The Type 95 QBZ (Qing Buqiang Zu, English: light rifle family) entered into production in 1995. The Type 97 rifle is the export version of the Type 95. The Type 95 fires the Chinese 5.8 x 42 mm cartridge, whereas the Type 97 is designed for 5.56 x 45 mm NATO-caliber. Both feature a bullpup operation system. The Type 95 is currently in service with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and other Chinese law enforcement agencies. Length depends on model: Type 95 - 743 mm Type 97 - 760 mm
Norinco Type 95/ 97
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|Country of origin|
|Production without a licence|
|G||Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.|
|N||Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.|
|U||Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.|
It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a U, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X without specifying who holds it.
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