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Type 92 heavy machine gun

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Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm SR
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun on tripod, with rear grips folded - 7.7x58mm SR

The Type 92 heavy machine gun was essentially a Type 3 heavy machine gun chambered for the larger 7.7x58mm SR round; as, with its cousin, it is a derivative of the Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun. Due to its relatively slow rate of fire, the allies nicknamed it "the woodpecker" while Chinese soldiers called it the "chicken neck" due to its appearance. The gun was almost always employed from a special heavyweight tripod which included holes on the front legs, allowing rods to be passed through so the gun crew could move the weapon by carrying it like a stretcher. Notably it was one of the few WW2 machine guns commonly issued with optics, with several sights being designed specifically for it.

While it was extremely accurate (only weighing five pounds less than a tripod-mounted Browning M2 while firing a rifle cartridge will do that) this was to the point that it was detrimental to its function as a suppression weapon, and it depended on an obsolete loading method with 30-round feed strips that had to be inserted extremely carefully to avoid misfeeds: just to make matters worse, the Japanese were not done with obsolete features and incorporated an integral oiler into the design to ensure reliability, which in the jungles of the Pacific theatre ensured quite the opposite. It also used specially-made ammunition which did not help with logistics at all (Imperial Japan used a total of four non-interchangeable 7.7x58mm Arisaka cartridges): rifle ammo would physically fit in the Type 92 but was unable to cycle it.


(1932 - 1941)

Type: Heavy Machine Gun*

Caliber: 7.7x58mm SR

Capacity: 30 round feed strip

Fire Modes: Fully Automatic (450 rounds per minute)

*Really the Type 92 should be considered a medium machine gun, as it fires a rifle bullet and does not have any capacity to accept a belt feed; only the enormous weight of the weapon (122 pounds with a tripod) really qualifies it as a "heavy" machine gun.

The Type 92 heavy machine gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Flying Leathernecks Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1951
Halls of Montezuma Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1951
Between Heaven and Hell Imperial Japanese soldiers 1956
Merrill's Marauders Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1962
Beach Red Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1967
Japan's Longest Day Japanese soldiers 1967
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1983
Farewell To The King Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1989
Windtalkers Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2002
Flags of Our Fathers Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2006
Kokoda Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2006
Letters from Iwo Jima Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2006
Letters from Iwo Jima Ryô Kase Superior Private Shimizu 2006
Imperial Japanese Soldiers
Philosophy of a Knife archive footage 2008
The Children of Huang Shi Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2008
The Good, the Bad, the Weird Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2008
City of Life and Death Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2009
Kokoda Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2010
Death and Glory in Changde Imperial Japanese soldiers 2010
Emperor Japanese soldiers 2013
The Taking of Tiger Mountain 2014
Hacksaw Ridge Imperial Japanese soldiers In bunkers 2016


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notes Air Date
The Twilight Zone Imperial Japanese Soldiers "The Last Testament" (S1E19) 1959 - 1960
Baa Baa Black Sheep Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1976 - 1978
The Cowra Breakout Imperial Japanese Soldiers 1984
Mail Call R. Lee Ermey Himself 2002 – 2009
The Pacific Imperial Japanese Soldiers 2010
Gyeongseong Creature 2023

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notes Release Date
Forgotten Hope 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault 2004
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts 2008
Call of Duty: Black Ops As a sentry turret in zombie mode, as well as a mounted machine gun in "Victor Charlie" 2010
L.A. Noire Non-Usable 2010
Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm 2013
Far East War "Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun" 2013
Enlisted 2021


Title Character Note Date
First Squad: The Moment of Truth 2009

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