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Type 64
Country of origin

Japan

Production began

1964

Weapon type

Battle rifle

Caliber

7.62 x 51 mm NATO

Action

Gas operated, tilting bolt

Overall length

990 mm

Barrel length

450 mm

Weight empty

4.3 kg empty

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20 rounds

Cyclic rate

450-500 rpm

Maximum effective range

400 meters

Muzzle velocity

700 m/s


When the Japanese Army needed an new rifle in the 1960s the Type 64 was created. The reputation of the Japanese imitating the US Army in weapon style preceded them when the Type 64's design was introduced. They had completely finished the weapon designs except for one thing: the cartridge. To stay modern, the Japanese adopted the new US creation, the 7.62 x 51 mm NATO. The Japanese Army felt that the new cartridge was too powerful, especially for light Japanese soldiers. Then Japan imported the 7.62 x 51 mm with less explosive powder. The Type 64 is still used by the Japanese Coast Guard and Self Defense teams.

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