Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number REL/03049
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made Japan
Date made 1939
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Vietnam, 1962-1975

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun. All blued metal construction except for the wooden downward hinging traverse handles. The receiver is stamped on the top with three Japanese characters indicating Type 92 and the serial number. The Kokura arsenal triple ring trade mark and '14.12' (1939 December) is on the left side. The barrel has machined cooling fins for half its length towards the muzzle. The barrel jacket has larger cooling fins from the receiver to approximately half way along the barrel. It has a large rectangular cocking handle on the right side of the action. The weapon is fed by a Hotchkiss design 30 round ammunition strip which is lubricated by an oiler to assist with cartridge extraction. The right hand wooden grip is missing.

History / Summary

This weapon was captured in Vietnam by Australian forces and was commonly referred to as the 'woodpecker' during the Second World War due to the noise it made when fired.