Too Little Too Late: Japanese Type 100 Submachine Gun

    Japan was perhaps the least prepared of all the powers during the Second World War to have an issued submachine gun in use by combat troops. Indeed the Japanese Type 100 only saw a production run of at maximum 30,000 weapons. A small fraction of the total amount of the Japanese Imperial Forces throughout the entire war.

    Actually designed through the Nambu corporation of Nambu pistol and cartridge fame, the Type 100 wasn’t anything spectacular (although other Japanese subgun prototype designs were quite interesting) for being an open bolt, magazine fed, fully automatic only submachine gun. Some of the forces that really made use of it were the Japanese paratroopers who were issued versions with a folding stock that could be easily stowed away on a combat jump.

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