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QJY-88 machine gun
Type Light machine gun
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Service history
In service Late 1990s
Used by PLA Ground Force, People's Armed Police
Production history
Designer China North Industries Corporation
Designed 1989
Manufacturer China North Industries Corporation
Variants Light mode/Heavy mode
Weight Light mode:7.6 kg (17 lb), Heavy mode:11.8 kg (26 lb)
Length Light mode:1,151 mm (45.3 in), Heavy mode:1,321 mm (52.0 in)
Barrel length 600 mm (24 in)
Crew 2: gunner and ammunition feeder

Cartridge 5.8 x 42 mm Heavy rounds
Action gas-operated
Rate of fire 650–700 rounds/min, 300 rounds/min (sustained fire)
Muzzle velocity 895 m/s (2,940 ft/s)
Effective firing range 800–1000 meters
Feed system Belt, 100 & 200 round cartridge case
Sights Iron sight

The QJY-88, also known as the Type 88 LMG (Chinese: 88式通用机枪, 1988 shì tōngyòng jīqiāng; English: 1988 model general purpose machine gun), is a 5.8x42mm Chinese light machine gun designed in the late 1980s by China North Industries Corporation, otherwise known as Norinco. It was intended to replace the obsolete Type 67 machine gun in service with the PLA.[1]


The GPMG was created with first prototypes designed in 1989 before it was approved for production in 1999.[2]