NORINCO NSG-85 History

The NSG-85 is a new Chinese military sniper rifle developed from the Type 85 series rifle, itself born from the old Soviet SVD sniper rifle line of 7.62mm caliber. The NSG-85 is an all-modern offering with full support for all manner of tactical accessories and features lightweight composites where appropriate. It retains the 7.62x54mmR cartridge as well as the SVD-style short-count, curved magazine case. The weapon lacks the traditional iron sights of its forerunners as it is intended as a true precision weapon - mounting a scope over the receiver.

The weapon carries over much of the same form of the original SVD and subsequent Type 85 rifle design, particularly at the receiver. Obvious changes are at the shoulder stock and handguard - the former being adjustable and featuring a cheekrest and monopod with the latter offering four sections of Picatinny rail for support of accessories along the top, sides, and underneath the handguard. In this way, the weapon can easily utilize any off-the-shelf optics over the gun, tactical flashlights and laser sights along the sides, and a folding, adjustable bipod under the forward weight of the gun. The barrel protrudes some in the design and does not appear to use a flash hider or any sort of muzzle attachment. The pistol grip is ergonomically formed with a slight rearward angle and the trigger group just ahead. The trigger ring is purposely large to support use of a gloved hand. The magazine release/catch is featured prominently just aft of the magazine well - a Soviet rifle tradition.

The NSG-85 was debuted n June of 2014.

NORINCO NSG-85 Specification


- Long-Range Precision


Overall Length:

1,225 mm (48.23 in)

Barrel Length:

600 mm (23.62 in)

Weight (Unloaded):

9.37 lb (4.25 kg)





Semi-Automatic; Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt

Muzzle Velocity:

2,725 feet-per-second (831 meters-per-second)

Effective Range:

2,625 ft (800 m; 875 yd)


NSG-85 - Base Series Designation

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