Who knew that Pedersen sold his rifles to the Japanese?
During the early and mid-1930s, the Japanese Empire tried out the Pederson design.
Ian from Forgotten Weapons gives us a great lesson of the history of this rifle and how it actually works.
When the U.S. military did not adopt John Pedersen’s unique toggle-locked rifle, he set forth to find buyers abroad. Japan was interested and bought some of his rifles and carbines for testing. They played around with them and then abandoned the testing.
The Japanese rifles had a rotary style magazine instead of the en bloc clip usually associated with Pedersen’s rifles.