JAPANESE WEAPONS That May Come To Battlefield 5 Pacific Theater


So by now you probably know the Japanese and
the Americans are coming this fall in Tides of War Chapter 5 battling
out in the Pacific theater. In the previous episode of this, we talked
about which American weapons may come to the game and if you have not seen it, check the
description below. But today, we are going to be focusing on
the other side of the battle, the Imperial Japanese Military. There are not much leaked info on the upcoming
Japanese small arms so this is simply my personal take on what can possibly be coming to Battlefield
5 in the near future. With the Battlefield franchise’s love for
including prototype weapons in this game, I will also follow suit and include a few
that may be some cool additions to the game. So let’s begin, the Japanese military at the
time of WWII or even in the pre-WWII era explored some semi-automatic rifle options for their
ground troops. They looked at a few weapons like the Czech
ZH-29 and the American Pedersen rifle but eventually they did not work out and simply
went along with their standard bolt action rifles. Of course, with the Germans being one of the
first to popularize the fully automatic assault rifles during the same time frame, the Japanese
did not really have anything similar at the time. But that does not stop us from imagining to
use some of those prototype weapons in the game. So let’s imagine having the Japanese version
of th Pedersen Rifle. A bit of history surrounding this weapon is
that John Pedersen, the designer, originally made this rifle for the US Army to replace
the M1903 Springfield. It uses a 10 round en bloc clip and fires
the .276 Pedersen round. Due to various reasons from the trial period,
possibly some political issues and funding issues, the T1E1 or the 30-06 Garand was chosen
to continue development, which eventually dropped this rifle from consideration. Then Pedersen brought his design to the UK
and was manufactured by Vickers in small quantities. But eventually that also did not end up in
any major contract. So he decided to bring this gun to the Japanese
who was also interested in a semi-automatic rifles. It was then modified to shoot the 6.5mm cartridge
shared by many other Japanese rifle at the time and has modified this to a rotary magazine
instead of the en bloc clip. But as history showed, this was never adopted
after multiple trials by the Japanese. Despite its ultimate failure, this gun brought
along the idea that semi-automatic rifle could work and raised the bar for many of the newer
rifles to come, one of which was the M1 Garand. Then this brings me to the next semi-automatic
rifle, this is the Type 4 rifle, sometimes referred as type 5. This gun is another experimental rifle. But it is one that may seem very familiar. This is essentially a copy of the M1 Garand
by the Japanese. Basically the Americans, German and the soviets
were all replacing their bolt action standard issue rifles with semi-automatic rifles, the
Japanese were attempting to have their own as well. But instead of developing one from the ground
up, they decided to copy the American M1 Garand. A few adjustments were made of course, instead
of the 8 round en bloc clip, this uses a 10 round internal box magazine that is fed by
two 5-round stripper clips. It fires the 7.7x58mm Arisaka cartridge. They also added a few Japanese touches to
the gun as well like the Arisaka style sling, the tangent sights and so on. Only around 200 guns worth of parts were found
and roughly half of them were assembled. But since these guns never truly made its
way into the war, how about some that did. And we have been talking about bolt action
rifles for a while so how about the type 97 Arisaka rifle, it is essentially a type 38
rifle with a scope and because Battlefield 5 always have scopes attached to weapons,
let’s just combine these 2. The type 38 rifle was a bolt action rifle
that was first introduced in 1906 and were used in both world wars. Over 3 million of these were made up to around
1944. It was during the second Sino-Japanese War
that the Japanese found the gun to be underperforming. It fired a 6.5x50mm Arisaka cartridge which
was weaker than the .303 British, the .30-06 that the American use and the 7.92×57 Mauser
cartridge. And that’s the reason why they later replaced
it by the 7.7x58mm cartridge. This also led to the development of the other
rifles, one of which is the type 99 Arisaka. So during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the
Japanese found out that the 7.7x58mm cartridge used by guns like the type 97 LMG and the
type 92 HMG were much superior to the 6.5 Arisaka cartridge. So they began developing a rifle that can
utilize that firepower. So by 1939, the type 99 rifle was born. There were several variants but the short
rifle was the most common variant. But the Imperial Japanese Army was not able
to completely replace the rifle, which ended up being an issue as both the type 38 and
the type 99 were being used at the same time. And when you have 2 different types of rounds
being used, it created some logistical issues. Whether it makes sense to have both of these
rifles in a game is hard to say. Even with the type 99 being almost a superior
rifle in every way, it seems like it won’t do the Japanese justice for not having the
type 38 or the type 97 in the game. The type 97 was pretty much the exclusive
sniper variant used, the larger caliber round and the increased muzzle flash from the shorter
