A derivative of the classic Hotchkiss machine gun designed by Kijiru Nambu (of Nambu Grandpa/Papa/Type 14 fame), the Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun was a go-to automatic weapon for the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy during World War II. A literally heavy machine gun, the 92 on its field mount clocks in at about 125 pounds and was designed so that the gun crew could pick up the whole assembly with a set of carry poles (not included) for a reasonably quick redeployment in action in spite of the impressive mass. Blade front and (absent) elevation adjustable rear sights, with the signature heavy cooling fins on the barrel and barrel jacket, integral oiler mechanism in the top cover, "9/2/Type" nomenclature and an optics mounting slot on top of the receiver, "16.6" (June 1941) Showa date on the left side of the receiver over the serial number, folding hardwood pistol grips and a thumb trigger. The tripod is green painted metal construction with integral height, traverse and elevation adjustment.
Fine, with 60% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown and gray patina, mild spotting (heavier between the flutes on the barrel and jacket), and scattered handling marks. The tripod is good, with some flaking of the green paint exposing a white base coat and bare steel, and the elevation mechanism is a bit stiff, but the adjustments are otherwise in good order. Mechanically good. NOTE: This is a registered DEWAT weapon with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), as a National Firearms Act (NFA) weapon, that is fully transferable. It has been classified as a Curio 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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