Fall 2023 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction
November 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2023
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!
JAPANESE TYPE 92 AIRCRAFT DEWAT LEWIS MG
Cal. 7.7mm Rimmed
Bbl. 26″. Mfg. 1943. Open bolt, gas operated machine gun, fed from a 97 round pan magazine. First adopted by the Japanese in 1932 & utilized in both the Army & Navy. Originally introduced as the Type 91 Navy Aircraft Machine Gun. When production began in 1932, there was a high percentage of parts that were actually interchangeable w/ the British Lewis Gun. The most obvious difference between the Japanese & the British Lewis is the left side position of the charging handle on the Japanese gun, where it was positioned on the right by the British. It utilizes a leather wrapped single spade grip positioned at the rear of the receiver, which doubles as an oil reserve, hosting a long brush beneath the threaded steel cover. The trigger mechanism is located forward of a single pistol grip located below the action inside an elongated trigger guard.
The sights are unique to the aircraft guns, consisting of a rear mounted circle, measuring 3″ in diameter w/ a smaller circle in the center & wires running through the center, much like a traditional crosshair. The front sight is a tall post. Unlike many traditional Lewis guns, there is no large, round barrel jacket, or radiator on the Aircraft variant, but just an exposed barrel & gas tube, much like a typical Japanese machine gun. The finish on all exposed metal parts is a dark black mixed w/ traditional bluing. Several Japanese markings on barrel shroud & receiver, highlighted in white and easy to read, not so easy to translate. Some receiver markings, below top mounted drum translated to; “AIKAWA NAVY ENGINEERING EDITION / TYPE92 7.7 / SWOWA YEAR 18”. Other markings include an anchor below serial number. MAGS: 1 steel 97 rd. pan. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIED: Small pedestal mounted on 6″x6″ board for display.
STATUS: CURIO CLASS III