It goes without saying that we love Real Sword. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. While Real Sword is still technically around, it’s been about a decade or so since they’ve produced a new type of gun. Due to the circumstances, it is not likely that a QBZ-95-1 will be produced for the airsoft market. To make matters worst, word on the street is that the RS-97 full size series is done for. There are no more new stocks, and all existing units from RS has been sold. There maybe some B-series lying around, but it’s unknown to exactly how many are left. So, unless you’re going to use an AK as a stand-in for a QBZ-03, it’s going to be a rough ride- or not.
Enter the Norinco CQ rifle:
The Chinese LOVE reverse-engineering things. While many of the recent Chinese military equipment has been indigenously designed, or at least attempts to look indigenous, the Chinese military industrial complex continues to clone pre-existing foreign arms. Such is the CQ rifle. The Type-CQ is an unlicensed M-16 variant produced by Norinco. Officially, it is known as the CQ-5.56. There are rumors of a 5.8×42mm version as well, but we assume that is for testing purposes. While not officially in use, PLA and P.A.P. Special Forces personnel has been seen to use and field these rifles during international military competitions. In paramilitary usage, multiple SWAT teams in China have been confirmed to be using them, including that of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit (responsible for Beijing Olympics security in 2008).
Currently, you can buy an AR replica rifle and have it stand-in for a CQ. But luckily, world-class airsoft manufacturer E&L actually has the exact type of replica in stock. Rumor has it that E&L is a branch of a Chinese small-arms manufacturer, which explains their quality of airsoft externals. The AR system they are currently selling is unmarked, and has several distinct similarities to actual CQ rifles. All that remains missing is the distinctive Chinese scope, which must be dugged up from TaoBao.
While understandingly not the best of solutions, this remains an option for those interested in running a China kit, but are also not willing to buy or find a Real Sword replica.
-FET Admin Team
Oh yeah, and you can find these products at the Airsoft Megatore.