Type 3 heavy machine gun

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Type 3 Machine Gun
Type 3 Taisho 14 heavy machine gun.jpg
Type 3 (Taishō 14) heavy machine gun. Musée de l'Armée, Paris.
Type Heavy machine gun
Place of origin  Empire of Japan
Service history
Used by Japan
Production history
Designer Kijiro Nambu
Designed 1914
Specifications
Weight 55 kg
Length 119.8 cm
Barrel length 737 mm

Cartridge 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Rate of fire 400-450 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 740 m/s (2,400 ft/s)
Effective firing range 4,000 m
Feed system 30 rounds strip

The Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun (三年式重機関銃 San-nen-shiki juu-kikanjuu?), also known as the Taishō 14 Machine Gun,[1] was a Japanese air-cooled heavy machine gun, based on the design of the Hotchkiss M1914. Although the Hotchkiss used 8mm cartridges, from 1914 Japan produced the Type 3 under license from Hotchkiss using the 6.5x50mm Arisaka ammunition.[2]

A Type 3 on a makeshift anti-aerial tripod.

It used an ammo strip for loading rounds. Its tripod could be used as an anti-aircraft mounting, and special anti-aircraft sights were provided.

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