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.303 Lewis Machine Gun Manual
48 pages with over 40 photos &
drawings. Includes history, model descriptions, markings, contractors,
specifications and much more!
Contents of the manual:
Lewis Gun Genealogy
Models & Designations
Lewis Gun Specifications
Description & Operation
Accessories & Mounts
Tools & Gauges
Stripping & Assembly
.30 cal US Gun Differences
Markings & Contractors
Sectionized Lewis .303-inch
Machine Gun Mark I Land
Pattern (Pictured Left)
fitted with braced trench mount.
Cutaway view shows the aluminum
radiator with barrel enclosed.
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JAPANESE marine convoy moving through the streets of
Shanghai, China, after its capture in November 1937.
The Type 92 [Lewis] machine gun mounted on the cab of vehicle is supported
by a portable Hotchkiss style tripod. Note the absence of the cartridge drum
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ITALIAN-JAPANESE MP 38/43 MACHINE PISTOL
TYPE 96 JAPANESE LIGHT MACHINE GUN
CHANGES AND MODIFICATIONS
PARATROOP LIGHT MACHINE GUN
ITALIAN-JAPANESE MP 38/43 MACHINE
February 21, 1869, Saga City, Saga Prefecture (Southern Japan]; started
his military career at the age of 20, when he entered military academy. He
was commissioned Lieutenant of Artillery 3 years later. In 1897 he was
assigned to Tokyo Artillery Arsenal. Little was it realized that this man
at the age of 28 was embarking upon a career in firearms design that would
bring fame to him and respect by his country and other nations.
The Imperial Japanese Navy, beginning
in their years of armament and throughout World War II, relied on the
army arsenals for their small arms, [rifle, handgun], requirements.
This would prove to be a grave misjudgment in the ensuing years when
the need arose for both military services to become involved in the
aggressive expansion of Japan?s borders.
THE BELGIAN RATTLESNAKE
BY WILLIAM M.P.EASTERLY
From some 230
this literary work is
542 PAGES with
including patent drawings and descriptions.
The race was on. In the
United States, the Ordnance Department still maintained a conservative
policy and though testing of several submitted machine guns during the
early years prior to entering the war, rejected all submittals
including the Lewis Gun which was proving its ability in use by
British and other allied forces. The Lewis-Crozier controversy is a
matter of record. Whether the influence of S.V. Benet, past Chief of
Ordnance, whose son was a co-developer of the first machine gun
purchased by the Ordnance Department, bears thought. The performance
in Columbia, New Mexico did anything but enhance its reputation or
that of the military.
PISTOL EVOLVEMENT. The Japanese Imperial Army Technical Department?s
development plans initiated in 1920 included research into development of
Jidoutaju, [automatic short guns]. Initial development commenced at the
Tokyo Artillery Arsenal in 1924/25 under the direction of General Kijiro
Nambu as head of the Small Arms Works. It would be many years of
experimentation, development and rejection by a hesitant Japanese
Government before recognition and acceptance of a machine pistol for unit
In the late 1930?s paratroop units were formed with guidance from their
allied German paratrooper organizations. German emphasis was placed on the
need for automatic weapon use by the air troops. In April 1939 General
Nambu through his firm Chuo Kogyo K.K., submitted his third prototype
machine pistol, [Type III, Model B] in 8 mm caliber to various Government
entities. Although it was not considered totally satisfactory by the
Infantry and other schools from testing it was accepted out of necessity
and officially designated as Type 100. Two patterns were produced. One
with a solid wood stock and one with a folding wood stock for paratroop
use. They would be issued to both army and navy units. These are
designated as Type 100/1 to separate them from a later pattern of Type 100
weapons put into production in 1944. The Nambu firm developed both
patterns at Nagoya Arsenal?s Toriimatsu factory. For the paratroop
pattern, a redesigned configuration provided a folding stock similar to
the modifications made to the Type 38 carbine for paratroop issuance. The
stock is separated behind the receiver and a hinged assembly attached with
two locking pins on the left side. When released, the hinged stock swings
to the right and snugs parallel to the receiver. The overall length is
reduced by 476.25 mm [18.75 inches]. A lug fixture for bayonet attachment
and bipod was also added to the basic design.
AM AN AVID STUDENT OF JAPANESE ORDNANCE AND HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING AND
COLLECTING DATA FOR OVER 30 YEARS. SOME MAY REMEMBER THE COMPANY IVY
ARMAMENT, WHICH I FOUNDED IN 1958 AND USED AS A BASE FOR MY COLLECTING
JAPANESE MEMORABILIA. MY SPECIALTY WAS THEIR AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.
I AM IN PROCESS OF COMPILING A DEFINITIVE WORKS ON THE HISTORY OF ALL
THEIR AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND TO PRESENT IT IN BOOK FORM. I INTEND TO MAKE
IT THE "MOST COMPLETE" WORKS TO BE ASSEMBLED IN A SINGLE REFERENCE. IT
WILL COVER ALL THEIR RAPID FIRE GUNS OF ALL TYPES: SUBMACHINE GUNS, LIGHT
AND HEAVY MACHINE GUNS FOR ALL USES BY ALL SERVICES IN ALL CALIBERS.