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After adopting the QBZ-95 as service rifle, the People's Republic of China found it inadequate and replaced it with a new rifle patterned in a traditional layout: the QBZ-03, which served as its main service rifle for a while and during the Moment of Reorganization. Under the new ADR government, a new, distinctive rifle was requested and developed, both out of nationalistic reasons and also to catch up with modern materials technology.
Upon realizing that the new JQSZ-41 rifles had a very short sight radius, an uncomfortable cheekweld (due to rails positioned to the rear), a lack of forward accessory capability, and feeding problems, the ADR government launched an investigation into the procurement process and found multiple instances of bribery and corruption. A new committee was appointed to replace the weapon, and, revisiting other prototypes designed for the initial round of testing, they found some promising alternatives, including the similar but superior JQSZ-43. After several months of improvement, a new version of it was eventually purchased and entered into service as the JQSZ-44 and 45.
The JQSZ-43 is a prototype developed at the same time as the 41, with a straight-track bolt carrier. Although it is larger, its better cheekweld, sight placement, and rail positioning have brought it to the attention of acquisition officials when the JQSZ-41 purchase was cancelled.
The JQSZ-44 is an evolution of the 43, with a simpler stock, resembling that of the QBZ-95. It was finally adopted as the main ADR service rifle, replacing the JQSZ-41.
The JQSZ-45 is a carbine version of the 44, with a short barrel, modified gas system, and vertical foregrip. Otherwise, the rest of its parts are identical.