Golden Eagle Type 96 Machine Gun AEG Replica

Golden Eagle
Code: 6400
591.49
  • Full metal construction
  • 6.02mm Tightbore inner barrel
  • Japanese WWII light machine gun

If you are working on your Japanese WWII kit and support gunning is your game, this is the primary for you! The Golden Eagle Type 96 LMG replicates the Nambu Type 96, the standard light machine gun of the Imperial Japanese Army throughout most of WWII. The Golden Eagle replica boasts full metal construction, real wood furniture, a whopping 550mm 6.02mm tightbore inner barrel and a unique gearbox with version 2 compatible internals.

While visually similar to the BREN gun with its top-mounted magazine, the Type 96 is a different beast, using a different internal system than the BREN despite looking related. Like the BREN, the Type 96 is known to be one of the best LMGs of WWII thanks to its low weight, impressive accuracy and excellent design, making it a far more user-friendly platform than the American BAR.

To aid its role as a support platform, the Type 96 is equipped with a folding bipod which is a true asset when setting the LMG up in a fixed firing position, giving you the ability to tilt the LMG to keep it horizontal for better HOP-up effect and a more comfortable firing positon. If your tastes dictate a unique historical platform or you are working on your WWII ImperialJapanese Army loadout, the Type 96 will scratch that itch!

Full description

Description

The Type 96 LMG entered service with the Imperial Japanese Army in 1936, designed by Kijirō Nambu, a former career officer in the IJA and founder of the Nambu Arms Manufacturing Company. Nambu is known as the "John Browning of Japan" thanks to the proliferation of his designs, having learned from Nariakira Arisaka, another famed Japanese firearms designer.

While it may look like a BREN or VZ.26 copy, the Type 96 was a unique design, making use of a long-stroke gas piston like the BREN but with a locking block instead of a tilting bolt. The visual similarities come down to its intended battlefield role, being designed to provide supporting fire from the prone position in mind. To facilitate this, the stock is slightly dropped from the line of the bore, the magazine is located on the top of the receiver, the pistol grip is set at a more vertical angle than the norm and a folding bipod is positioned at the front, giving you a well-concealed firing position with ample stability.

The Golden Eagle Type 96 boasts full metal construction along with real wood furniture, giving it the museum-quality looks and feel any historical replica deserves. Inside, we have a unique gearbox which uses version 2 gearbox internal parts, meaning upgrades are a go for those who want the best possible performance. The Type 96 already has plenty of accuracy and range potential thanks to its 6.02mm tightbore inner barrel and rotary HOP-up unit combination, with an extraordinarily lengthy 550mm inner barrel to work with. Whether you are a WWII buff or you want a platform that really turns heads, the Type 96 is a great choice.

Starting at the front, we are greeted with barrel threads, but not the type you use to mount a suppressor or tracer unit! These threads are to install the included conical "Trumpet" flash hider which not only adds to the Type 96's unique looks but amplifies the muzzle report for a beastly LMG feel. The flash hider can be left off the platform to save weight and length, though it looks fantastic in place.

Following the flash hider, we come to the outer barrel which features a realistic spiral mock cooling fin along its entire length, functioning in the real deal to help dissipate heat and maintain accuracy. The barrel profile is a perfect match for the real Type 96, with a slight taper towards the tip to improve handling, with the meatier part being close to the receiver, where the explosions happen.

Running below the outer barrel we have the mock gas tube, connected to the barrel via a steel mock gas block. The gas block includes all the details necessary for an authentic build, including a gas adjuster at the front which can be rotated, and a bayonet lug on the bottom. Even the British wouldn't mount a bayonet to an LMG! Impressive stuff that the Japanese foresaw a situation where one might need an LMG with a bayonet mounted, though not compatible with common Airsoft bayonets, those with fabrication skills might be able to work with this lug.

The bipod mount is positioned just to the rear of the front sight/gas block assembly, allowing the Type 96 to be set up in a fixed firing position with maximum stability. To deploy the bipod, simply pull and hold the sliding button on each bipod leg rearwards (towards the bipod feet) and each leg should unfold and lock into position. The ability to cant by a few degrees left and right means you can keep the Type 96 horizontal, even when deployed on uneven ground. The bipod mount is constructed from alloy, and the legs from steel, meaning plenty of strength to support this hefty LMG when it is doing its downrange duties!

