|Type 85||Type 85 silenced|
|Caliber||7.62×25 Type 51 / TT||7.62×25 Type 64|
|Weight||1.9 kg empty||2.5 kg empty|
|Length (stock closed/open)||444 / 628 mm||631 / 869 mm|
|Barrel length||210 mm||n/a|
|Rate of fire||780 rounds per minute||800 rounds per minute|
|Magazine capacity||30 rounds||30 rounds|
|Effective range||150-200 m||100-150 m|
Type 85 submachine gun has been developed during early 1980s as a less expensivereplacement for Type 79 submachine gun; silencedversion of the same weapon was developed to replace Type64 silenced submachine guns then in service with PLA. Both weapons wereoffered for export sales, as well as used by domestic police and military units.
Type85 submachine gun is a simple blowback weapon that fires from open bolt. It uses tubular receiver made from steel; long silencer tube is also made from steel. Safety / fire mode selector lever is located at the right side of the trigger unit, above the trigger guard, and allows for single shots and full automatic fire. Type 85 silenced SMG is optimized for special 7.62x25mm type 64 ammunition with heavy, subsonic bullet, but also can fire standard 7.62mm Type 51 /7.62×25 mm TT ammunition (with increased sound level). Gun is fed using same 30-round box magazines as Type 64 SMG. Shoulder stock is made from steel and folds to the right when not in use.