QBZ-191: China’s new service rifle


Last week, Chinese state media released footage of the PLA’s next-generation assault rifle, the QBZ-191, Peter Suciu at National Interest reported.

This would replace the QBZ-95-1 bullpup that has been in service since 1997, the report said, as China adopts a weapon with a more “traditional” layout — including a magazine forward of the pistol grip.

The infantry version will have a 14.5-inch barrel while the marksman version will have an even longer barrel. Visually the weapon has characteristics to the American AR15/M16 platform as well as modern European assault rifles including a full-length Picatinny rail (a mounting platform for firearm accessories) on top, the report said.

According to sources, the new rifle is a gas-operated short-stroke pistol assault rifle, and is chambered in the standard 5.8x42mm caliber, but it utilizes a new type of round that has been designed to perform better, the report said.

In its carbine configuration it has an effective range of 300 meters, while the infantry assault rifle version is effective to 400 meters. Both have a rate of fire of 750 rounds per minute (rpm).


  1. The “L” in PLA, “People’s Liberation Army”… I find these fascinating, since it of course, like our US liberals mean anything but liberation, liberty or freedom. In China, if you even slightly criticize the CCP, you get whisked away in a van for reeducation. If they discover you have plans to do something about the CCP, you get put in prison until they’re certain you’ve repented of your sins, or they just harvest your organs for party members and let you die. This is the way the US is going to go, and we all know it. The media is providing cover and silence about the left’s plans of destruction, and complete exposure of anything freedom lovers are doing. They have to do this, because they risk getting firebombed if they discuss the plans in the forms of a warning, or criticize BLM, or praise police, or criticize any of the riots at all. They simply tell it when police have declared riots. They never call the riots “riots”. They can’t. They know that police cannot protect them, and they’re not capable of protecting themselves from credible threat of violence. The funding is international.


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