Following the barrel and gas tube, we reach the receiver with its plethora of unfamiliar knobs, levers and wheels. The first lever we come across is the barrel removal lever, which functions similarly to modern LMGs but was included to simplify manufacturing instead of swapping a hot barrel in the middle of a firefight. Due to the limitations of wartime production, the Type 96 required each barrel to be headspaced to suit each individual gun using shims, meaning they could be swapped by an armourer, but not in the field. To remove the barrel for storage or transportation, simply pull and hold the pin at the tip of the lever out, rotate it by 90 degrees counterclockwise and pull the entire lever out, after which the barrel can be removed.

The charging handle is located just below the barrel removal lever and is non-functional but can nonetheless be pulled back for added realism. This charging handle is absolutely massive and intended to be easy to grab when operating the Type 96 from the prone position; yet another of the platform's forward-thinking design characteristics. The hinged door above and to the rear of the charging handle is the dust cover for the considerably oversized ejector of the real thing and can be opened up to satisfy realism fans. To open it, simply press the small button on the top and you can open the dust cover to reveal a representation of the ejector cast into the side of the receiver.

There are a grand total of 3 dust covers on the Type 96, proving Nambu was way ahead of his time and very focused on improving reliability by preventing dirt, dust and debris ingress. The magazine well is on the top of the receiver and can be covered with its own dust cover when the LMG is stored or in transit, and on the right side of the receiver, there is yet another dust cover concealing the mock ejection port beneath. The rotary adjustable HOP-up unit of the Type 96 is accessible either through the magazine well on top or through the ejection port on the right side, requiring the dust cover to be manually opened to access the rotary adjustment dial.

The top-mounted magazine may seem weird if you are used to modern platforms, but there are plenty of perks that come along with it. Being top-mounted means reloads are far easier and faster when shooting from the prone position, avoiding any awkward movements and allowing you to stay hidden as you refuel your LMG. The magazine release is also very large and prominent, meaning you can hit it easily even when pumped with adrenaline and access it from either side. The Type 96 is also designed to allow an assistant gunner to reload the LMG while the shooter stays on the sights, as is the case with the BREN gun. This would be all but impossible with a magazine mounted on the bottom, so if you want to make the most of the Type 96, get your mates involved!

To the rear of the ejector dust cover, we can see a large and prominent knurled wheel constructed from steel. This provides elevation adjustment for the rear iron sight, replicating the real Type 96 perfectly with its extremely wide range of adjustment. Turning the wheel clockwise will raise the rear iron sights, allowing it to be adjusted into any one of fifteen adjustment increments.

Each increment is indicated with an engraved digit visible through a viewing window on the rear of the adjustment drum, and each marking denotes X hundred meters. Obviously, being an Airsoft gun, it is not likely you will hit anyone at 1600 meters, but nonetheless, the sight's wide range of adjustment allows it to be set up for any Airsoft applicable range and an experienced Type 96 user will be able to make this work to their advantage.

The top of the receiver is quite crowded, but that didn't stop Nambu from finding room to mount a scope! Unfortunately, the real steel Type 96 scope is not yet available in Airsoft form, but this feature is cool enough that it is worth mentioning. The Type 96 scope is a 2.5-power periscopic sight, meaning it functions as a periscope, offsetting the line of sight to the right side of the LMG, on the opposite side to the iron sights. This is designed in to avoid the centrally mounted magazine and is quite an advanced feature for the era. The scope mounts to a dovetail on the right side of the top of the receiver, and we simply cannot wait for an Airsoft version to drop!

The right side of the receiver is relatively featureless, other than the ejection port. At the front right, we are treated to authentic markings matching the real Type 96, crisply engraved in for maximum realism. At the rear of the receiver, over on the left, we have one last lever. This is the disassembly lever and is non-functional, but can be rotated as a nod to authenticity.

Moving down, we come to the lower receiver/trigger group, the base of which is constructed from steel with a real wood pistol grip. The safety lever is on the left side, requiring a 90-degree rotation into the horizontal position to unlock the trigger and fire the LMG. The surface of the safety lever is textured to make it easy to rotate whether you are wearing gloves, have hands caked in mud or otherwise. Like the real Type 96, the Golden Eagle replica does not have a semi-automatic mode and shoots in fully automatic only. The pistol grip is set at a much more vertical angle than the norm, allowing for improved comfort and control when shooting in the prone position while reducing wrist strain.

Following the pistol grip, we arrive at the stock of the Type 96 which is constructed from real wood with a deep and varied grain. The butt plate is constructed from steel and has stamped serrations on its surface to keep it locked into your shoulder in any weather conditions. The stock sits slightly lower than the bore on the Type 96, allowing you to get a good view down the iron sights while staying as low as possible to make the best use of surrounding cover.

