RARE & UNUSUAL Japanese Military Machine gun Camera. Model Type...
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Started 2021-11-13 00:00:00
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RARE & UNUSUAL Japanese Military Machine gun Camera. Model Type 89, CAL: 35 mm film MFG: 1939-45, SN: 8148,

The official U.S. government designation for this is: Camera, Flexible Gun, Motion Picture, Rokuohsha (Konishiroku) Type 89, Japan. This is an extremely rare and highly sought after military collectible, a Japanese Machine Gun Camera manufactured during World War II. This Type 89 Rokuoh-Sha was made by Konishoruko Manufacturer Company, which later to became Konica. A multi-purpose training device, this ''gun'' is effectively a camera mounted in an oversized housing, suitable for installation in a wing mount or waist-gun emplacement. When the trigger is pulled, the camera runs, with footage being taken of what the gun is aimed at, as well as an optional stopwatch; after landing, the film can be analyzed by the trainers for proper lead and burst timing. Measuring 29 inches overall with a matte black finish, a transparent housing and reflector array on the ''barrel'' for the stopwatch, mounting positions for a set of anti-aircraft sights (included), and nomenclature plates on top and on the right side behind the crank. This camera has a fascinating history in that it was used to train Japanese machine gunners during WWII. The camera would be mounted inside or outside the plane. When inside it is manned by the gunner, and outside it would be controlled remotely by cables. The camera takes 18x24mm pictures on 35mm cine film loaded in 2.5m strips.

The Type 89 camera was used to train gunners on the famed Zero fighter plane, the pilots would do in-air target practice with the camera recording accuracy. The film would then be processed and reviewed before true in-air combat (once pilots mastered the Type 89 camera with improved kills through target practice, the real thing was then mounted on the aircraft and said pilot was sent into battle). A rare find and great for collectors of unique cameras or WWII memorabilia very difficult to find. No FFL or C&R Req - Value: 500 to 4000

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RARE & UNUSUAL Japanese Military Machine gun Camera. Model Type...
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