Firearms / Assault rifles / QBZ-03

QBZ-03

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Assault rifle

  • ORIGIN
    China

  • NICKNAMES
    Type 03 (nickname)

  • DESIGNED
    2003

  • DESIGNER
    Norinco

  • PRODUCTION
    2003 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    China - Norinco

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Better range than Type 81
    More cumbersome than QBZ-95

Introduction

The QBZ-03 is a modern assault rifle of Chinese origin. It was developed as a less costly alternative to the QBZ-95 for second-line use. The QBZ-03 features a a conventional design and the internal mechanism is derived from the proven Type 81 rifle. In 2007 a version that fires the 5.56x45mm round was developed for export.

Design

The QBZ-03 is an assault rifle of a conventional design. The design is based on the older Type 81 assault rifle. The QBZ-03 uses a short stroke gas piston and rotating bolt. Unlike the Type 81 a plastic furniture and polymer magazines are used. The stock is able to fold to the left.

Firepower

The QBZ-03 fires the Chinese 5.8x42mm round from a 30 round magazine. It is a select fire rifle with cyclic rate of fire of 700 rpm. The maximum effective range is 400 meters. It is possible to fire rifle grenades with the QBZ-03. An export version that fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from 30 round STANAG magazines is also available.

Users

The QBZ-03 is in limited used with the Chinese People's Armed Police and People's Liberation Army. The QBZ-03 is also available for export.

Variants

QBZ-03

QBZ-03: The QBZ-03 is an assault rifle that fires the 5.8x42mm round. It has a conventional design. Besides a version chambered in 5.56x45mm for export no variants have been developed.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.8x42mm Chinese
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire650 - 700 rpm
Barrel length?
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length960 mm / 710 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.8 kg empty
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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