Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun

Accession Number RELAWM28193
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Maker Nippon Seikousyo
Place made Japan
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun. A licenced copy of the Vickers Class E machine gun, firing a 7.7 mm x 56 mm rimmed round. All steel rectangular riveted box construction body with a drilled air cooled barrel jacket and a right hand cocking handle. The receiver top is marked with Japanese characters within an oval and has 1742 on top and No2437 on the bottom. The feed mechanism is missing.

History / Summary

This type of gun was fitted to most of the light fixed gun positions on Japanese Navy aircraft, including the cowl position in the A6M Zero fighter.