Saturday, March 26, 2022

China's Last Kalashnikov: The QBZ-56C


China's Last Kalashnikov: The QBZ-56C
This 7.62x39mm shorty is the end of China's Kalashnikov line. Read Tim Yan's full review of this interesting AK developed for Naval service here!

Link to the Firearms News article

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Links to two great articles by Kenneth Allen on "PLA’s Enlisted Force"


The Evolution of the PLA’s Enlisted Force: Conscription and Recruitment (Part One)

Publication: China Brief Volume: 22 Issue: 1


The Evolution of the PLA’s Enlisted Force: Training (Part Two)

Publication: China Brief Volume: 22 Issue: 3




This article is the first in a two-part series on the evolution of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) enlisted force. Part one provides background and examines key issues in the PLA’s conscription and recruitment of enlisted personnel. Part two overviews the role of the enlisted force in the annual training cycle. The PLA’s yearly training cycle has always revolved around the annual conscription cycle, but each service and subordinate branch has been affected differently based on the size of the conscript force within the service/branch. Four major reforms have directly affected the conscript force: 1) the number and percentage of conscripts within the overall enlisted force; 2) the transition from an illiterate conscript force to a more educated force; 3) the creation of a two-year conscript force and a 28-year noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps; and 4) the change from a one to two-cycle annual conscription process.

This article addresses the following issues: key terms, guidance documents, force size and composition, gender, health issues, management and quotas, the annual conscription cycle, and compensation. Although the information applies to all PLA services, forces, and branches, the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) is used for specific examples.




Tuesday, January 11, 2022

QBZ bullpups of the Djibouti base detachment


QBZ bullpups of the Djibouti base detachment. 2nd Gen Defender top rails, Sig 1-4x, EOTech, Aimpoint?, Trijicon MRO, Vortex 1-6x. Cheek riser for optic useage. They got the budget for oversea deployment.