|Public (TYO: 6203)|
|Founded||February 9, 1907|
|Headquarters||Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan|
|Products||Military and Civilian firearms, industrial tools, construction vehicles|
|Revenue||25,309 million Japanese Yen (April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008)|
|Total equity||32,016,008,004 Japanese Yen (March 31, 2008)|
Number of employees
|1,212 persons (As of March 31, 2008)|
|Divisions||Chunichi Transportation Co., Ltd., Hoyu Co., Ltd., Hoen Co., Ltd., H.O. ENGINEERING CO., LTD., HOWA MACHINERY SINGAPORE PTE LTD.|
Howa Machinery Company Ltd (豊和工業株式会社 howa kogyo kabusiki-gaisya?) is a Japanese machinery manufacturer. The company is known internationally for their production of military and civilian firearms. However, they also manufacture products such as industrial tools, construction vehicles and windows and doors.
Since 1940 Howa has been heavily involved in the Japanese armaments industry. Many of their WWII-era weapons are highly sought after collector's items.
Howa was involved in manufacturing the famous Arisaka rifle series.
Post WWII military
- Howa Type 64
- Howa Type 89
- AR-18 (licensed production for Armalite Inc.)
- Howa Type 96
- Howa 84mm Recoilless Rifle (licensed copy of the Swedish Carl Gustaf 84 mm Recoilless Rifle)
- Spotting rifle mount for Type 60 recoilless rifles.
During the early 1970s, Howa produced the AR-18 and AR-180 5.56mm assault rifle as a license from Armalite Inc. of Costa Mesa, California, which marketed the rifle to various military forces. Japanese government restrictions on the sales of military small arms to foreign countries eventually forced Howa to cease production of the AR-18/AR-180, moving production back to Armalite.
Howa has produced a long line of civilian hunting and target practice rifles in a range of calibers. Howa manufactures components for other firearm companies such as Mossberg, Smith & Wesson, and Weatherby.
- Howa M1500 Bolt-action rifle in sporting, varmint and heavy barrel configurations. Howa rifles are available in the U.S. from Legacy Sports International.
- "Howa Type 64 7.62 mm automatic rifle (Japan), RIFLES". Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
- "Howa Type 89 - Infantry Weapons". Retrieved 2008-07-29.
- "Exhibision (sic) of Equipments". Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- "The 5.56 X 45mm: 1967". Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- "The 5.56 X 45mm: 1968-1969". Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- "Legacy Sports' Howa Page". Legacy Sports. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- Howa Machinery, Ltd
- Howa Rifles website
- Legacy Sports page on Howa Bolt Action Rifles
- Howa Rifles in UK