Type 3 heavy machine gun
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|Type 3 machine gun|
Type 3 (Taishō 14) heavy machine gun. Musée de l'Armée, Paris
|Type||Heavy machine gun|
|Place of origin||Empire of Japan|
|Used by||See Users|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb 4 oz)|
|Length||119.8 cm (3 ft 11.2 in)|
|Barrel length||737 mm (2 ft 5 in)|
|Rate of fire||400-450 rounds per minute|
|Muzzle velocity||740 m/s (2,400 ft/s)|
|Maximum firing range||4 km (2.5 mi)|
|Feed system||30 round Hotchkiss-style feed strip|
The Type 3 heavy machine gun was 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.
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.
- Illustrated Directory of 20th Century Guns David Miller p.478
- Musée de l'Armée, Paris
- Chinese Warlord Armies 1911-30 by Philip Jowett, page 22.
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