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Taking a Look at the Type 89
U.S. Army Col. Luis Pomales (right), director, Army Reserve Engagement Team-Japan, observes Japan Ground Self-Defense Reserve Component service members from the 18th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, JGSDF Northern Army, learn how to use a Howa Type 89 Assault Rifle during a weapons familiarization training exercise conducted Sept. 10, 2016, in Camp Makomanai, Japan. Pomales complimented his JGSDF partners for their professionalism and discipline during the drill. He also explained the many similarities and subtle differences between how the U.S. Army Reserve and JGSDF Reserve Component conduct marksmanship training. Commonly referred as, “Buddy,” by JGSDF troops, the Type 89 is gas operated weapon that can fire up to 750 rounds per minute. It was designed with simplified operation and minimal number of parts due to the understanding that the complex structure and large number of parts often hindered the operation of its direct predecessor, the Type 64 Assault Rifle. (Photo by Sgt. John L. Carkeet IV, U.S. Army Japan)