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The QLZ-87 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.

Though commonly claimed to be a product of Norinco Group, there is no reliable source confirming that the weapon was manufactured by Norinco Group. Some Chinese sources stated that the QLZ-87 was actually developed by a group of Hunanese manufacturers under the lead of Factory 9656 (now known as Hunan Zijiang Machine Co. Ltd.).

As with other Chinese three-letter small arms designations, there is no reliable primary source confirming what "QLZ" stands for. It is generally 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: "Small Arms, Grenade Launcher, Automatic"; the Armament Research Services brief on the QLZ-87 uses 榴蛋 (literally "pomegranate egg") instead of 榴弹 (literally "pomegranate munition", as a word it means "grenade"), which is a homophone and internet slang for grenade.

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
Caliber Portable 2019
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
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
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades QLB-06 2016

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