Type 96 Light Machine Gun


The Weapon

The Type 96 Light Machine Gun (九六式軽機関銃 Kyūroku-shiki Kei-kikanjū) was a light machine gun used by the Japanese Imperial forces during World War II. This actual machine gun was brought back to the United States by a US Marine and registered with the US government upon return. The weapon was manufactured in December of 1942 according to the markings on the receiver. The Type 96 came into active service in 1936 and was intended to replace the older Type 11; however the Type 11 had already been produced in large quantities, and both weapons remained in service until the end of the war. The Type 96 was regarded as rugged and reliable and feared by it's foes.

The Specs

  • Caliber: 6.5 Japanese
  • Type: Fully-Automatic
  • Category: Belt-fed/Medium Machine Gun
  • Origin: Japan
  • Capacity: 25-round magazine
  • The Reviews



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