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QBU-88 - 5.8x42mm

The QBU-88 (officially written in Chinese sources as QBU88, without the hyphen), also known as the "Type 88", is a Chinese bullpup designated marksman rifle in service in the People's Liberation Army. The QBU-88 began development in 1988 and finished development in 1996, and was officially adopted by the PLA in 1997, in time for the Hong Kong handover ceremony. Despite sharing some visual similarities with the QBZ-95 and sharing its ammunition, the QBU-88 is substantially different from the QBZ-95 internally, and their magazines are not interchangeable.

The "QBU" three-letter designation in this weapon's name stands for "qiāng" (Chinese: 枪, "firearm"), "bùqiāng" (Chinese: 步枪, "rifle") and "jūjī" (Chinese: 狙击, "sniper").

Despite commonly claimed as being manufactured by Norinco (an export company that realistically has no manufacturing capabilities, that is often confused with Norinco Group) by online sources, no reliable Chinese secondary source or primary source has confirmed this claim. It appears that the actual designers and manufacturers of the QBU-88 have not been publicly disclosed in any reliable Chinese source.

Norinco does however export a 5.56x45mm NATO variant of the QBU-88, known as the QBU-97A. The export variant has also been observed or claimed to have used the names Type 97, KBU-97A, and NQU-03.


(1996 - Present)

  • Type: Sniper rifle
  • Caliber: 5.8x42mm
  • Weight: 9 lbs (4.1 kg)
  • Length: 36.2 in (92 cm)
  • Barrel length: 24.4 in (62 cm)
  • Capacity: 10
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The QBU-88 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Wolf Warrior Jing Wu Leng Feng With suppressor 2015
Skyscraper HKPF sniper 2018

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Battlefield 2 Type 88 camo paint scheme 2005
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Type 88 DMR portrayed as manual action rifle PLA faction 2005
Project Reality camo paint scheme, optional scope 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter X360 only 2006
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 X360 only 2007
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames 2008
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising 2009
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Type 88 Sniper 2010
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Buqiang 800 2010
Operation Flashpoint: Red River 2011
NCIS: The Video Game seen on magazine cover 2011
Battlefield 3 QBU-88 2011
Battlefield 4 QBU-88 2013
Warface QBU‐88 2013
Payday 2 "Káng Arms X1" added in Jiu Feng Smuggler Pack 2 (2021) 2013
Contract Wars 2014
PUBG: Battlegrounds "QBU" Chambered in 5.56x45mm, possibly KBU-97A export version Added in July 2018 update 2017
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts "HUB-93" 2019
Squad QBU-88 Added in 2022 V4.0 update 2020

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