Type 97 Armoured Vehicle Light Machine Gun

Accession Number RELAWM27215
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made Japan
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Type 97 Armoured Vehicle Light Machine Gun. All blued steel construction apart from the wooden pistol grip and folding butt. The receiver is marked with the Nagoya Arsenal mark, the serial number and 16.1 (1941 January). The air cooled finned barrel is covered with a slotted armoured cover. On the left side is a graduated one and a half power optical sight with a white rubber (split) eye piece.

History / Summary

This type of gun is a copy of the Czech Bruno gas operated machine gun with a few modifications. It could be removed from the armoured vehicle and used with a bipod.