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QJY88


88式通用机枪


Overview


QJY88

A Chinese QJY88 light machine gun in heavy form on tripod mount.
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Origin
China
Type
Machine gun
Entered service
1999
Status
In service
Development
Late 1980's
Developer
China - Norinco
Production
Late 1990's - ?
Producer
China - Norinco
Designations
Type 88
88式通用机枪
Notable users
China

Description


Introduction

The QJY88 is a modern machine gun of Chinese origin. It was developed in the late 1980's as a replacement for the old Type 67 machine guns in Chinese service. The QJY88 is an unconventional weapon in the sense that it is a heavy weapon that uses and intermediate power caliber. In practice it proved too heavy for infantry use, while lacking the firepower of a true medium machine gun.

Design

The QJY88 is a general purpose machine gun in a light machine gun caliber. It is much heavier than Western counterparts chambered for an intermediate caliber. The design is conventional in being gas operated and using a long stroke gas system. A plastic shoulder stock, pistol grip and handguard are fitted. A bipod and carrying handle are fitted as standard. Optics and a tripod mount are optional.

Firepower

The QJY88 fires the heavy load version of the 5.8x42mm Chinese round. The 200 rounds belts are fed from left to right and are usually carried in a box attached to the weapon. The cyclic rate of fire is 650 to 700 rpm. The quick change barrel system allows for sustained fire. The maximum range from the bipod is 500 to 600 meters and 800 to 1.000 meters when mounted on a tripod.

Users

The QJY88 is only used by the Chinese army. It is also in limited use with the People's Armed Police. The QJY88 is believed to be unpopular due to its weight and limited performance.

Variants


QJY88

A QJY88 in the infantry mode without tripod.
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Variants of the QJY88

The QJY88 is produced only in a single variant. The QJY88 is fitted with a foldable bipod for infantry use and can be fitted on a tripod or vehicle for use from fixed positions. Optical and night vision sights are optional.

Details


Facts QJY88
General
Origin
China
Type
Machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
5.8x42mm DBP87
Feed system
Belt fed
100 or 200 round belts
Barrel length
600 mm
Rifling
Right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
895 m/s using DBP87
Operation
Action
Gas operated, long stroke gas piston, fires from open bolt
Fire selector
0 - F
Rate of fire
650 - 700 rpm
800 - 1.000 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed
Length
1.151 mm on bipod
1.321 mm on tripod
Weight
7.6 kg on bipod
11.8 kg on tripod
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights
Optics
Optional
Accessories
Bipod
Yes, fixed foldable bipod
Tripod
Optional lightweight tripod

Media


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Type 67

The QJY88 was developed to replace the Type 67 machine gun in Chinese service. This required the QJ88 to be usable on a tripod and man portable during an assault.