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In this category we have the Bren gun, ZB vz. 26, Type 96, and Type 99 LMGs. I’d imagine that the Type 99 ‘Nambu’ is best, it’s just Type 96 that’s been beefed up in punching power but light compared to the Bren and with a higher RoF. Considering how much the Japanese get ragged on for the quality of their Army equipment, it’s a stunningly good gun in my book.
I could just as well expand this to “best LMG of any kind”, but the only other contestants would be the DP-28 and BAR, the latter of which was really an automatic rifle with a bipod thrown on it rather than a true LMG, and the Germans used GPMGs in the squad role instead of LMGs altogether.
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Col. George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach
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The Japanese Type 96 & 99 are essentially derivatives of the Bren, and he rates them right up with the Bren.
He takes a Type 96 to the range, very impressive accuracy for a LMG!
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Also had an option for a scope if you needed it for any reason.