type 99 Arisaka barrel made concealment more difficult. And since the medics in the game have been
getting a few bolt action carbines, the type 44 carbine might be a good choice for the
class. Its design was based on the type 38 rifle
and was designed for cavalry use. It has a needle type bayonet that can be folded
in at the bottom below the barrel. It was originally intended for cavalrymen
to replace having both a type 32 cavalry sword in addition to a carbine. It is also equipped with a quillon. It is basically a hook at the end of the barrel
that is used in bayonet fencing technique to hook onto the opponent’s bayonet and then
twist the rifle to hopefully disarm the opponent. It would be pretty cool to see some of these
rifles being added. Anyway, that’s it for the bolt action rifles. With the Japanese troops putting close quarter
combat with bayonet one of their top priorities, I do want to see that bayonet charges with
these weapons would be up-gradable for either speed or reach. Alright, since we are talking about possible
medic guns, how about SMGs. So let’s start off with the only submachine
gun produced by the Japanese in any substantial quantity. That would be the type 100 submachine gun. By late 1937, the Japanese were trying to
design their own submachine gun, like the experimental type 1 and type 2 SMG. These were proved to be quite inadequate so
they decided to go ahead with a new design pretty much based on the German Bergmann type
machine gun like the MP18. This would then be known as the Experimental
model 3 and eventually led to the Type 100 submachine gun. By 1942, this began production but not in
large quantity as the army was focused on adopting the type 99 light machinegun. But by 1944, it was found that submachine
guns became highly sought after and they began mass producing it. At the same time, resources became more scarce
and quality went drastically south. So this second batch became known as the type
100/44 rather than the original type 100/40 variant. The later variant does have a much higher
rate of fire up to 800 rpm and fires the 8mm Nambu cartridge with a 30 round detachable
magazine. And since we talked about some experimental
weapons like the Experimental Model 2 submachine gun, it would be pretty cool to have one of
those end up in the game. The model 2 also chambers the 8mm Nambu cartridge
and was reported to have both a 30 and 50 round magazine during its development. It also has an adjustable rate of fire from
around 500 to 600 rpm using an adjustable buffer system. And the Japanese also used a few other German
weapons like the MP18, MP28 and MP34. So I wouldn’t be opposed if perhaps these
are also included into the Japanese arsenal as well. Alright, then let’s move to the machine gun
category. So earlier I mentioned the type 99 LMG but
let’s start off a bit earlier in history. Let’s start off with the type 11 LMG. It fires the 6.5 Arisaka cartridge just like
the type 38 rifle. It was made all the way back in 1922 and was
mostly used during the Manchurian incident which was the Japanese invasion of China in
1931 and then the early Second Sino-Japanese War. Many of these were also captured by the Chinese
troops and were used against the Japanese. This gun does have some significant problems,
the hopper feed system gave this weapon a lot of trouble as it was not tolerant of dirt
and often jam in muddy conditions. Eventually the it was replaced by the type
96 LMG. The Type 96 was basically a copy of the Czech
ZB model 26 and eventually improved to the Type 97 light machine gun which were mostly
placed on armored vehicles and then the Type 99 light machine gun which was used by infantry. The Type 99 became the newer machine gun that
would use the new heavier 7.7×58 Arisaka cartridge. It was able to fire 800 rounds per minute
and had a 30 round top mounted detachable magazine. Interestingly, it is capable of mounting a
scope but on the right side of the gun and may even occasionally be used in somewhat
of a sniper role. And Japanese being Japanese at the time, it
was also able to equip a bayonet but it was rarely useful. As you can see, the flash hider obstructs
most of the length of the bayonet and try swinging this 10 kg gun around, I imagine
it would be pretty difficult. As for heavier options, the Japanese does
have a heavy machine gun that also fires the 7.7×58 cartridge and that would be the Type
92 HMG. It was originally based on the French Hotchkiss
M1914 and was first developed into the type 3 HMG that fires the smaller 6.5mm cartridge. And since a heavier round was needed, the
type 92 was developed which is basically a 7.7mm version of the Type 3 HMG and it also
has a lighter variant which is the Type 1 HMG. Either way, we will just focus on the Type
92 for now. It does have a slower rate of fire at around
450-500 rpm and even got a nickname “the woodpecker” because of the low rate of fire. It also takes the 30 round hotchkiss type
metal strip that sticks out on the side. If you have played BF1 and used the hotchkiss
m1909, then you probably know how it looks. So this could definitely be one of the major
downsides of this gun. Ok then next up is going to be a stretch. Since now both the British and the Germans
are getting an anti-tank rifle, the Japanese might just need one too. But this one is going to be much bigger and
much heavier. It is the Type 97 automatic cannon. Oh my goodness, a freaking cannon. It is a 20mm anti-tank rifle that was first
