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Japanese 13.2mm Type 3 Machine Gun


Photograph of 13.2mm Type 3 machine gun

National Archives #80-G-19140. Via Mikesh (2004)

Specifications:

Projectile type     
13.2 x 99 AP or HE
Projectile weight     
1.83 ounce (AP)
52 g (AP)
Velocity 2590 feet per second
789 meters per second
Range 2950 feet
900 meters
Rate of fire     
800 rounds per minute
Gun weight
60-75 lbs
27-34 kg
Gun power
58


The Type 3 machine gun was a belt-fed weapon that replaced the Type 97 on Navy aircraft. Based on the Browning M2, but modified to use the same cartridge as the 13mm/76 antiaircraft gun, it had a short recoil rising block locked action and was belt-fed. It has been claimed (e.g. by Mikesh 2004) that the weapon could fire Browning ammunition belts in an emergency.

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Gun and barrel

NARA

13mm Type 3 machine gun on tripod

Wikimedia

Commons

References

Francillon (1979)

Mikesh (2004)

Williams and Gustin (2003)


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