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WWII Type 97 Japanese Sniper Rifle

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Type 97 Japanese sniper rifle

Type 97 Bolt-action Rifle

The Type 97 was a Japanese bolt-action rifle, based on the Type 38 rifle. It used the Japanese designed 6.5×50mm Arisaka caliber cartridge which produced little recoil when fired. Its stopping power was reduced by the rifle's 31 1/2 inch long barrel which slowed the bullet, and because the charge was light compared to the bullet's weight. It was built between 1937-1945.