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A Close Look at the Japanese Type 89 Knee Mortar [VIDEO]

Have you ever see a Japanese Type 89 Knee Mortar?

Thanks to Ian of Forgotten Weapons, we get a crash course in all sorts of cool guns.

Watch this video to learn all about the unique World War Two Japanese Type 89 Knee Mortar.

The Japanese Type 89 grenade launcher is more commonly known as a “Knee Mortar” by U.S. troops. This light Japanese infantry weapon allowed the lobbing of high explosives farther than they could be thrown.

It was very accurate and fast to put into action. This light weight weapon was born in 1929 and is kind of a motley-assembled assortment of parts that becomes a very lethal weapon.

While it was never actually possible to shoot the weapon from your knee, it had a bent base plate to jam into the ground or use on logs.

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A Close Look at the Japanese Type 89 Knee Mortar [VIDEO]