Type 89 assault rifle with folding buttstock
Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 864 mm
Barrel length: 420 mm
Weigth: 3.5 kg unloaded
Magazine capacity: 30 rds
Type 89 rifle was developed by HOWA Machinery Co., Japan, for National Defence Forces of Japan.
Type 89 rifle is a select-fire, gas-operated, rotating bolt firearm. The gas action and bolt group is somewhat similar to USA-designed AR-18 rifle, previously manufactured by HOWA uned license from Armalite Co (USA). Type 89 rifle has receiver made from stamped steel, polymer furniture and flip-up aperture rear sights. It also has lightweight folding bipods. Type 89 rifle may fire rifle grenades.