Monday, April 5, 2010

Japanese Model 99 Light Machine Gun…

another work in progress.

This particular unit is a dewat “bring-back” from WWII. Our boys at State Line Gun Shop have brought this back to life, now chambered for .308 Winchester/7.62x51 (you’re not going to find much 7.7mm at Wally World). It’s in the final tweaking stage, but it IS running!

I love the old guns, & here is another case of “if it could only tell its story”:

That right there folks is what looks like a .30 caliber bullet hole in the bipod leg, which had also hit the gas tube & wrecked the piston. (The hole is visible about 1/3 of the way up in the right leg in the top pic if viewed full size.)
The lads just fired up the lathe, got a piece of steel, & cut away everything that didn’t look like a gas piston for a model 99- easy peasy. A little judicious handwork on the tube & it’s good to go. It appears the bullet entered from slightly behind or off to the side of the man who once carried it, & I expect that the .30 hole in evidence today was not the only bullet fired when this weapon was captured from its Japanese owner.

I’d love to hear the tale.

1 comment:

Wally said...

That is absolutely awesome! Nothing better than rehabilitating an old gem!

I have just purchased a demilled WWII gem that is going to be my winter project. I don't want to say too much until ATF/NFA approves the rebuild and all the parts are in my posession. Watching your cannon at the blogshoot really did serve as inspiration.