|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|
|Barrel length||737 mm|
|Rate of fire||400-450 rounds per minute|
|Muzzle velocity||740 m/s (2,400 ft/s)|
|Effective range||4,000 m|
|Feed system||30 rounds strip|
The Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun (三年式重機関銃 San-nen-shiki juu-kikanjuu ), also known as the Taishō 14 Machine Gun, was a Japanese air-cooled heavy machine gun, 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.
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