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| QBZ-03 assault rifle|
(Qing Buqiang Zidong)
QBZ03 automatic rifle
|Place of origin||People's Republic of China|
|Weight||3.5 kg (7.7 lb) (unloaded)|
|Length||950 mm (37 in) with stock extended, 725 mm (28.5 in) with stock folded|
|Action||Gas operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||700-750 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||930 m/s (3,050 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||400m-500m|
|Feed system||30-round detachable box magazine|
|Sights||Fixed Type 56 style front sight, flip-up diopter rear sight|
The QBZ-03 has a two-piece receiver largely made up of forged aluminum alloy with the stock, pistol grip, and handguards being made of a polymer compound. The gas block has a two position regulator, one for firing standard ammunition, the other to allow the use of rifle grenades. The sights are of a hooded front sight with a flip up rear diopter sight similar to the American M16 rifle. A scope rail is available to allow the use of various optics. The QBZ-03 has seen some issue within the People's Armed Police, People's Liberation Army Marine Corps, People's Liberation Army Air Force Paratroopers, and second line PLA ground units.
The weapon has a faster rate of fire compare to QBZ-95. Firing mechanism is similar to Type 81 assault rifle featuring rotating bolt locking and short-stroke gas piston.
An export variant of the QBZ-03 also exists, first introduced in 2005 by the joint CJAIE (China Jing-An Import-Export) and Jiang-She Group Companies. The export version is chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO and feeds by STANAG magazines. The cyclic rate on the issued model is semi-automatic or fully automatic only, while the export model has an integrated three round burst mode. The type's most notable public display was by the PLA Airforce Airborne Troops during the October 1st 2009 60th Anniversary Parade. The assault rifle was also featured in the 2015 Victory Day Parade.
In February 2011, photos began to appear of a Chinese weapon the QTS-11. The QTS-11 combines the Type 03 assault rifle with a 20 mm airburst grenade launcher. This makes China the third country to develop an airburst infantry weapon, after the American XM29 Objective Individual Combat Weapon and XM25 CDTE, and the South Korean K11 DAW.
- QBZ-03: Base model.
- QBZ-03 Upgrade: Upgraded tactical variant, first unveiled at a 2014 anti-terrorism exhibition, with upgrades including a quad-rail handguard.
- QBZ-03 Carbine: Compact variant shortened to 750 mm.[better source needed]
- T03: Export variant chambering 5.56 mm.
- T03A: Improved variant.
- EM3513: Semi-automatic export variant, chambering 5.56 mm.
- EM3513A: Improved variant, with rails and new stock.
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