7.7×58mm Japanese Arisaka cartridge was the standard military cartridge for the Imperial Japanese Army’s and the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service during World War II. The 7.7×58mm cartridge was designed as the successor of the 6.5×50mmSR cartridge for rifles and machine guns but was never able to fully replace it by the end of the war.
Towards the end of the WWI, the Japanese military would experience the 7.7mm projectiles in the form of the .303 British cartridge for machine guns mounted on early aircraft like the Ro-Go Ko-gata seaplane. While the Imperial Japanese Navy would continue to equipment machine guns in rimmed .303 under the 7.7mm designation, the Imperial Japanese Army would seek to develop their own 7.7mm cartridge in various semi-rimmed and rimless cases for the Infantry and the Army Air Service. A rimless 7.7×58mm japanese Arisaka cartridge was first tested for a prototype 7.7 mm infantry rifle in 1919. While the experiments would continue throughout the 1920s and 30s, the development of an air-cooled aircraft machine guns would however be taken priority.
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