Howa M1500

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Howa M1500 rifle
Howa M1500 with wooden stock - .308 Winchester
Howa M1500 with wood furniture - .30-06.

The Howa M1500 (Japanese: 豊和M1500, Hōwa M1500) is a Japanese bolt action rifle. It was introduced by Howa Machinery as the successor to the Howa Golden Bear rifle. While Golden Bear was based off Sako L61R "Finnbear", the M1500 was based off Weatherby Mark V - which was manufactured by Howa Industries under OEM agreement.

In March 2020, the Howa 1500 was the third best selling bolt action rifle in the United States according to GunBroker and American Hunter.

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Specifications

(1979 - present)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber(s): various, depending on action
Short action: .22-250, .223 Remington, .204 Ruger, 6.5×55mm, .308 Winchester.
Long action: .30-06, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, 7mm Remington Magnum, .375 Ruger
Mini action: (introduced 2015): .223 Remington, 7.62x39, 6.5 mm Grendel
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) or 9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 42.5 in (108 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): ?
  • Capacity: 4 or 5-round drop box magazine. Official conversion part for 5 or 10 round detachable magazines.
  • Fire Modes: Single-Shot

The Howa M1500 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Cross Fire SAT snipers 2000
Zero Woman R Sasa Handa Yuki 2007
Atsuko Miura Ray
Hitch-Hike Miyuki Yokoyama Saeko 2013
Shôichi Matsuda Hitchhiker
Gun Woman Marco Ballare Bodyguard Captain 2014
Sniper: Legacy Chad Michael Collins Sgt. Brandon Beckett Howa 1500 Varmint 2014
Tom Berenger Sgt. Thomas Beckett
Mercedes Masöhn Sanaa
St. Zombie Girls' High School Nagi Nemoto Nagi 2017
The Body Tree Gene Farber Piotr scoped 2017
Witches in the Woods Ian Matthews John scoped 2017

Anime

Title Character Notation Release Date
Michiko e Hatchin Atsuko 2008
Case Closed Police Snipers Ep. 649 - 'The Case of the Besieged Detective Agency (Sniping)'; with wooden stocks and riflescopes 2012
Case Closed - Season 30 Ep. "The Monorail Sniper Case (Part One)"; with a wooden stock and riflescope 2019 - 2021

See Also

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


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