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The Type 97 heavy tank machine gun was the standard machine gun used in Japanese armored vehicles during World War II. Although classified as a "heavy" machine gun, the weapon used the same 7.7x58mm round as the Type 99 Arisaka bolt-action rifle. Introduced into service in 1937, it was used until the end of the war.
— In-game Description
Compared to other light machine guns, the Type 97 is closest statistically to the Bren Gun, with an identical damage model, slightly higher rate of fire and lower recoil, at the cost of a reduced magazine capacity of 25 rounds and a longer reload. Its high accuracy and controllable recoil allows the Type 97 to remain effective at medium range, and is slightly better at close range than the Bren, although its relatively long time-to-kill at close and long range, combined with frequent reloads, limits its overall utility. The weapon can be equipped with a unique 3x Scope that provides elevated zoom at the cost of peripheral vision.
The Specializations tree for the Type 97 includes Slings and Swivels, Recoil Buffer, Improved Bipod and Quick Reload on the left path, increasing effectiveness during sustained fire. The right side path of Quick Aim, Barrel Bedding, Custom Stock and Ported Barrel generally assists with fire on the move.