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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

….Imperial Japanese Navy

"At the beginning of the 1940s, Japanese naval aviation was equipped with relatively advanced combat aircraft. In contrast, their gun armament was in need of improvement, being Japanese versions of the British Lewis (Type 92 Flexible) and Vickers (Type 97 Fixed) 7.7 mm machine guns and the low-velocity 20 mm Oerlikon FF (Type 99-1) in 20 x 72RB calibre. Their cyclic rates of fire were comparatively low and the API blowback operation of the Oerlikon did not
allow it to be synchronised to fire through the propeller disc, seriously reducing its combat value…."
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