Strike Industries Japanese Type 89 Style Compensator

Strike Industries posted a photo on their Facebook page of a new compensator/flash hider they will soon be manufacturing. The design is a clone of Japan’s HOWA Type-89 assault rifle comp/hider. I don’t know for sure, but I think they will probably make both an AR-15 and an AK compatible version.


HOWA Type-89

The Type-89 has been the Japanese Self Defense Force’s primary service rifle since it was introduced in 1989. Internally it is based on Mr. Stoner’s AR-18 design, which HOWA licensed from Armalite.

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  • collan

    Big money for the win, both Korea and Japan have better military rifles than the U.S.

    • Samuel Suggs

      south korea has an AR-18 wooo so much better. this thing is pretty cool though seems like its the ultimate evolution of all the weird 70’s-80’s combat rifles

      • DW

        The K2 rifle has more to do with AK and AR15 than the AR18.
        However Singapore and Japan do/did have AR18(and derivatives)

        • snmp

          G36 & SA80 are AR18 derivatives too

  • collan

    A cool muzzle brake they should make is the one on the AN-94, it reduces flash, muzzle rise and noise via a whistle which works beyond the frequency range of human hearing.

    • Esh325

      I think I read it’s a patented design though.

    • Samuel Suggs

      now thats a rape whistle good idea bye the way being that the AN-94 is well known in the united states but thats just it. the thing reduces noise the BATFE banned certain fake suppressors because they took off decibles of course they will probly let this slide as its far from uniqe but they are probobly still caught up in EVILLLLLL ak hating so its worth discussing what do you guys think?

    • Juice

      I’d really love to operate the AN-94 one day.

      Is it possible for an American arms manufacturer to buy the design, lisence it the ‘N-94’ and produce it as a semi-automatic 5.45×39 rifle?

      Shit, why not throw in the N-95 and N-96, the same rifle but in 7.62×39 and in glorious 7.62x54R.

      • whodywei

        Why would you want a semi-automatic AN-94 ??? The design is kind of pointless without rapid two round burst.

      • Esh325

        It never will happen. The closest thing you’re going to get is the Saiga AK-107 which they are developing right now for the US market. Don’t know any ETA on it though.

  • Samuel Suggs

    i think performance will detrermine whether or not these things fly of the shelves not the fact that their cloned off an obscure military rifle from a country most gun owners dont really have the same sort of enthusiam for as say a switzerlend or czeckslovakia or soviet union

    • Samuel Suggs

      are their any type 89’s in the united states

      • Not that I’m aware of.

      • Anonymoose

        Nope. Japan isn’t allowed to export “military weapons,” which means they can only export bolt-action rifles, shotguns, and semi-auto rimfires afaik.

      • DW

        Beside exportation bans, would people pay for a modified AR18 that is considered mediocre by the users and very expensive? (~2700USD, there is an article in the TFB archive about this)

        Now if we’d remove importation ban and they start making AR18 again that’d be a different story. And one that’d make Ichiro Nagata proud.

      • Alex C.


        • Samuel Suggs

          well that was emphatic. on a side note why do you asscite humor with negativity about the subject matter I made a joke why is everyone calling me a basment Troll

  • JT

    I’d be surprised if it’s not one of their originals or has only had a few rounds through it. The GSDF videos I’ve seen have them using rifles that barely have any finish left on them at all

  • Esh325

    If there anything particularly notable about this compensator that it should be reproduced?

    • Suburban

      I think it could be a matter of the engineering being done already, and all they had to do was reproduce it with the appropriate muzzle thread. Cost effective, compared to a Battlecomp or a PWS FSC556, where you are paying for the engineering in addition to material and production costs.

      HOPEFULLY price will be closer to a Tapco AK-74 brake ($15-20), and not way up there with the Battlecomps ($150).

      • Cymond

        For what it’s worth, I’ve read that the $60 Rainier XTC is really good.

  • Lance

    The Type 89 naw. I like to see one a legal civi L-85 and or flash hiders from the G-36 and or AUG for ARs alot more than Japans failed rifles.

    • Esh325

      What makes them “failed rifles”?

      • Samuel Suggs

        they went to an M4 clone and abondoned the design if you drop a rifle you adopted in the 80’s for one that was designed in the 60’s the devlopment process failed somwhere also it was heavy as sin with only slight over what replaced it and thats just my opinion.

        • Esh325

          I was refering to the Type 89, but yes it could be argued that the SA80 was a failure. I’ve never used one though.

          • Samuel Suggs

            so was I, the british didnt adopt an m4 clone

          • Esh325

            The JSDF still uses the Type 89 though. And I’m not aware they ever developed a M4 type rifle. I believe their SF uses a M4.

          • Samuel Suggs

            they did buy a few Norinico M4’s years back

          • Ominae

            Japanese sources say that they use Colt-made M4s.

            They’re not gonna be caught dead with Norinco-made M4s, given the tensions right now.

    • DW

      The L85 was/is considered a failed rifle… It does fine now but the rep has been set.

      Flash hiders of G36 and AUG have always been available.