China chooses the IWI Galil ACE!

And doesn't tell IWI that they're copying their homework.

Image via Asia Times

What does the new QBZ-191 remind you of?

Yup.. there it is. Thanks IWI and GunMagWarehouse!

Apparently China has released video of their new 5.8x42mm conventional layout assault rifle. The spacey looking QBZ-95 had too many problems. That makes another world military power that had bullpups and has reverted to conventional layout rifles.

Israel’s X95, Austria’s AUG, The UK’s SA80A3, and Australia’s EF88/F90 AUG one-off (I happen to like it the most of the AUG’s) are pretty much the last of military bullpups. They’re hanging strong. I like bullpup rifles, have had a few and still do. But there are simply weak points in the designs too that conventional rifles mitigate.

But back to the… QBZ-191

First, it seems clear that they are still militarily heavily married to the AK concept. The QBZ-191 looks primarily like a Galil ACE with perhaps a little FAL/XCR on the back end of the receiver. A one front hinge pin design. They retained AK rock-in magazines even.

I’m not certain if the charging handle or safety selector are ambidextrous (I suspect the selector is) but it looks like the have gone with some manner of non-reciprocating adaption of the standard AK charging handle with a fairly short travel, location is consistent with that theory.

Three barrel lengths have been listed. 10.5″, 14.5″, and an unspecified ‘Marksman’ length.

In addition to closely copying the ACE as a base rifle it looks like they copied PMAGs and a forend from Magpul. The front sight might fold FN SCAR style, the rear sight does. Stock looks adjustable.

They are also proclaiming a new projectile design, probably a clone of M855A1.

It’s like they waited for all the other militaries and developers to do the groundwork for awhile and then went to SHOT going, “I’ll clone that, and that, and these, and… what are you gonna do about it? We’re literally the Chinese government.”

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.