QSZ-92 NP 42 CF 98
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Production history
Designer Liu Ming (刘铭) of the Small Arms Research Institute (formerly the 208 Research Institute); also attributed to Qing Shangsheng (卿上升)
Designed 1994
Manufacturer Changfeng Machine Shop (长风机械厂)(only CF98 made by them)
Variants QSZ92-9, QSZ92-5.8
Weight 760 g
Length 190 mm (7.48 in)
Barrel length 111 mm (4.33 in)
Width 35 mm
Height 135 mm

Action Short recoil, locked breech, rotating barrel lock
Muzzle velocity 350 m/s (1,150 ft/s) (9×19mm Parabellum)
Effective firing range 50 meters (9×19mm Parabellum)
Feed system

Detachable box magazine; capacities:

  • 15 rounds (9×19mm)
  • 20 rounds (5.8×21mm)
Sights Fixed, 3-dot type

The QSZ-92 (Chinese: 92式手枪; pinyin: Jiǔ Èr Shí Shoǔqiàng or Jiǔ Shí Èr Shi Shoǔqiàng; literally: "Type 92 Handgun") is a semi-automatic pistol designed by Norinco.


The pistol operate is a recoil-operated, locked-breech and has a rotating barrel locking system, in which the barrel rotates on recoil to lock and unlock itself from the slide and the front part of the frame under the barrel is shaped as an accessory rail to accept laser sights or flash lights.

Its dual stack magazine holds fifteen of either 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition (QSZ-92-9) or twenty proprietary 5.8×21mm Chinese-made armor-piercing rounds with bottle-necked case and pointed bullets (QSZ-92-5.8), closely resembling the Belgian 5.7×28mm format.

The development of the QSZ-92 pistol began circa 1994 and it is now being adopted by the People's Liberation Army forces. The export variants (9mm version) include the CF-98 (barrel life c. 8000 rds) and the NP-42 (barrel life c. 10,000 rds). The latter is the basic version without provisions for suppressor etc. Both have so far found commercial export in Canada.


The QSZ-92 is in limited service in the People's Liberation Army since the late 1990s, notably in People's Liberation Army Macau Garrison. The Chinese military has adopted the 9mm version over the 5.8mm one.




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