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QJY-88 machine gun
TypeLight machine gun
Place of originPeople's Republic of China
Service history
In serviceLate 1990s
Used byPLA Ground Force, People's Armed Police
Production history
DesignerChina North Industries Corporation
ManufacturerChina North Industries Corporation
VariantsLight mode/Heavy mode
MassLight mode:7.6 kg (17 lb), Heavy mode:11.8 kg (26 lb)
LengthLight mode:1,151 mm (45.3 in), Heavy mode:1,321 mm (52.0 in)
Barrel length600 mm (24 in)
Crew2: gunner and ammunition feeder

Cartridge5.8×42mm DBP88 "Heavy rounds"
Rate of fire650–700 rounds/min, 300 rounds/min (sustained fire)
Muzzle velocity895 m/s (2,940 ft/s)
Effective firing range800–1000 meters
Feed systemBelt, 100 & 200 round cartridge case
SightsIron 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]


  1. ^ "Modern Firearms". Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  2. ^ http://yahoo.yododo.com/guide/014075DE56C21352402881D34075D8DD