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Nambu Type 99 Machine Gun by stopsigndrawer81 Nambu Type 99 Machine Gun by stopsigndrawer81
The Nambu Type 99 machine gun was probably the finest Japanese small arm in use that the Imperial Army would have had during WWII. However, it was adapted only in 1939, not issued en masse until 1942, and did not see combat until 1943, a fate very similar to Germany's MP/StG-44 assault rifle: too little- too late. The Nambu Type 99 was chambered in the 7.7x58mm rimless rifle round, the same as that used in the Type 99 bolt-action rifle, basically a rimless version of the .303 British for those of you familiar with rifle cartridges. The Nambu Type 99, like the earlier Type 96 had several unusual features for a light machine gun, including the ability to mount the arisaka rifle bayonet and a special 1x scope. The Type 99 featured a higher cyclic rate of fire at 850 rounds per minute, The Type 99 borrowed much internal design from the Czech ZB-26, doing away with the unreliable cartridge lublicating system. In the end, the Type 99 did not save Japan from final doom in 1945 and the guns were scattered all over southeast asia, seeing use in the Chinese civil war, Korean War and in Vietnam in limited quantities.
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TheDeathMachine Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I got 99 kills,but a headshot ain't 1!Hai!
TomradeM Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I heard that the IJA actually had three types of 7.7 ammo Rimmed for aircraft machine-guns, semi rimmed for Light machine-guns and rimless for rifles. all non interchangeable.. in other words a quartermaster's worst nightmare
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty Much. I think the Nambu Type 99 Light Machine Gun and the Arisaka Type 99 Rifle used the same ammo though. If you look at My Nambu Type 11 Light machine gun, you'll see the problems with the 6.5mm Arisaka ammo interchangeability between it and the Arisaka Type 38 Rifle.
brandonM1999 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
this is the old version of the bern LMG
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope. The Bren was introduced in 1937. This gun was formally introduced in 1939, and not issued in quantity until 1943. It has some cosmetic similarities such as a top mounted curved box magazine but the two are totally different guns.
crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
a bren... fine work...
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Only a Bren in relation to the flash hider and curved top loading magazine, some features taken from the ZB-26s used by nationalist China ( forerunner of the bren) but the Nambu Type 99 is its own design.
crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
ok =)
sir-smells-alot Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Dont mean to burst your bubble, but I think I have seen one of these at the shooting range in Oklahoma City
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A few of these were brought back as war trophies by returning GIs from the pacific front. A majority of US states, including Oklahoma allow for civilian machine gun ownership if it complies with all federal regulation on full autos. 7.7mm Jap ammo would be expensive and scarce, but to see a Nambu Type 99 brought back to life on a US shooting range would not be unheard of.
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