Norinco Type 54

Notes: The Type 54 is basically a direct copy of the Russian Tokarev TT-33 with some minor differences in weight and dimensions due to manufacturing methods and materials used. It is otherwise the same weapon.

The Type 201C is basically a Tokarev that has a safety catch, as well as a half-cock safety. It also fires 9mm Parabellum ammunition instead of 7.62mm Tokarev.

The Type 213 is a Type 54 chambered for 9mm Parabellum ammunition and equipped with a manual safety (unlike the Type 54 or Tokarev). The Type 213A is a Type 213 with a wider grip to accept a double-column magazine. The Type 213B is a Type 213 with molded rubber grips for shooter comfort.

In 1990, the American firm of Navy Arms convinced Norinco that a market existed in the US for a Tokarev-based pistol. (It was a small market, but anyway…) From 1990-95, Norinco produced a further-improved version of the Tokarev, designed specifically for the US civilian market, called the TU-90 (also known as the NP-10, particularly when exported). The TU-90 is actually quite similar to the Hungarian-designed, Egyptian-built Tokagypt of the 1960s, albeit in a greatly-improved form. The TU-90 has a manual safety/slide lock similar to that found on many Western pistols (most Tokarevs modified with a manual safety of some sort have ones that are rather awkward for the shooter). The TU-90 also has a half-cock safety, along with a passive firing pin safety. Construction is primarily of forged and machined steel, with a matte blued finish. The grips are of somewhat soft wrap-around rubber which is ribbed on the side and shaped so that the shooter’s thumb can easily gain a solid grip on the pistol. (The shooter can also replace those grips with standard Tokarev-type grips, which are smaller but not nearly as comfortable.) Perhaps the best feature for a potential buyer is the way a TU-90 is usually sold – as a kit that allows the use of both 7.62mm Tokarev as well as 9mm Parabellum ammunition. (With a little extra work, the 9mm Parabellum kit can be used with both 9mm Parabellum and .38 Super ammunition.) Changing from one caliber to another involves changing the barrel, recoil springs, and magazines, but this is easily done by the shooter himself. Many shooters consider the TU-90 to be the best version of the Tokarev ever made.

Twilight 2000 Notes: In the Twilight 2000 timeline, the Type 213 and Type 201C are fairly common (but nowhere near as common as the Type 54), the 213A is much less common, and the 213B is something normally found only in the hands of high-ranking officers or foreign civilians lucky enough to have obtained one before the start of hostilities. The TU-90 was briefly available in the West, but export stopped early in 1993; production continued in China well into the Twilight War, and then started again in 2010.

Merc 2000 Notes: The Type 54 is extremely common among Chinese troops, while the Type 213 series and the TU-90 are popular export products.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 54

7.62mm Tokarev

0.89 kg

8

$129

Type 201C

9mm Parabellum

0.94 kg

8

$157

Type 213

9mm Parabellum

0.9 kg

8

$157

Type 213A

9mm Parabellum

0.92 kg

14

$162

Type 213B

9mm Parabellum

0.93 kg

8

$164

TU-90

7.62mm Tokarev

0.88 kg

8

$154

TU-90

9mm Parabellum

0.89 kg

8

$157

TU-90

.38 Super

0.89 kg

8

$175

Conversion Kit (Each)

NA

0.34 kg

Nil

$68

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 54

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

Type 201C

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Type 213

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Type 213A/B

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

TU-90 (7.62mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

TU-90 (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

TU-90 (.38)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

12

Norinco Type 59

Notes: Basically a Chinese Makarov, the Type 59 has a double-action trigger and is built entirely of steel except for the plastic grip plates. Variants of the Type 59, the NP-19 and NP-39, are available in other calibers; these versions were designed largely for export and are not often seen in China herself.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Type 59 is not seen as often among Chinese troops as the Type 54. The NP-19 and NP-39 are sometimes seen in Chinese ranks, particularly among higher-ranking members; production of these weapons, however, was largely stopped after the beginning of hostilities with Russia.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 59

9mm Makarov

0.73 kg

8

$147

NP-19

.380 ACP

0.71 kg

8

$140

MP-39

.32 ACP

0.66 kg

8

$121

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 59

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9

NP-19

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9

NP-39

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

Norinco Type 1911

Notes: This is a near-faithful copy of the M-1911A1 by Norinco (also known as the Type 1911A1, Norinco M-1911 or Norinco Model M-1911; the official Norinco designation is "Model of the 1911"). Many firearms experts consider this version of the M-1911A1 to be among the best foreign-built copies of the M-1911A1 in the world, and in real-world prices, it’s far less expensive than an actual M-1911A1 built by Colt, Springfield, or Auto-Ordnance. Importation of the Type 1911 was halted in 1995 as part of a "punishment package" imposed by the Clinton Administration as well as a general attempt to ban as many firearms as possible (the Clinton-era firearms bans were some of the few things about the Clinton Administration I thought was very wrong), but they are now being imported again.

