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NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88)


Sniper Rifle


China | 1988



"The QBU-88 is a Chinese sniper rifle offered up in limited numbers and features a bullpup configuration."



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The QBU-88 (also known as the Type 88) represents a modern sniper rifle made available to the People's Liberation Army of China. The weapon system was developed in the 1980's and accepted into service towards the end of the decade. Since then, it has seen limited production and has also been offered up in a NATO-friendly variant. The sniper rifle is issued to various military and security elements.

The QBU-88 fires the 5.8x42mm cartridge from a 10-round detachable box magazine. The export version, known as the KBU-97A fires the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge and can feed from standard STANAG magazines (the Chinese QBU-88 does not have this feature). The QBU-88 firing action is accomplished through gas operation of a short stroke piston mechanism and offers up an effective range of up to 800 meters. Available telescopic sights include 3-9x40 and 6-24x44 scopes as well as basic iron sights.

Design of the QBU-88 is such that it sports a polymer bullpup configuration meaning that the magazine is situated behind the pistol grip. The scope mounts over the main body of the weapon while the pistol grip and trigger group are conventional. An optional bipod can be affixed to the forward portion of the weapon, aft of the barrel. The barrel is fitted with a flash suppressor.

Though thought of as a sniper rifle, the QBU-88 is akin more of to a sustained fire role against enemy targets - sort of a cross between a true sniper rifle and the standard infantryman's assault rifle. In this respect, QBU-88 element can supply a more accurate form of suppression against an enemy at distance when compared to that of a squad machine gun. As such, QBU-88 units work directly with their infantry counterparts. These types of battlefield components are called "Designated Marksman" (DM) units.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
920 mm
36.22 in
O/A Length
640 mm
25.20 in
Barrel Length
9.04 lb
4.10 kg
Weight
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
Action
5.8x42mm; 5.56x45mm
Caliber(s)
10-round detachable box magazine
Feed
Iron Sights; 3-9x40; 6-24x44 Telescopic Sights
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
2,624 ft
799.8 m | 874.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88) Sniper Rifle family line.
QBU-88 (Type 88) - Base Sniper Rifle Designation; chambered for 5.8x42mm cartridge.
KBU-97A - Export Model of the QBU-88; chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge; STANAG magazine compliant.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): NORINCO - China
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