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Type4BattleRifle
Type 4
Country of origin

Japan

Manufacturer(s)

Yokosuka Naval Arsenal

Production began

1944

Weapon type

Battle rifle

Caliber

7.7×58mm Arisaka

Action

Gas

Overall length

107.3 cenmeters (42.2 inches)

Barrel length

59 centimeters (23.2 inches)

Weight

4.097 kilograms (9.03 pounds)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10 rounds

Cyclic rate

Semi auto


The Type 4 Rifle (Japanese: 四式自動小銃 Yon-shiki jidousyoujyuu), often referred to as the Type 5, is a Japanese battle rifle. It is most notably a Japanese copy of the American M1 Garand but fed from an internal 10 round magazine and chambered for the Japanese 7.7×58mm Arisaka cartridge.

OverviewEdit

Where the Garand used an en-bloc clip, the Type 4's internal magazine was charged with two 5-round stripper clips and the rifle also used Japanese style tangent sights. The Type 4 had been developed alongside several other experimental semi automatic rifles. However, none of the rifles entered into service before the end of World War II, with only 250 being made and many others were never assembled. There were several problems with jamming and feed systems, which also delayed its testing.

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