The original version, introduced in the late 1980s, was in fact virtually identical to World War 2-era M-1911A1s, differing primarily in the hard-parkerized finish, a few parts incompatibilities, the markings, and a slight weight difference. Current Type 1911s are equipped with slightly larger sights of the 3-dot type. Finish is usually the same hard parkerized finish, which not only looks good but is quite effective at providing protection from the elements and corrosion. Grip plates are generally of brown checkered plastic, though Norinco also makes the Type 1911 with checkered wooden grips; in addition, most aftermarket grips can be used on a Type 1911.

The Type 1911 has earned a reputation for accuracy and reliability – in fact, the Type 1911 can digest virtually any ammunition or type of round in the world, to the extent that it has no problem with rounds that will not cycle properly even in M-1911A1s that are built by Colt, Springfield, or Auto-Ordnance, or older ones kept in stock ore used by various military forces in the world today. It even cycles hollowpoints without a problem; "real" M-1911A1s have always been finicky about hollowpoints. Though many shooters report a number of minor nuisance problems here and there, most complaints revolve around the Type 1911s heavy and stiff trigger pull. However, the Type 1911s trigger design is simple, and even a halfway-competent gunsmith can adjust the pull weight and stiffness easily, and the standard trigger pull is something that is easily gotten used to by most shooters.

Variants include the Type 1911C; this is version of the Type 1911 cut down to Commander size. There are more differences between the Type 1911C and the Colt Commander than the Type 1911 and the M-1911A1; these differences include a frame of heavier steel, a wrap-around Neoprene rubber grip, and 3-dot sights as standard.

The Type 1911 also comes in two versions chambered for 9mm Parabellum. The Type 1911 P9 (also known as the NP-29, Model NP-29, Type NP-29, etc.) uses a single-stack magazine, an extended grip safety and beavertail, a Commander-type hammer, wrap-around rubber ergonomic grips, and 3-dot-type sights (with an adjustable rear sight being an option). The

The Type 1911A1C is a weapon along the same vein, but a copy of the Colt Commander. The Type 1911A1C, however, is made entirely of steel, and has a wrap-around rubber grip. The sights are 3-dot type in white.

The Type 1911 P9 (also known as the NP-29) is a sort of sporting version of the Type 1911A1, firing 9mm Parabellum. It has an extended grip safety, Commander-type hammer, wrap-around rubber grip with finger grooves, and 3-dot white sights. It is built of steel. The Type 1911 P15 (also known as the NP-28, etc.) uses a double-column magazine housed in a slightly-wider grip, but is otherwise identical.

Twilight 2000 Notes: In the Twilight 2000 timeline, Chinese officers and special operations personnel are fond of this weapon, particularly in .45 ACP. Chinese special ops troops are also known to use the Type 1911, Type 1911 P9, and Type 1911 P15 pistols equipped with extended barrels threaded for use with silencers.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 1911

.45 ACP

1.14 kg

7

$406

Type 1911 (Current)

.45 ACP

1.1 kg

7

$406

Type 1911C

.45 ACP

1.09 kg

7

$400

Type 1911 P9

9mm Parabellum

1.15 kg

9

$248

Type 1911 P15

9mm Parabellum

1.24 kg

15

$284

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 1911

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Type 1911C

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

12

Type 1911 P9

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

12

Type 1911 P15

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

12

Type 64 Silenced Pistol

Notes: This is a Chinese silenced pistol, with an integral noise/flash suppresser. The Type 64 is reportedly no longer in service, but the Chinese are known for never getting rid of any weapon. The Type 64 uses special ammunition designed for high bullet weight and low velocity. It can be operated in one of two ways: standard mode allows he weapon to operate in a normal semiautomatic manner, or a selector bar can be pushed, preventing the slide from cycling. When this position is used, the Type 64 fires at the bolt-action (BA) rate.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon was sometimes used by Chinese government agents and special operations troops.

