Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Type 67 general purpose machine gun (China)


Type 67 machine gun on tripod, with 100-round drum belt container attached to the right side of receiver.
  Type 67 machine gun on tripod, with 100-round drum belt container attached to the right side of receiver.

Type 67-2 general purpose machine gun on tripod; note that tripod is different from original type 67.
  Type 67-2 general purpose machine gun on tripod; note that tripod is different from original type 67.
 Type 67-2 general purpose machine gun in light machine gun role, on integral bipod.
 Type 67-2 general purpose machine gun in light machine gun role, on integral bipod.

Caliber: 7.62x54mmR
Weight: 11 kg (gun) + 13 kg (tripod, Type 67) or 5 kg (tripod, Type67-2)
Length: 1345 mm
Length of barrel: 605 mm
Feeding: belt, 100 or 250 rounds
Rate of fire: 650-700 rounds/min

Type 67 was the first Chinese general purpose machine gun, developed to replace earlier Type 53 and Type 57 7,62mm medium machine guns (license-built copies of Soviet SG-43 and SGM respectively). This weapon combined features borrowed from many other machine guns, and went through a number of variations, still serving with PLA (Chinese People's Liberation Army).

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