The Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun, also known as the Taishō 14 Machine Gun, was a Japanese air-cooled heavy machine gun, based on the design of the Hotchkiss M1914. Although the Hotchkiss used 8mm cartridges, from 1914 Japan produced the Type 3 under license from Hotchkiss using the 6.5x50mm Arisaka ammunition
The Type 3 machine gun was the Japanese Army's main heavy machine gun. It was used primarily on the offensive to give charging infantry some form of support. The theory was that the guns were supposed to shoot right over the heads of the Japanese infantry, but unfortunately, some did get shot in the back.