Merc 2000 Notes: By 2000, most of these weapons are in too poor shape to be effective; however, a very few are in use by the Chinese, and more have been sold to poorer Third World countries like the Philippines and Cambodia.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 64

7.62mm Type 64

1.81 kg

9

$203

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 64

SA

1

Nil

1

1

Nil

8

Type 67 Silenced Pistol

Notes: This is an improved version of the Type 64 (Chinese) silenced pistol above. The biggest improvement is the silencer; it is smaller and lighter to fit easier in a holster, yet just as effective. The contours of the Type 67 are smoother so it’s easier to draw. The Type 67 replaced the Type 64 in Chinese service. In addition to the Type 64 cartridge, this pistol can also fire the Type 67 reduced-velocity cartridge.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 67

7.62mm Type 64, 7.62mm Type 67

1.05 kg

9

$201

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 67 (Type 64 Ammo)

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

8

Type 67 (Type 67 Ammo)

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

7

Norinco Type 77

Notes: This is a light pistol typically issued to Chinese officers, attaches, and police. The Type 77 uses a German method of operation long out of use elsewhere in the world. The weapon is cocked by moving the front of the trigger guard. When the slide is pulled back, all that is needed to make the weapon ready to fire is to take the finger off the trigger guard and onto the trigger. In the event of a misfire, this feature can also be used to clear the weapon single-handedly. (The mechanism for this type of cocking is called a Chylewsky device.)

The M-77B is a sporting version of this pistol, enlarged to fire 9mm Parabellum ammunition, and has an adjustable sight. It is quite a bit larger than the standard M-77, and was introduced in 1989. The problem with the Type 77 is that in a larger, heavier pistol firing a more powerful cartridge like the 9mm Parabellum, requires that for one to use the Chylewsky cocking device requires a person with both longer fingers and almost freakish grip strength, as the shooter has to overcome a much stronger and heavier recoil spring. This is probably a big reason why neither the PLA nor the Chinese Police use the Type 77B. The Type NP-20 and 24 are civilian versions of the Type 77B; they both have a plethora of extra safeties, including a standard safety catch, slide catch, magazine safety, and automatic firing pin safety. It also has an adjustable rear sight. Both discard the Chylewsky device in favor of a more conventional slide-pulling cocking method. The NP-20 has a single-stack magazine, but a version known as the Type NP-24 has a double-stack magazine.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 77

7.62mm Type 64

0.5 kg

7

$111

Type 77B

9mm Parabellum

1 kg

9

$162

NP-20

9mm Parabellum

1.1 kg

9

$164

NP-24

9mm Parabellum

1.2 kg

15

$166

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 77

SA

1

Nil

0

4

Nil

6

Type 77B

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

12

NP-20

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

12

NP-24

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

12

Norinco Type 80

Notes: Based on the Mauser 712 (a machine pistol variant of the Mauser Broomhandle), the Type 80 is almost entirely out of service in China, and most copies are in the hands of foreign weapons collectors or in museums. Versions of the Mauser c/96 were in use in China since the 1930s, and China has long made clones of the Mausers. Though the lineage of the Type 80 is recognizable, the Type 80 does have a considerably different, more modern appearance, and they were built with more modern contours and manufacturing methods. The Type 80 was not produced in large numbers; it appears to have been built as sort of a PDW for certain elements of the Chinese Army and some elements of the police.

The operation of the Type 80 is largely the same as the Mauser 712 variant of the c/96. The magazine well is sloped forward, and it is shorter than that of the Mauser 712. The grip is much more ergonomic and contours are generally more rounded than the Mauser 712. The selector is on the left side of the frame. The standard shoulder stock is a folding steel stock that is detachable; the large holster made for the Type 80 provides room for the folded, detached stock. Another type of holster that combines the holster with the stock is also available, similar to that of the original Mauser 712. The Type 80 is single-action, with a trigger mechanism being a modified form of that on the Tokarev. Instead of the adjustable sights of the Mauser 712, the Type 80 has fixed sights. A few Type 80s can also mount a bayonet, but how effective this would be on such a small weapon is debatable.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon was mostly out of service in China before the Twilight War, except for some special operations units. It was used to arm some personnel of reserve and militia units when submachineguns were in short supply.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 80

7.62mm Tokarev

1.16 kg

10, 20

$329

Type 80 Stock

N/A

0.5 kg

10, 20

$50

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 80

3/5

1

Nil

1

2

3/5

12

Type 80 (With Stock)

3/5

1

Nil

3

1

2/3

15

Type 84

Notes: This is a mini-pistol designed for use by security personnel in aircraft, ships, and trains, as well as by undercover security personnel or for use as a personal defense weapon. The Type 84 uses a special round that has a frangible synthetic composition bullet so that it still does damage to a human body, but does not penetrate hard surfaces like an aircraft cabin. It can also fire the 7.62mm Type 64 round. The Type 84 is a quite small weapon, not quite 12 cm long, and ideally-suited for undercover or concealed carry. The unfortunate by-product of its light and cheap construction is that it wears out quite fast – even the Chinese consider a typical Type 84 unsuited for use after 500 rounds have been fired through it.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 84

