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The Type 4, often referred to as the Type 5, was a prototype Japanese semi-automatic rifle developed in 1944, near the end of World War II. The weapon was made out of a need for a semi-automatic rifle after the Allies began fielding the M1 Garand, and the Type 4 was essentially a direct copy of the Garand designed from captured rifles. The Type 4, however, utilized a 10-round internal magazine fed by stripper clips as opposed to the 8-round en-bloc clip the Garand used. Parts for about 250 rifles were known to have been produced, but only a few were actually assembled, were reported to have several issues feeding, and do not appear to have actually seen action in the war.
In the Battlefield series, the Type 4 is referred to as the Type 5 and appears in all World War II era games in the series. It is depicted with a removable magazine in Battlefield 1942 and the Vietnam World War II Mod, while the model used in 1943 and Bad Company 2 uses an en-bloc clip like the Garand.
In Battlefield 1942, the Type 5 is the primary weapon issued to the IJN Engineer kit. It is very effective at long ranges. It has a 10 round magazine, small cross hairs and an average reload time. It has the capability of killing an enemy at full health in three to four shots. It was introduced in the v1.45 patch.
Compared to its USMC counterpart, the M1 Garand, the Type 5 possesses a larger 10-round magazine, compared to the M1's eight rounds, as well as the ability to reload mid-magazine. However, the wielder starts with less total ammunition, and the ability to reload mid-magazine can waste ammunition as well.
World War II modEdit
In Battlefield Vietnam's official WWII mod, the Type 5 is issued to the Imperial Japanese Army as their standard rifle. It can be found as an option for the Assault, Engineer and Heavy Assault kits. It used the same model and skin from Battlefield 1942, though has different animations. It stats are very similar to those from its counterpart in the previous game.
In Battlefield 1943, the Type 5 is the primary weapon issued to the IJN Rifleman kit. It is very effective at long ranges, being able to kill in three body shots. It possesses an 8-round clip, as opposed to the 10-round clip used in Battlefield 1942, and is functionally identical to its Marine Corps counterpart, the M1 Garand.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
Only available in singleplayer, the Type 5 makes a brief appearance in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 during the opening mission, Operation Aurora. It is not unlockable for multiplayer, unlike its American counterpart, the M1 Garand. It is one of the two infantry weapons available during Operation Aurora and one of the two weapons available in singleplayer that is not a collectible weapon.
It is a good idea to pick the Type 5 up from a fallen Japanese soldier, as it is often a one shot, one kill weapon and, unlike the Type 100, it has manageable recoil due to its semi-automatic action, as well as far superior accuracy.
It notably has identical stats to those of the M1 Garand in multiplayer, except with slightly lower long range damage, reflecting the M1's damage before a patch.
- The Type 5's method of feeding depicted in all of its Battlefield appearances are fictional. The real weapon's magazine was internal and not removable as shown in 1942 and Vietnam, and the en-bloc clip shown in 1943 and Bad Company 2 was incapable of functioning correctly with the 7.7 Arisaka cartridge during testing.
- The point of impact for the weapon's shots occur a little bit higher than the tip of the sights, which can make the rifle slightly difficult to use.
- One of the more notable differences in appearance between the Type 5 and the M1 Garand in Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 1943 is the Japanese Imperial Chrysanthemum on the iron piece, right behind the dorsal sights.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
- The Type 5 uses the same firing sound of the GOL Sniper Magnum.