The use of European firearms by the Japanese during World War II was a controversial topic for a long time. Many historians had tried to justify the use of firearms by the Japanese as a justifiable response to escalating aggression from the U. S. Navy. After the cessation of combat operations in Japan, there was no longer any legal limit on the carrying of guns outside of the military. Many gun owners bought additional firearms and registered them as curios or collector’s items. For this reason, the long-term failure of the Japansryuan rifles (the rifles which were obsolete models of the German Mauser rifles) were a serious concern for the American military, and the introduction of European firearms in Japan was also closely watched.
The U. S. Navy made a study of the Japanese situation and decided that the best solution for Japan would be to withdraw from the area. In order to do this, they needed all the arms they could get their hands on and one way to get them was to arm the Japanese people themselves. This would allow them to fight against the growing tide of Japanese troops who were trying to take over the conquered areas. The U. S. military also hoped that it would be easier to remove the Japanese forces if they were entirely surrounded by non-military personnel. Ultimately, the only way Japan could be removed from the islands was through the successful employment of the new firearms technology that was now being used by the Japanese people.
The U. S. soldiers, numbering in the thousands, were efficient in using their new weapons in their fight against the Japanese. They not only brought heavy fire power to bear against the superior Japanese soldiers but also destroyed much of the property of the Japanese with fire. The effectiveness of the weaponry would be short-lived however, when the cessation of combat was proclaimed and the military was requested to pull out of the islands. Only a small portion of the troops were permitted to remain and these men brought with them a whole lot of old guns which had been salvaged from the destroyed Japanese cities.
When the war ended, there was still a huge need for firearms in Europe. In an effort to meet this growing demand for the new type of weaponry, gunsmiths all over Europe began to create weapons and implements that could be used for both home defense and war. Prior to the invention of the rifle, only the strongest men and militaries were able to use handguns in a battle. As the rifle was developed more soldiers were able to take advantage of this tool and use it to kill enemy soldiers before they could even reach them.
The development of the pistol brought with it a whole new set of issues. Originally a single shot handgun, it was soon discovered that these new breechers could fire two shots at a time. This meant that groups of enemy soldiers could attack in quick succession which made the gunsmiths of Europe’s new swords and daggers great tools. While firearms were initially used for the purpose of hunting animals, they soon developed into much more lethal weapons. Why was the introduction of European firearms successful?
There are many different historical perspectives on the question ‘Why was the introduction of European firearms successful?’ With so many gunsmiths all over Europe helping each other out, the answer is a very simple one. These new guns were designed to work better than other weapons and were built to last.