7.62mm Type 84 or Type 64

0.38 kg

6

$103

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 84 (Type 84 Round)

SA

1

Nil

0

5

Nil

4

Type 84 (Type 64 Round)

SA

1

Nil

0

5

Nil

4

Type 93

Notes: This is a faithful copy of the old Colt Woodsman rimfire pistol. It is considered a beautiful copy, well prized by collectors. It was introduced in 1992, and is made totally of steel. An automatic firing pin safety is added, and the grip plates are of black plastic. The barrel is some 4 millimeters longer than the original short-barreled Woodsman.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Type 93

.22 Long Rifle

0.7 kg

10

$99

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Type 93

SA

-1

Nil

1

2

Nil

8

Type NP-11

Notes: This is an unusual modification of the Tokarev in 9mm Parabellum. It has an upwards-curved hammer spur with a beavertail-like protrusion behind the weapon that is designed to protect the web of the hand from the hammer, and does not contain a grip safety. The safety catch is ambidextrous.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-11

9mm Parabellum

0.91 kg

8

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-11

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

Type NP-15

Notes: Though this weapon is described by Norinco as an improved Tokarev, in appearance and operation it is more similar to the early models of Colt pistols. It has a safety catch on the left side of the frame, and a nickel-plated finish with black rubber grip plates.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-15

9mm Parabellum

1 kg

8

$240

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-15

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

Type NP-17

Notes: This is sort of a Tokarev "taken to the max;" it is chambered in 9mm Parabellum, has a wrap-around black rubber grip, and a 3-chamber compensator at the end of the barrel to dampen muzzle climb and blast. It typically has a nickel-plated frame with a blued slide and compensator.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-17

9mm Parabellum

0.94 kg

8

$443

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-17

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

11

Type NP-18

Notes: This is sort of a copy of the Browning Hi-Power, but the safety catch is more reminiscent of Walther designs, being on the left side of the slide and doubling as a decocker. The NP-15 has a slightly larger magazine and, like most Chinese weapons, is built of steel.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-18

9mm Parabellum

1 kg

14

$244

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-18

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

11

Type NP-22

Notes: This is a virtually exact copy of the SiG-Sauer P-226, complete with decocker on the left side of the frame. Unlike most Chinese pistols, this one has a light alloy frame. The sights are of the white 3-dot variety.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-22

9mm Parabellum

0.89 kg

15

$243

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-22

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Type NP-34

Notes: Like the NP-22, this is a copy of a SiG-Sauer pistol – this time the P-228. Like the original, it has a light alloy frame, and like the NP-22, has 3-white-dot sights.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-34

9mm Parabellum

0.74 kg

13

$237

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-34

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9

Type NP-38

Notes: This is another near-exact copy of a foreign pistol, this time the Browning Hi-Power. However, there are some differences from the HP-35; the safety catch is more reminiscent of the MK III, the trigger is double-action-only, and the weapon has an automatic firing pin safety. It also only has a single-stack magazine.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NP-38

9mm Parabellum

0.9 kg

8

$244

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NP-38

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Type NZ-75

Notes: This is basically a Chinese copy of the Czech CZ-75. Like the original, it is a double-action weapon with a safety catch to the left of the slide, as well as a slide catch and magazine release. The NZ-75 normally has 3-white-dot sights, but a version with a white stripe rear and front sight is available. Grip plates may be plastic or hardwood.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

NZ-75

9mm Parabellum

1 kg

15

$242

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

NZ-75

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

11

Type PPN

Notes: This is a Chinese copy of the Walther PPK. The sights are 3-white-dot-type sights. The PPN has black plastic grip plates. The frame is of light alloy.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

PPN

.380 ACP

0.6 kg

8

$144

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

PPN

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

10

Type QSZ-92

Notes: This relatively new development from Norinco was introduced in 1994, and has been issued to certain Chinese units since the late 1980s. The operation is similar to the Browning Hi-Power, being a locked-breech, recoil-operated pistol. The trigger is double-action, and the frame is of polymer. The safety/decocker is ambidextrous. Under the barrel is an accessory rail to mount various tactical accessories. The fixed sights have tritium inserts. The Type QSZ-92 comes in two versions: a 9mm Parabellum-firing version, and one firing a proprietary 5.8x21mm armor-piercing round which appears to be based on the Belgian 5.7mm FN round.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This is an extremely rare weapon, but can be found in the hands of some Chinese special units.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

QSZ-92

9mm Parabellum

0.76 kg

15

$242

QSZ-92

5.8mm Chinese Pistol

0.76 kg

20

$427

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

QSZ-92 (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

QSZ-92 (5.8mm)

SA

2

1-1-Nil

1

4

Nil

13