Incredibly Rare WWII-Era Japanese Machine Gun Camera Just Went On Sale – But Not For Long
World War II brought forth an incredible variety of technology used in an attempt to defeat their enemies. The Japanese got very creative with a fully functional machine gun that also operated as a camera. Now one of those rare machine gun cameras has popped up on eBay, a lovely find for collectors of WWII memorabilia.
Officially known as the Konishoruko Rokuoh-Sha Type 89 was both a machine gun and a camera. It operated much like fighter plane cameras at the time to document kills to ensure that combatants were not exaggerating their numbers.
“When the trigger is pulled, the camera runs, with footage being taken of what the gun is aimed at, as well as an optional stopwatch; after landing, the film can be analyzed by the trainers for proper lead and burst timing.”
The Type 89 was mainly used for training purposes as its size didn’t make it easy to carry around as initially hoped. The machine gun camera is still a very cool find and in great shape despite its age and being used in combat. It can be yours for if you have an extra $4,500 lying around, perfect for the photographer or the sharpshooter in you.