Type 92 machine gun

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This article is about the aircraft-mounted machine gun. For the heavy machine gun, see Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun.
Type 92 machine gun
Navy Type 92 flexible.JPG
A Type 92 machine gun, with round magazine and ring type AA sight. Note the distinctive trigger guard.
Type Machine gun
Place of origin Empire of Japan
Service history
Wars World War II
Specifications
Cartridge [7.7x56R T87 IJN aka .303 British]
Caliber 7,7mm ( .303")By actual examination of Gun and Magazine
Action Gas
Muzzle velocity 2440 fps
Sights Iron

The Type 92 7.7mm machine gun (九二式七粍七機銃 Kyūni-shiki nana-miri-nana kijū?) was developed for aerial use for the Imperial Japanese Navy before World War II. It was the standard hand-held machine gun in multi-place IJN aircraft during the most part of the Pacific War. It proved to be seriously inadequate. Aircraft produced in the later part of the conflict often were eqipped with weapons such as Type 1 and Type 2 machine guns or Type 99 cannon.

Essentially a copy of the Lewis gun, the Type 92 was fed with a drum magazine and used in a flexible mount. The main external difference between the two models was the latter's lack of casing, the trigger guard, and cooling fins around the barrel and gas piston tube.

Installations[edit]

Specifications[edit]

  • Caliber: 7.7 mm
  • Length: 99 cm (39 in)
  • Weight: 8 kg (19 lb)
  • Rate of fire: 600 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 760 m/s (2,500 ft/s)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collier, Basil Japanese Aircraft of World War II Mayflower Books (1979) ISBN 0-8317-5137-1 pp.62-63
  2. ^ Collier, Basil Japanese Aircraft of World War II Mayflower Books (1979) ISBN 0-8317-5137-1 p.101

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