Ho-103 (12.7 mm)
The Ho-103 is a variant of the Japanese Type 1 short-recoil operated heavy machine gun. The design was based on the M1921 Browning and chambered for the Italian 12.7x81SR cartridge. Compared to contemporaries such as the M2 Browning, the Ho-103 weighed less but had significantly lower muzzle velocity and projectile mass.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon|
|Ki-43||Ki-43-I (Modification) · Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-43-II · ␗Ki-43-III ko|
|Ki-44||Ki-44-I · Ki-44-II hei · ␗Ki-44-II hei · Ki-44-II otsu|
|Ki-61||Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ␗Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II|
|Ki-100||Ki-100 · Ki-100-II|
|Twin-engine fighters||Ki-45 ko · Ki-45 otsu|
The Ho-103 is the variant of the Type 1 machine gun intended for fixed mounting. It is directly related to the Ho-104; the Ho-104 being intended for flexible mounting.
The action of the Ho-103 was developed from the American M1919/M1921 Browning. It was badly suited for use in a synchronized mounting, reducing the fire rate from 900 to 400 RPM. The Type 1 machine gun (Ho-103/Ho-104) is distinct from the identically named Type 1 machine gun derived from the German MG 15.
|Rate of fire|| 900 RPM
400 RPM (synchronized)
|Weapon mass||23 kg|
|Muzzle velocity||780 m/s|
- Default: · · · ·
- Universal: · · · ·
- Air targets: · · ·
- Tracers: ·
- Stealth: · · ·
|Ammunition||Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
| Normalisation at 30°
Comparison with analogues
The Ho-103 is one of the weakest aircraft HMGs in War Thunder.
Projectile mass (and thus explosive/incendiary payload) is lower than both the American .50 BMG and the German 13x64B cartridges. Muzzle velocity is slightly higher than the German MG 131, but over 100 m/s lower than the American M2. The low mass and low velocity reduce the effective range of the weapon and increase the necessary angle for bullet drop compensation.
The Ho-103 is nose-mounted and synchronized in many Japanese aircraft, cutting the fire rate in half. The result is a machine gun that fires a weak cartridge with high drop and a short effective range at as little as half the fire rate of its contemporaries.
Usage in battles
- Due to the low velocity, it is often impractical to use the Ho-103 at anything other than close range
- The low damage output and (frequently) low fire rate means a sustained burst is generally required to disable a target.
- The typically low ammunition count of Japanese aircraft using the Ho-103 means that ammunition must be conserved judiciously.
- The Default and Tracer belts should not be used if possible. The lack of explosive incendiary bullets greatly reduces damage dealt.
Pros and cons
- The weapon itself is fairly light.
- The fired 12.7 mm rounds consistently do more damage than 7.7 mm.
- The unsynchronized rate of fire is high.
- Low muzzle velocity.
- The available shells have comparatively weak payloads.
- Low synchronized fire rate.
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|Aircraft machine guns|
|7.62 mm||Browning · M134 Minigun|
|12.7 mm||Browning M2 · Browning M3|
|7.62 mm||MG 3|
|7.92 mm||MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81|
|12.7 mm||FN M3P|
|13.0 mm||MG 131|
|7.62 mm||DA · PV-1 · ShKAS|
|12.7 mm||Berezin UB · A-12.7 · YaK-B|
|7.7 mm||Lewis · Vickers E · Vickers K · Browning .303|
|7.7 mm||Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 special|
|7.92 mm||Type 98|
|12.7 mm||Ho-103 · Ho-104|
|7.7 mm||Type 92 · Type 97|
|13.0 mm||Type 2|
|13.2 mm||Type 3|
|7.7 mm||Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm)|
|7.92 mm||FN Browning|
|12.7 mm||Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm) · Scotti M1933|
|7.5 mm||Mle 33 · Darne 1933 · Mle 1923 · FN Browning Mle 38 · MAC 1934|
|8 mm||Ksp m/22|