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5.8×21mm DAP92
Type Personal defense weapon
Place of origin Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Service history
Used by Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Production history
Designed 1994
Manufacturer Norinco
Case type Rimless, Bottleneck[1]
Bullet diameter 6.00 mm (0.236 in) [2]
Neck diameter 6.57 mm (0.259 in)
Shoulder diameter 7.77 mm (0.306 in)
Base diameter 7.95 mm (0.313 in)
Rim diameter 7.97 mm (0.314 in)
Rim thickness 1.13 mm (0.044 in)
Case length 21.00 mm (0.827 in)
Overall length 32.50 mm (1.280 in)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
45 gr (3 g) Armor Piercing 1,574 ft/s (480 m/s) 247 ft·lbf (335 J)

The 5.8×21mm cartridge is a Chinese armor-piercing firearm cartridge.


The cartridge was designed for replacements of 7.62×25mm Tokarev–chambered small arms for the People's Liberation Army that would offer a wound as large as a standard 9×19mm Parabellum round.[3] This round is offered in both a standard, and subsonic version.[1] Both the QSZ-92 pistol and the QCW-05 Type 05 submachine gun are produced in this caliber as well as 9×19mm Parabellum.[4][5]

The 5.8×21mm is slightly less powerful than similar Western rounds, like the 5.7×28mm and 4.6×30mm. It has a steel-cored 3 g (46 gr) bullet that has a muzzle velocity of 530 m/s (1,700 ft/s) and muzzle energy of 420 J (310 ft·lb) from a submachine gun barrel. The round can penetrate 1.3 mm (0.051 in) of helmet steel plate, and 50 mm (2.0 in) of pine wood behind it, out to 100 meters.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "5.8x21 / MUNICION.ORG". Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  2. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  3. Fortier, David M. (September 24, 2010). "Military Ammo Today". Guns & Ammo. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  4. Popenker, Maxim. "Modern Firearms - QSZ-92 pistol". World Guns. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  5. Popenker, Maxim. "Modern Firearms - Type 05 submachine gun". World Guns. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  6. Where Next For PDWs? by Anthony G Williams Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.

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