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Type 11 Machine Gun

Country of OriginJapan
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber6.500 mm
Capacity30 rounds
Length1.100 m
Barrel Length443.000 mm
Weight10.200 kg
Rate of Fire500 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity730 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Type 11 light machine guns were developed by Kijiro Nambu in 1922 (the 11th year of the Taisho Emperor) as the first light machine guns mass produced locally in Japan. Although these air cooled machine guns were developed upon the the French Hotchkiss design, a special feature set them apart from their contemporaries: their hoppers could be refilled with ammunition while still attached, thus theoretically allowing them to fire continuously. The flaw of the design, however, was that dirt could get into the open-top hoppers easily, causing the guns to jam. The Type 11 light machine guns were the primary light machine guns used by the Japanese troops in China, and they continued to see service through the end of the war even after being replaced by the Type 96 light machine gun in 1936. Between 1922 and 1941, 29,000 of them were built.

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Japanese troops training with a Type 11 light machine gun, Dec 1924Japanese Type 11 light machine gun, pre-1933Japanese troops guarding a section of a railway near the village of Zhangxindian near Beijing, China; seen in the 1 Sep 1937 issue of the Japanese publication AsahigraphJapanese troops in gas masks in Shanghai, China, Sep-Nov 1937, photo 1 of 2
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