and instead of any of the existing stuff out there, they design a new revolver and cartridge.
Cartridge is based on the .38S&W. The pistol has a safety.
And apparently the weapon and cartridge choice is based on 'Let's use a hardware solution to a software problem' thinking:
An article in the
Wall Street Journal posits that "Chinese ballistics engineers
specifically designed the weapon to minimize risks associated with
introducing handguns into a society that has little experience with
If so, bad idea; the solution to that problem is training, not 'let's complicate the tool itself a bit'.
From one of the links in the post, this on the ammunition:
The jacketed bullet is interesting. It has a copper jacket covering a
block of high-density polyethylene at the front and a lead disc at the
base. The lead base looks like it makes up around 40% of the total
volume of the bullet.
According to the specifications also
published in Chinese forums, the bullets weighs 123 gr and has a muzzle
velocity of 721 fps. This works out to a muzzle energy of just 142
ft.lbs. This is the same muzzle energy as a high velocity .22 LR and
less than a hyper velocity .22 LR. Penetration would be a lot worse than
a .22 LR owing to the larger caliber and expansion of the polymer
"Let's make a holster that requires extra motions if you do need to draw, and throw on a safety, and make a cartridge that can't be counted on to stop an attacker(especially a worked-up Uiger with a knife bound on glory for Allah) so that if they screw up and shoot when they shouldn't it'll be less likely to kill an innocent. And if they do hit the bad guy overpenetration won't be a problem!"
I foresee problems with this.