5.8x21mm DAP92

Cartridge Data Published On: December 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm by Bullet-Blog and last updated on February 12, 2015 at 11:24 am


5.7x21mm DCV05


The 5.8x21mm DAP92 (AKA: 5.7x21mm DCV05) is a Center Fire cartridge with a Bullet Diameter of 0.236 in” (5.99mm) that is primarily used in Pistols. The 5.8x21mm DAP92 originated in China in 1994. The 5.8x21mm DAP92 also has a case length of 0.827 in” (21.01mm) and an overall length of 1.28 in” (32.51mm).

Additional Cartridge Designations: Armor Piercing


The 5.8x21mm DAP92 Cartridge is an armor piercing round created for the PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) in China as an acceptable alternative to the 7.62mm Tokarev and 9x19mm Parabellum (Luger) Cartridges, in a smaller and more compact form. With a diameter of 5.8mm (.228 Inches) the 5.8x21mm DAP92 is considered a .22 Caliber pistol cartridge, although offers acceptable performace with velocities well above 1500fps when fired from both pistols and small PDW type weapons such as the QCW-05 Submachine Gun, a suppressed submachine gun also created for use by the Peoples Liberation Army.

Because of its armor piercing design, utilizing a steel-core projectile, the 5.8x21mm DAP92 Cartridge is capable of moderate penetration of hard surfaces out to approximately 100 yards, although is still considered inferior to other PDW style designed cartridges such as the 4.6x30mm and 5.7x28mm FN Cartridges, both NATO designs, as well as the 6.5x25mm CBJ, a PDW Cartridge designed for high functionality in a large array of configurations.

Associated Firearms

Type 92 Handgun (QSZ-92 Service Pistol or CF-98), SAG Type 05 (QCW-05 Chinese or “Silenced Assault Gun 2005”)

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  • 1994
  • China
  • Rimless,Bottleneck
  • Pistols
  • 0.236 in” (5.99mm)
  • 0.259 in” (6.58mm)
  • 0.306 in” (7.77mm)
  • 0.313 in” (7.95mm)
  • 0.314 in” (7.98mm)
  • 0.04 in” (1.12mm)
  • 0.827 in” (21.01mm)
  • 1.28 in” (32.51mm)
  • Center Fire

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