been taking an occasional look at revolvers still being issued by police agencies, and this week, we’ll explore the curious current issue Chinese police revolvers, the Norinco NRP9 and the ZLS05. It’s always interesting to see what  handguns police agencies decide to issue, especially when it comes to wheelguns in 2023. Let’s take a look at the Chinese police revolvers.

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IDEX 2023: The Modern Small Arms of China

While the People’s Republic of China has one of the biggest firearms industries in the world, you rarely see any small arms of China displayed in their booth. Even at the IDEX exhibition, one of the biggest and perhaps the most diverse in the world, you never had a chance to see the newest Chinese rifles. But the world has changed, the demand in the defense industry is growing rapidly and this year, Chinese companies showcased an impressive selection of rifles at the Norinco booth.

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Chinese AKs - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 4 – Modern Variants of Type 56 and Chinese AK 103

This article is the final chapter of a 4-part series. In Part 1 I talk about how the production of AK began in China, Part 2 was dedicated to the “golden age” of Chinese AKs, and Part 3 was about the gradual decline in quality and the underlying reasons for it. In Part 4, we will take a look at the latest descendants of the Type 56 rifle, including the Chinese AK 103.

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Chinese AKs - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 2 – How Type 56 Took Over the World

In Part 1 of this article, I talked about early Chinese AKs and the humble beginnings of Kalashnikov rifle manufacturing in China. By 1956, China was building new factories and improving old ones with the help of Soviet engineers, and it seemed like nothing can break apart two great comrades – the Soviet Communist party and their Chinese counterparts.

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Chinese AK - The Most Controversial Kalashnikov Variant. Part 1 – The Soviet Assistance

It is hard to find a place on Earth where people wouldn’t know what Kalashnikov is. Some know it through movies, some through video games, but a good portion of the world’s population have some firsthand experience with this rifle, since a Soviet, East European, or Chinese AK can be found almost anywhere.

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POTD: Type 81 SR

In today’s Photo Of The Day, we have a rather interesting Chinese rifle imported to Canada by  Tactical Imports Corporation. This SVD/PSL lookalike called  Type 81 SR is based on the Type 81 rifle which has a hybrid design that merges the Type 56 (Chinese AK-47 variant) and Type 63 (Chinese rifle based on the SKS) rifle designs. The Type 81 SR is chambered in 7.62x39mm and like the Iraqi Tabuk, tries to push this intermediate cartridge into the DMRosphere.

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POTD: The One and Only IPSC Competition in China (2002)

Photo Of The Day and we go back in time almost 18 years, for the one and only Level III IPSC Competition in China.

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First Photos of Chinese PLA New Standard Rifle and What We Know So Far

Back in May 2017, TFB reported about the  Chinese PLA possibly replacing the QBZ-95-1 bullpup with a “traditional” layout rifle. Today, two photos of the Chinese new standard issue rifle have appeared on social media. The rifle is likely going to be revealed on the October 1st during the Military Parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

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Chinese LEOs Doing Bullpup Speed Reloads

If you are used to and have experience with rifles of traditional layout, then it should be quite awkward for you to do simple weapon manipulations with a bullpup rifle. And arguably the most difficult is to do a magazine change with a decent speed. People who do a mag change in a split of a second on their AR, may not necessarily be as fast with the bullpup because of the rearward location of its magazine which screws up all your muscle memory and training.

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POTD: Border Guards with China's QBZ-03 Rifle

Today we have some photos of China’s 5.8×42mm QBZ-03 rifle. The photo above posted on 81.cn, described as “the only news portal of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army approved by the central military commission.” The QBZ-03 was developed in the late 1990s and entered somewhat limited service in 2003 with some PLA units. It feeds from the same 5.8×42mm magazines as the bullpup QBZ-95.

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Peek on Chinese new .338LM bolt action made by Hunan Ordnance Industries Group

It may still be a news for some who are not familiar with Chinese firearms to know that China has been testing and producing .338Lapua Magnum (called 8.6×70) for several years.

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Chinese QN-202 Handheld Missile Launcher

During the Airshow China 2018 exhibition held in the China International Aviation Exhibition Center (Zhuhai, China) Chinese Wuhan Guide Infrared Co., Ltd has introduced a new man-portable missile launching system called QN-202.

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Type 74 Flamethrower still in Active Use, Chinese PLA Police Scorch some O2

A recent story shared by a Chinese media site has showed a slide of photographs consisting of Military Police from the anti-chemical warfare unit in Guangxi Province shooting a 1960s era flamethrower developed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (most likely called the Type 74). Why the older flamethrower was brought out isn’t clear, even with a translation of the text (it mentioned training, but not why this model choice). Due to the digital camouflage scheme that has been painted on the pack mounted fuel tanks, it would appear that this might be a demonstration of the device that has either been brought back into use (or never actually left service). Rather than a simple historical demonstration of a critical weapon system. According to the text, the TPO-50 actually saw combat service in the Chinese excursion into Vietnam in 1979, used to clear out bunkers and possibly in some of the house to house fighting that occurred during the war.

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The JH16-1: China's New 9×19 Subgun

Back in March we reported on Chinese SWAT teams operating with modded Type 79 submachine guns. The venerable Type 79 was developed in the 1970s and despite efforts to improve its modularity the guns are showing their age. They may now be supplanted by a new 9x19mm submachine gun.

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