This is a relatively new cartridge, developed by Chinese experts during mid- to late 1980s. Today it is a main infantry cartridge in the PLA, which is chambered in assault rifles, light and universal machine guns and sniper rifles. For latter applications (machine guns and sniping) a long-range version was developed that features heavier bullet and higher pressure load. Later on, a new “universal” load, designated DBP-10, was introduced into service.
|Designation||Bullet weight, g||Muzzle velocity, m/s||Muzzle energy, J||Comments|
|5.8×42 DAP-87||4.15||790||1290||standard military ball bullet from carbine|
|5.8×42 DAP-87||4.15||930||1790||standard military ball bullet from standard assult rifle|
|5.8×42 DBP-10||4.6||915||1925||universal military ball bullet from standard assult rifle|