Type 93 (13.2 mm)

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This page is about the Japanese machine gun Type 93 (13.2 mm). For other uses, see Type 93 (Disambiguation).
The 13.2 mm Type 93 on IJN Kiyoshimo


The 13.2 mm Type 93 is a Japanese heavy machine gun used on naval vessels. The Type 93 is a license-produced version of the French Hotchkiss Mle 1930.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Motor torpedo boats  Type T-14
Sub-chasers  Type K-8 No.13 · Type K-8 No.13 late
Destroyers  IJN Ayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Shimakaze
Light cruisers  IJN Mikuma · IJN Sendai · IJN Suzuya
Heavy cruisers  IJN Furutaka · IJN Kako · IJN Mogami
Battleships  IJN Fuso

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The Type 93 (13.2 mm) was a license-built French Hotchkiss M1929 heavy machine gun which saw wide use with Japanese forces. First licensed units were manufactured in 1935, reaching 1,500 units a month by 1944. Type 93 saw extremely wide use in Imperial Japanese Navy but was also used by the Imperial Army as a stand-alone heavy machine gun (primarily in anti-aircraft emplacements) or equipped on vehicles, such as Type 92 Tankettes.

The gun had a total length of 1.4 m and an empty weight of 42 kg. Magazine of only 30 rounds firing at 450 rpm allowed for a continuous fire of 4 seconds before the gun had to be reloaded. The maximum vertical range of the weapon was 4,000 m or 6,000 m when aimed at a 45° angle.

Four primary types of ammunition were used: Armour-piercing, Incendiary, Tracer and Exercise.



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Naval machine guns
12.7 mm  AN-M2
7.62 mm  MG-3
7.92 mm  GM08 pattern 1908 · MG15 · MG34
13.2 mm  Hotchkiss
15 mm  MG M38(t)
7.62 mm  Maxim
12.7 mm  DShK
14.5 mm  KPVT
7.7 mm  Lewis 1916 · Vickers GO No.5
7.92 mm  FN MAG
12.7 mm  Vickers Mk.V
6.5 mm  Maxim · Type 38 pattern 1907
7.7 mm  Type 89 · Type 92
13.2 mm  Type 93
6.5 mm  Breda Mod.30 · Fiat Model 26
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT
13.2 mm  Breda Model 31