When we spoke to Bin Shih about his recent book and Chinese firearms in general, he brought several interesting guns along to show us. By far the rarest was a General Liu rifle, and we decided to devote a complete episode to it. It’s definitely a forgotten weapon, and we appreciated having the chance to take a closer look at one and learn some of its history from Mr Shih.
BTW, there is some noise from camera movement, and we apologize for it – I didn’t notice it until it was too late to retape the interview.
For more information and some photos, take a look at the 2004 article Bin Shih wrote for Military Rifle Journal on the General Liu:
If you are interested in Chinese weapons of the WWII era, I recommend picking up a copy of his excellent book on the subject, which is available at his web site, <a href=”http://chinesefirearms.com/ad2.html”>ChineseFirearms.com</a>. It does not include the Liu (which was too early for the scope of the book, 1937-1945), but provides a lot of otherwise unavailable information on a wide variety of Chinese firearms.
Nice gun!…one of few guns Chinese made by themselves…and that’s a pity that it was forgotten immediately. If you make a shooting video that would be GREAT !!!
Thanks for posting this video about such an interesting rifle. Fascinating but sad story…