Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)
The Type 97 aircraft machine gun was the standard fixed light machine gun on aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. This weapon was not related to the Type 97 heavy tank machine gun used by the Imperial Japanese Army.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon|
|A6M2||A6M2 · ▃A6M2 · ␗A6M2 · A6M2 mod. 11 · A6M2-N|
|A6M3||A6M3 · A6M3 mod. 22 · A6M3 mod. 22Ko|
|A6M5||A6M5 · A6M5 Ko · A6M5 otsu|
|N1K||N1K1 · N1K1-Ja|
|Bombers||B6N1 Model 11 · D3A1 · D4Y1 · D4Y2 · D4Y3 Ko · G5N1 (Defensive)|
The Navy Type 97 aircraft machine gun is the IJN's standard issue machine gun, similar to Army Type 89 machine gun, being a licensed copy of the Vickers E machine gun, but unlike the Army machine gun which got rechambered in Japanese .303 (7.7 mm), it kept the British .303 (7.7 mm) and are not interchangeable. These guns have a lower rate of fire than other rifle-calibre machine guns making them very suitable for synchronization, have decent ballistics, and have low jamming probability when upgraded. However, the total damage output of these guns is rather low, and you'll have to deal with poor belts and lackluster rounds.
Default: T / AP / Ball / AP / IAI / I
Universal: T / AP / IAI / AP
Tracers: T / T/ T/ AP
Stealth: I / AP / AP / AP / IAI
Stealth is a great choice because your enemy won't see you coming and have the most damage potential, and these guns are always mounted in the nose and are easy to aim. Stealth won't often light fires, but its AP rounds will get to work and sooner or later hit the pilot or snap off a wing.
Comparison with analogues
Not many weapons rival the poor firepower of this gun, but some reserve machine guns like the Mle 33 or MAC 1934 are worse. German rifle-calibres will always outperform it and often set fires, while British machine guns are very similar in performance. The American Browning jams very quickly, so keep that in mind, as you are still superior to other nations in terms of the rifle-calibre machine guns.
- MAC 1934: Bad firepower compared to the Type 97's, but excellent rate of fire
- Browning/Swedish Browning: Better firepower, however it is quick to jam
- MG 15/17/81: Better firepower, belts, rate of fire, and performance
- ShKAS: Jam very quickly, poor accuracy
Usage in battles
These guns suffer from stock belts, however no other belt option has too much of a difference. These guns rely less on getting shots in but rather on chipping away at the most vital parts of the plane. The opponents you will face with these guns are almost always unarmoured biplanes or early monoplanes. However, early bombers will brush off these bullets easily, you may empty your entire ammo stowage before destroying a single bomber. One excellent tactic is aiming for the wings or engines, but most importantly, pilots. You need to remember that at higher BRs, these guns do little, so don't rely on them for anything when you have cannons available to use, though they can be used to knock out ground targets while saving your precious cannon ammunition.
Pros and cons
- Mounted in the nose, unlike British and some German counterparts
- Good turret firepower at lower BR
- Good ammo count
- Won't jam too quickly
- Low damage output
- Bad Belts
- Wont do anything to bombers
- No incendiary potential
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|Aircraft machine guns|
|7.62 mm||Browning · M134 Minigun|
|12.7 mm||M2 Browning · M3 Browning|
|7.92 mm||MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81|
|12.7 mm||FN M3P|
|13 mm||MG 131|
|7.62 mm||DA · GShG-7.62 · PV-1 · ShKAS|
|12.7 mm||A-12.7 · Berezin UB · YaK-B|
|7.7 mm||Browning · Vickers E · Vickers K|
|7.7 mm||Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 'special' · Type 92 · Type 97 navy|
|7.92 mm||Type 1 · Type 98|
|12.7 mm||Ho-103 · Ho-104|
|13 mm||Type 2|
|13.2 mm||Type 3|
|7.7 mm||Breda-SAFAT · Lewis|
|7.92 mm||FN Browning|
|12.7 mm||Breda-SAFAT · FN M3M · Scotti|
|7.5 mm||Darne 1933 · Fabrique Nationale Mle 38 · FN Browning · MAC 1934 · MAC 1934T · Mle 33 · Mle 1923|
|7.7 mm||FN-Browning M.36 No.3|
|8 mm||Ksp m/22 · Ksp m/22 Fh · Ksp m/22 Fv · Ksp m/22-37 R|
|12.7 mm||Akan m/39A · Akan m/40 · Akan m/45 · LKk/42|
|13.2 mm||Akan m/39 · Akan m/39A|