Original Japanese type 13.2mm Hotchkiss WWII Anti-Aircraft Display Gun on Pedestal Mount with Full Magazine Chest

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a superb Axis 13.2mm Hotchkiss Display Machine Gun, complete with pedestal mount, cradle, and a full magazine chest holding 8 box magazines. The famous Model 1928 13.2 mm Hotchkiss machine gun was a heavy machine gun designed and manufactured by Hotchkiss et Cie from the late 1920s until World War II where it saw service with various nation's forces, most notably JAPAN.

IMA is pleased to offer our BATF approved non-firing totally inert Hotchkiss Model 1928 13.2mm Display Heavy Machine Gun constructed using a portion of the original steel receiver (constructed to BATF specifications.) Used by Germany as well as Japan in various configurations including barrel weight, and finning, left or right feed and mount types. We are offering the model with a partially finned barrel and flash eliminator, fitted with a spade grip assembly, and comes complete with one giant 13.2mm straight box magazine.

Included with this display gun is newly manufactured pedestal mount, original forkhead, and original cradle. The pedestal mount is bolted to a wooden base, so this is ready to stand up and display, right out of the box. The wood blocks seen on the photos were used simply to hold the gun pointing up for display purposes. These can be painted black or a different device can be used.

Also included is one magazine chest, painted in naval blue-gray, with 8 magazines inside. All have the Hotchkiss "crossed cannon" logo on them.

Perhaps the most impressive Display MG set we have ever offered!

History of the 13.2-mm Hotchkiss:


In the late 1920s, Hotchkiss proposed a range of anti-aircraft automatic weapons in the 13.2, 25 and 37 mm calibers. They were all based on the same type of gas-operated action than the 8 mm mle 1914 machine gun, that had proven extremely reliable during World War I and was still in service. Hotchkiss also advertised the 13.2 mm machine gun as an infantry weapon, that could be fitted on conventional tripods and be used against light armour. French infantry commanders, that had expressed interest in acquiring light anti-aircraft guns, refused the 13.2 mm. They argued that those heavy bullets falling down could be dangerous to friendly troops, and went to larger calibres where self-destructing shells were available. But the 13.2 mm Hotchkiss saw extensive use as a naval gun, and was also chosen by the French cavalry for some of its armoured vehicles.

When used as a naval weapon-

Early in World War II, the French and Japanese navies were using twin and quadruple mountings on many of their warships. French warships that were refitted in the USA in 1943, such as battleship Richelieu or destroyer Le Terrible, had their 13.2 mm machine guns replaced by more efficient Oerlikon 20 mm cannons.

When used a ground weapon-

The 13.2 mm Hotchkiss was used on the, Belgian T15 and French AMR 35, light tanks as well as the AMD Laffly 80 AM armoured car and on fortifications. In WWII the Japanese mounted of the gun on a number of Type 92 Heavy Armoured Cars which had initially only been armed with only a pair of 6.5mm machine guns.

When used as a Anti-Aircraft weapon-

The Japanese used a single mounting for close-range defense of its airfields and other strategic places


Single Gun-

Weight: 37.5 kg (83 lbs)

Length: 1.67 metres (5 ft 6 in)

Barrel length: 1 metre (3 ft 3 in)


Weight: 140 lbs

Height: 5 ft 5 in

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