Type 99 light machine gun file photo [6521]

Type 99 Machine Gun

Country of OriginJapan
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber7.700 mm
Capacity30 rounds
Length1,181.000 mm
Barrel Length550.000 mm
Weight10.400 kg
Rate of Fire850 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity715 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Type 99 gas-operated light machine guns entered trial service with the Japanese Army in 1939, and mass production of these weapons began in Apr 1942. Their design was essentially the same as the Type 96 light machine guns, with the only major difference being that the Type 96 design used 6.5-mm rounds while the Type 99 design used 7.7-mm rounds. Most of the Type 99 light machine guns were deployed with 2.5 power optical sights, which were powerful enough to allow these weapons to be used as sniper rifles. When situation demanded, Type 99 light machine guns were also used as light anti-aircraft guns.

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Japanese Type 99 machine gun crew demonstrating its anti-strafing set up, date unknownJapanese Type 99 light machine gun on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 15 Jan 2007

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