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It sounded like there was some interest in the T-99 LMG maintenance & cleaning kits so for everyone's reference I thought I'd post some photos and brief descriptions for each...

1) Both the maintenance & cleaning kits housed inside their canvas belt pouches.
2) The maintenance kits leather parts wallet removed from its pouch.
3) Wallet opened up to display all components secured in their proper locations.
4) All components removed from the wallet, from L to R we have an aluminum headed hammer which when used with the next item a tapered drift punch assists in the removal of all the pins and split pin type fasteners, next is a pair of serrated tweezers or tongs that I assume would help in the handling of the smaller parts, next is a dual headed combination tool, the tapered end is used for the removal of a dud cartridge from the chamber, the opposite end with the twisted pointed wire is a tool for removing & replacing the extractor assemblies, next is a standard folding 2 ended screwdriver, next is a 7.7mm broken shell extractor which would be used to remove whats left of a cartridge casing that had it's primer pocket end torn off, next is a 4 section cleaning rod which when assembled is threaded on both ends, the smaller diameter thread accepts the bore cleaning tools (jag & brush), the opposite end has a larger diameter thread that accepts the small carbon scraper tip and also the large cleaning brush both of which are used to clean the gas tube, next is a small combination wrench, the large end is for removing or securing the barrel wedge nut while the smaller end is for removing or securing the small nut that secures the trigger groups cross bolt assembly, next is a complete spare bolt assembly and finally we have a spare parts pouch with it's contents displayed showing 3 firing pins, 6 extractors, 2 firing pin locks and the springs that accompany these parts.
5) The cleaning kit with is rectangular steel can removed.
6) All the kits components removed from their storage can, from L to R we have the aluminum oil bottle, gas tube brush, bore brush, jag, small crevice cleaning tool, firing pin channel cleaning tool which inserts into the hole at the real of the bolt, the guns flash hider which has nothing to do with cleaning the gun however fits into the compartment perfectly and is shown in the kit in the 99's manual and finally a set of 5 barrel spacing shims which are 1mm, 1.1mm, 1.2mm, 1.3mm & 1.4mm thick. Also, it should be noted that the shim set is a replica set offered by Jim Langley (Garfield's Dad here on the boards), originals are pretty much non existent.

-Rick
 

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My pleasure guys,

I'm finding the accessories are just as much fun to collect as the guns themselves.

These kits were issued with each gun so the bolt was an extra number matched part for the gun it was issued with.

Another interesting side note on this kit is that it is later production due to the aluminum headed hammer, the cast iron barrel removal wrench & the coarse weave canvas pouch with pigskin backing, most kits had brass headed hammers, finely machined wrenches & better made pouches with either cowhide or rubberized canvas backing material.

Too cool!

Cheers, Rick
 

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Nakanishi's book states that "A typical infantry squad consisted of 3 infantry sections & 1 machine gun section (Type-11 - 4 men, Type-96 (& I assume T-99) - 5 men), the total number of soldiers including the section leader (usually a sergeant) consisted of 13 or 14 men" which I assume depends on which LMG they were equipped with.

The book also states that "The machine gun section carried all the heavy equipment whereas ammo would also be carried by men from other sections."

With all that said I would think that the guns were maintained in the field by personnel of the MG section, the guns are are fairly simple in design and are not difficult to maintain or repair provided you have the part you need, if not, depending on where you were you may or may not have had the option of sending it "back to company" for a repair, for instance if you are a Japanese machine gunner stationed in say the Philippines or China you may have had that option however if it was Tarawa, Peleliu or Iwo Jima I think it's safe to say you were on your own with whatever spares you had on hand.

In regards to the wrenches I'm quite sure the opposite side also has kanji characters with the arrow pointing to the smaller end, I'll take some close-up shots of both sides and post them in the next day or so, hopefully we can get a complete translation of both sides...

Thanks to all who chimed in!

Cheers, Rick
 

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Hey Guys,

I hope all is going well with everybody...

Sorry I've been away from Gunboard's for a few days, I just finished resizing about 1200 7.7mm casings never mind shoveling out twice in 2 days! I can't wait to get out of here!

Rob: Yes that is the often missing carbon scraper tip that when at the end of the assembled 4 section cleaning rod allows you to go way down in to the gas tube and remove carbon deposits on the ID of the tube, I will get you a photo in the next day or so... Also, good score on those loose 99 LMG tools!

Rob & Big Ed: Yes, I think that would be a reference number for how tight the nut is (or was), although it seems that no matter how much I tighten them on my guns they always seem to loosen up by the time I'm finished shooting...

Here's the scraper tip photos & my reloading effort...

Cheers, Rick
 

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Hey Guys,

Forgive me again! I spent most of yesterday shoveling out from our newest storm which was about a foot of heavy wet snow which overwhelmed my snow blower and had to be 90% done by hand, in addition I have done my Dad's place twice, this crap is for the birds, the southwest is definitely in my future...

Rob: Just an FYI that Don makes that part, if you get one be sure to tell him it's for a T-99 LMG kit as the threads differ between the 96 & 99 rods...

Big Ed: Very impressive set-up, I'm small potatoes compared to that but I'm only doing Jap 6.5 & 7.7 so far although I'll soon be doing 8.0 mm Nambu for the SMG, maybe after I retire I'll upgrade my reloading equipment...

-Rick
 
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