Today we’re taking a look at William Easterly’s booklet “A Comprehensive Study [of] Japanese Submachine Guns: 1920 – 1945”. Talk about a subject with very little written coverage – Easterly has photos, data, and descriptions […]
In 1925, the Imperial Japanese Army adopted the Type 14 pistol, which was produced in large numbers during WWII. It looks outwardly pretty similar to a Luger, but i mechanically very different. What many folks […]
Japanese troops with a ZB light machine gun in China, circa 1937
Yesterday we received an email from a reader named Michael, asking for information on an interesting rare piece he has – a Type 97 Japanese naval flare pistol: For folks who aren’t familiar with Japanese […]
That contemplative stare is him trying to figure out how to fire the gun, hold the hopper cover open, and load clips into the gun simultaneously with only two hands.
Kojiro Nambu, one of Japan’s most prolific arms designers, developed the Type 11 light machine gun as an adaptation of his previous Type 3 HMG design. The Type 11 uses a distinctive hopper feed, and […]
Most folks are not familiar with the variety of Japanese handguns available beyond the basic Type 94 and Type 14 Nambus. James Brown’s guide to these guns is an excellent source of information, covering the […]