Published on Apr 28, 2012
In this episode, we're taking a look at the Type 95.
The Type 95, or QBZ-95 - which expands and translates as Light weapon, Rifle, Automatic, 1995 - is an assault rifle featured in Modern Warfare 3.
It hails from the People's Republic of China, where it's manufactured by the China North Industries Corporation - better known as Norinco.
The Type 95 was designed to replace the earlier Soviet-licensed design employed by the People's Liberation Army - the Type 56, and the later Chinese-designed Type 81.
The Type 95 design was finalised in 1995, as its designation indicates - but the rifle didn't enter service until two years later.
It was first revealed internationally during the transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty from the UK to China in 1997.
The Type 95 is chambered for a Chinese cartridge - the 5.8x42mm DBP87 round.
Claimed to be superior to the NATO 5.56 round, the 5.8mm calibre does impart a little more kinetic energy - but otherwise behaves in a similar fashion.
In any case, there exists a later variant - the QBZ-97 - chambered for the 5.56mm NATO cartridge.
The Type 95 employs a bullpup arrangement, with the magazine behind the trigger, close to the shooter's shoulder.
The magazines are of a 30-round box type, although there exists a compatible 75-round drum magazine, as used in the Light Support variant of the weapon - the QBB-95.
The rifle is select-fire, capable of firing semi automatically, with a three-round burst, or full automatic - with a rate of fire of around 500 rounds per minute.
The rifle weighs in at 3.4kg unloaded, comparable to the M16 platform - and otherwise fairly average for a typical modern military rifle.
Overall length is shorter than most, however - thanks to the bullpup configuration. At 745 millimetres with a 463 millimetre barrel, the weapon is some 25% shorter than a conventional rifle of the same barrel length.
There exist a number of variants of the QBZ-95 design - including a Carbine and Light Support Weapon, in addition to the QBZ-97 variants chambered in the NATO calibre.
It's currently in use by the Chinese armed forces and para-military police, and is also employed by Cambodian and Sri Lankan special forces, and the Myanmar miltary.
Although for the most part sufficient for the task, the bullpup rifle is reported to have some ergonomic issues - and so there exists a new - conventional, non-bullpup - rifle design intended to ultimately replace the QBZ-95 in service: The Type 03, or QBZ-03.
It's likely the Type 95 still has some use ahead of it, however - and while it may be slowly phased out in real life, its in-game depiction will likely remain popular.
With its high damage and deadly three-round burst, this furious fire-breathing Chinese dragon - will incinerate your foe.