Japanese Small Arms of World War II: Were They Really The Worst?

Japanese weapons and gear.

Not long ago, while passing through the town of Conneaut, Ohio, I stopped in to their local World War II community museum. It wasn't a large place or large collection, and admittedly I wasn't expecting much, but it was less than I was expecting. Still, its worth supporting local history museums, so I don't regret going, and if you get the chance there are worse ways to spend a few minutes. While looking at their collection, I got into a conversation with the docent about infantry small arms, and he posed a question that, by interesting serendipity I had also been recently thinking about: why were Japanese weapons in the war so primitive compared to American?

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