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The Type 2 was a cup type grenade launcher that was used by Japan during World War II.

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The Type 2 was similar in design to German counterparts, in fact it was fundamentally a copy except for several key changes.[1]  First of all, the discharging tube for the weapon was significantly smaller than that of the German model. It had a total length of around 18 centimeters and fired a 40mm grenade which had an explosive weight of 107 grams. When used effectively, the 40mm grenade could be used to destroy tanks with up to 98mm worth of armor.[2] The weapon itself was mounted upon either the Arisaka Type 38 Rifle or more modern Arisaka Type 99 Rifle

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The only variant of the Type 2 grenade launcher produced was a type that was modified to fire 30mm grenades instead. To account for the smaller load, this variant was only 16.2 centimeters in length. This model, being smaller in size and weight was also slightly more mobile than the original which added more length to an already long rifle.

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The Type 2 was developed in the early 1940s inspired by German counterparts, finishing combat tests in 1942. From then on, the weapon entered mass production, with around 4,000 examples being produced per month. Entire production estimates are unknown in total but it is known that thousands had been produced by the end of the war and had continued to serve with members of the IJA until that point.

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  1. http://www.inert-ord.net/jap02h/grenades/40heat/index.html
  2. http://www.lonesentry.com/ordnance/tag/rifle-grenade

Vorlage:Japanese Infantry Weapons

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