built in 1939. And just so you know, a 50cal round is equivalent
to 12.7mm. Supposedly it was reported to be able to fire
in full auto but it could have been a malfunction or it was actually describing the fully automatic
version which was the Type 98 AA gun. When this gun is fully loaded, it could weigh
up to 150 pounds. Ok we are definitely not getting one of these
in the game. Anyway, eventually the tank armor just got
thicker and these became obsolete just like all the other anti-tank rifles. Alright then, how some some pistols. First up we have the Nambu pistols, but there
are a lot of variants. The first one is the Type 94 Nambu pistol,
it fires the 8mm Nambu cartridge and has a 6 round detachable magazine. It was particularly popular among tank and
aircraft crews since it is so compact. It was adopted by the Imperial Japanese Army
but not the Navy. There were some design flaws such as difficulty
in reloading and unintentional firing due to poor design of the breech. Then a more popular weapon came along and
it would be the Type 14 Nambu pistol. Around 400,000 of these were made. It was the cheaper and improved version of
the earlier Type A model. It also fires the 8mm Nambu cartridge and
has a 8-round magazine. Just like all the other guns at the same time
period, the quality went down significantly as the war progressed but most of them were
still quite functional despite being more cosmetically crude. As the war ended and Americans were bringing
back their war trophies like captured weapons, one of these pistols ended up with William
Ruger who eventually built the Ruger Standard based on this gun. Another semi-automatic pistol would be the
Hamada Type 1 pistol. It was based on the FN model 1910 Browning. Minimal design changes were made and is essentially
the same weapon. It is chambered in 8mm Nambu and has a 9-round
magazine. Several thousands of these were manufactured
and were mostly used in China. But most of the records regarding this gun’s
production were destroyed in the war. Last pistol that I think would be interesting
to add would be the Type 26 revolver. It was made way back in 1893 until 1935 with
around 60000 of them made. It does use a 9mm japanese revolver cartridge
which was rather unique. It is also double action only and may have
had issues with firing accurately. It has a lot of other design issues like the
cylinder being able to revolve from just about anything touching it or simply swinging the
gun around. This is essentially playing russian roulette
as you never know if the next round is actually empty or not in the heat of battle. But heck, why not add it to the game as this
was the only somewhat prominent revolver the Japanese had during the war. Then the last category would be the gadgets. In the pacific theater, the use of flamethrowers
was prominent. So how about the Type 100 flamethrower? It was mostly used in southeast Asia like
the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies and Burma. Some Japanese even tried to use this as an
anti-tank weapon roasting the tank crew as they did not have a lot of effective anti-tank
guns. And talking about anti-tank, how about the
Type 4 70mm AT rocket launcher? You can think of this as the Japanese version
of the M1 Bazooka. It is also equipped with a bipod as it was
designed to be used while prone. All they missed was a bayonet lug, I mean,
why not? Alright, jokes aside, moving on next to the
mines, the Type 99 Mines are pretty interesting, it has 4 magnets on the side and you can stack
them together to make bigger explosions. It can even be armed and thrown like a grenade. DICE please. Then we have mortars, this is the only one
of the 2 weapons other than the type 99 Arisaka rifle that we know should be coming to the
game. It is the Type 89 Grenade discharger, which
is also referred as the knee mortar by some people. It fires the Type 91 fragmentation grenade
and does not explode from contact. It actually has a time fuse and is designed
to explode while in flight. This is like WW2 version of the airburst. But aside from that, it can also fire an impact-detonated
HE round which would act more like a traditional mortar. And the last explosive on this list would
be the Type 2 rifle Grenade Launcher. It can be attached to the type 38 or the type
99 rifle and a 30mm or a 40mm grenade can be fired from the end of the barrel. It would be pretty cool to be able to mount
one of these to the end of the rifle for the alternate fire function. Last but not least, we will need to add bayonets
to pretty much everything, any Japanese soldier should be able to charge the enemies with
a bayonet. Some Japanese soldiers were reported to have
the close quarter combat mindset so drilled down into the mind that they would charge
the enemies with their bayonet with an unloaded rifle. The bayonet literally became their samurai
sword as they embraced that tradition. One more bonus weapon should be the Gunto,
or the military sword. It may end up being an elite soldier melee
option but it should still be there. It is a staple weapon for a Japanese officer. The Samurai era only ended in mid 1800s and
the tradition carried forward with the new Gunto. And that’s it for the video. Are there weapons you want to see when the
Imperial Japanese joins the fight, let me know down in the comment section. If you like this episode, drop a like, if
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