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The Norinco QLZ-87 (QLZ is believed to stand for "轻兵器 榴弹发射器 自动"; Pinyin: "Qīng bīng qì, liú dàn fā shè qì, zì dòng," literally meaning: "Small Arms, Grenade Launcher, Automatic"; the Armament Research Services brief on the QLZ-87 uses 榴蛋 instead of 榴弹, which is a homophone and internet slang for grenade, and has the character "egg" instead of "munition") and its derivative, the QLB-06, are a pair of unusual repeating grenade launchers developed by China due to dissatisfaction with AGS-17 clones. Deciding to develop a portable weapon more comparable to a general-purpose machine gun than a normal AGL, the designers elected to use the same low-pressure 35mm grenade used by some Chinese underbarrel launchers in a direct-impingement gas-operated weapon using a rotating bolt.

The earliest design, the W-87, was a top-feeding weapon featuring a wooden stock and a large conical flash hider, but by the time of the production version, these had been replaced with a large muzzle brake and a padded stock pad. The production version is known as the Type 87 grenade launcher or QLZ-87.

The QLZ-87 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


(1987 - Present (QLZ-87), 2006-Present (QLZ-87B / QLB-06))

  • Type: Automatic grenade launcher
  • Caliber: 35x32mm SR
  • Weight:
QLZ-87: 26lbs (12kg) empty, 44lbs (20kg) empty with tripod
QLZ-87B / QLB-06: 20lbs (9.1kg) empty
  • Length:
QLZ-87: 38 in (97 cm)
QLZ-87B / QLB-06: 41.2 in (104.6cm)
  • Capacity:
QLZ-87: 6 or 15 round drum magazine
QLZ-87B / QLB-06: 4 or 6 round drum magazine
  • Fire Modes:
QLZ-87: Safe / Semi / 500rpm Auto
QLZ-87B / QLB-06: Safe / Semi


QLZ-87 - 35x32mm SR
QLZ-87 on tripod - 35x32mm SR
Type 87 Grenade Launcher - 35x32mm SR


Title Actor Character Note Date
Wolf Warriors Mounted on All-Terrain Vehicle 2015

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Battlefield: Bad Company Emplaced version 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Emplaced version 2010
Far Cry 4 GL-A87 Leaf sight with no front sight instead of scope Emplaced and portable 2014
Far Cry 6 Stationary mounts 2021


QLB-06 - 35x32mm SR

The QLB-06, also known as the QLZ-87B, is a further development of the QLZ-87 first unveiled to the public in 2006. It is focused on the "light" configuration, abandoning full-auto capability and featuring a polymer body, pistol grip, a recoil buffer, a large integrated carry handle replacing the combined charging/carrying handle of the QLZ-87, a folding charging handle on the weapon's right side, and an integral rail for mounting modern optics.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising 2009
War Inc. Battlezone QLB 06 RPG-7 iron sights 2011
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Rocket Rifle AR15-style carry handle fires 66mm M72 LAW missiles 2012

See Also

  • Norinco - A list of all firearms manufactured by Norinco.

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