Japanese Type 4 Rifle

Did you know the Japanese were working on their own “Garand”? The Type 4 (四式自動小銃 Yon-shiki jidousyoujyuu) was an experimental semi-automatic rifle that was more or less a copy of the American M1 Garand. Instead of the Garands eight round en-bloc clip it featured an integral 10-round magazine (2 5-round stripper clips) and chambered for the 7.7x58mm cartridge. Only around 200 were made and none saw action during WW2. Some pics (click to enlarge):

Here is a short clip from the NRA National Firearms Museum showing their Type 4 (it is wrongly called Type 5)

Some more photos (click to enlarge):

~ by m1pencil on July 20, 2012.

2 Responses to “Japanese Type 4 Rifle”

  1. notice the all-crappy rear leaf sight. No country had better iron sights than we did!

  2. “About 20 examples were found in the Japanese Naval Arsenal on the island of Hon Shuu.” Dafuq?

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