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Lot 606: Japanese Type 92 Light Machine Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Japanese Type 92 Light Machine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $11,000

Japanese Type 92 Light Machine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Type 92
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 7.7 mm Japanese
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: hardwood
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 365
Class: Class III

Patterned directly after the American-designed Lewis Gun of World War I fame, the Type 92 Light Machine Gun was used both in the ground combat role (retaining the signature aluminum fins and steel jacket of the original design) and as defensive armament in multiple recon and attack aircraft (where the cooling system was discarded) in the service of the Imperial Japanese Navy chambered in a special rimmed 7.7mm Japanese cartridge similar to the British .303. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with the aforementioned aluminum cooling fins under the barrel jacket, a series of Japanese markings on the receiver cover, and an extra-large triggerguard suitable for use with gloves. A folding bipod is mounted to the barrel jacket, with a pair of smooth panels on the pistol grip and a straight buttstock with a hole for monopod hardware (not included), sling swivel, illegible markings and a naked butt.

Rating Definition:

Fair with a professionally pieced in triangular shaped splice on forward receiver ahead of ejection port. Much of the receiver has turned a mixed brown and gray patina, with patches of brighter gray and some scuffing/polishing around the ejector port, a bullet hole is visible on the opposite side of receiver and the other components showing stronger blue with scattered wear and pitting. A few of the cooling fins show damage. The grips are fair, and the stock shows cracking around the monopod slot, heavy sanding, and a number of dents and chips. The charging handle is absent, preventing mechanical testing. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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