You are bidding on a SUPERB example of a WW2 Imperial Japanese Army 4 x 10° Machine Gun Scope! This style (Type 96 Telescopic) was used SPECIFICALLY on the Type 92 Heavy Machine Guns.
The Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun (??????? Kyuni-shiki ju-kikanju) entered service in 1932 and was the standard Japanese heavy machine gun used during World War II. It was used extensively by the Imperial Japanese Army and Collaborationist Chinese forces. Captured weapons were also used extensively by Chinese National Revolutionary Army troops against the Japanese during World War II, and the Korean People’s Army against the United Nations forces during the Korean War. The Type 92 refers to the Japanese Imperial year 2592 – 1932 in the Gregorian calendar – in which the gun entered service. Designed by Kijiro Nambu and built by Hino Motors and Hitachi, total production was about 45,000 guns.
The Type 92 was essentially a scaled-up version of the Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun, with its calibre increased to 7.7 mm, and like the Type 3 was air cooled, ammo strip-fed, and based on the Hotchkiss M1914. It could use both a rimless and semi-rimmed 7.7x58mm Shiki round. A 7.7 mm round could be used if needed or if other ammunition supplies dwindled. Rounds fired from the gun traveled at about 730 m/s (2,400 ft/s), and the rate of fire was about 450 rpm. It was sometimes used as a light anti-aircraft gun during the Pacific War. It was nicknamed “the woodpecker” by Western Allied soldiers because of the characteristic sound it made when fired due to its relatively low rate of fire, and the “chicken neck” (Chinese: ???) by Chinese soldiers due to its appearance. The Type 92 had a maximum range of 4,500 meters, but a practical range of 800 meters.
Made of solid brass, aluminum, and steel, by TOKO this MG Optical Scope in EXCELLENT used condition! Coming complete in its original case, it retains 98% of it’s original paint and finish, and all markings are clear and legible. The reticle and cross hair are VERY clear (slightly hazy), with almost NO spotting! All adjustments function correctly, however they are a bit stiff, due to the age. The rubber eye cup is still present, but like most Japanese rubber items, it has hardened over time. Also comes with the original cleaning brush. I have shown its location in the last photo. A PERFECT addition to any collection or display!
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