A Type 2 Arisaka and an Interview with Duncan McCollum

Today we have an interview with Duncan McCollum, author of Japanese Rifles of WWII – you may also recognize him from the Japanese weapons episode of Tales of the Gun on the History Channel. Mr McCollum was kind enough to do a brief interview with us and describe the history and some interesting features of an interesting Japanese rifle – the Type 2 paratrooper.

If you are interested in having a copy of his book for your reference collection, you can find it at Amazon.com: Japanese Rifles of World War II.


  1. Ian have you seen the linked atlantic magazine article on western rifle shooters? libya.
    looting k-daffys arms wharehouses. great pictures. looks like much fun. Bob

  2. Great Video !!!
    Unusual decision to make gun portable for paratroopers… No folding stocks , no shortened barrels, but a takedown rifle ! 🙂
    Anti aircraft sights are also interesting.
    Thanks !!!

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