The battery compartment of the Type 96 is inside the real wood stock, requiring the screws retaining the butt plate on the bottom and top to be removed to access. With the butt plate removed, you will find a mini-Tamiya battery connector inside. We recommend a 7.4V 2300mAh LiPo battery in block configuration to take advantage of the ample space inside the stock.

Inside the Type 96 LMG, we have a unique gearbox with version 2 internal part compatibility, meaning good news for those who cannot help themselves but upgrade everything they touch. The inner barrel is a 6.02mm tightbore example, providing a slight raise in FPS and improved accuracy potential downrange. The HOP-up is a unique rotary unit which is compatible with AEG barrels, HOP-up rubbers and nubs, and the pre-installed gearset is steel, running on 8mm bushings with an 18:1 ratio. The result is a quite realistic rate of fire and impressive accuracy at range, ideal for a light machine gun intended to lay down fire and suppress long range targets.

Whether you plan to run an Imperial Japanese Army loadout or you want a rarely-seen platform to provide supporting fire for your team, the Golden Eagle Type 96 is a fine choice for the job. Unconventional though it may be, the Type 96 is very well designed for its role, and once you get your head around how to use it you will definitely appreciate its quirks!

Features

  • Full metal construction - Loads of steel!
  • 6.02mm Tightbore inner barrel - Awesome accuracy potential
  • Spiral cooling fin on the outer barrel - Allows for heat dissipation in the real thing, looks great
  • Authentic replica of the Japanese Type 96 LMG - Perfect for reenactment
  • Built-in bipod - Steel legs, alloy mount - Deploy in a more stable position
  • Conical "Trumpet" flash hider - Wild looks, works as a sound amp for a booming muzzle report
  • Top mounted magazine - Easy to change mags when in the prone position
  • Enlarged charging handle - Non-functional, just there for aesthetics
  • Ambidextrous magazine release - Up top, accessible from either side
  • Rotary adjustable HOP-up unit - Accessible through the magazine well when the mag is removed
  • Real wood carry handle, pistol grip & stock - Realistic build, perfect for history buffs
  • Side-mounted aperture iron sights - On the left side, provides clearance for the top-mounted mag
  • Textured pistol grip - Provides plenty of grip for wet weather operations
  • Rotary safety catch - On the left side of the lower receiver, SAFE - FULL AUTO only
  • Rear wired - Mini-Tamiya connector -  Recommended battery -7.4V 2300mAh LiPo Block Battery
  • Unique gearbox - Version 2 compatible, steel 18:1 gears running on 8mm bushings
  • Barrel quick release - Rotate the lever above the charging handle down by 90 degrees to remove, great for storage
  • Proprietory 700 round flash-mag high-cap included - Designed to work upside down, fill window on the bottom

Package Includes

  • Golden Eagle Type 96 Machine Gun AEG Replica
  • 700rnd Flash mag high-cap magazine
  • User manual

Specification

General

Weapon Construction External
Weapon Type
Support Gun
Over 18 Only Icon
Over 18
Yes
Icon UKARA - United Kingdom Airsoft Retailer Association
Defence / UKARA Required
Yes, No,
FPS Icon
FPS (Feet Per Second), using 0.20g BB
Approx. 320fps ± 10%, using 0.20g BB
Site Legal Icon
Site Legal, using 0.20g BB
Yes
Screwdriver Icon
Pre-Built
Yes
Package
Included Items
Magazine
Skill Level Icon
User Skill Level
Experienced Player

Weight and Dimension

Weight KG Icon
Weight (KG)
Approx. 6.5kg
Weapon Length Collapsed
Length (Collapsed)
117.5cm
Weapon Length Extended
Length (Extended)
117.5cm

Construction

Colour Wheel Greyscale
Primary Colour
Black
Colour Wheel Greyscale
Secondary Colour
Real Wood
Real Wood
Two Tone Icon
Pre Two-Toned
No
Construction Icon
Construction
Steel front sight, lower receiver/trigger guard, rear sight adjustment drums, sling loops & bipod legs. Alloy upper receiver, outer barrel, gas tube, flash hider, bipod mount. Real wood stock & grip
Weapon Construction External
External Construction
Alloy
Real Wood
Steel
Gearbox Icon
Internal Construction
Polymer
Alloy
Aluminium
Steel

Weapon Specific

Power Source Icon
Powered By
Electric
Blowback Icon
Blowback
None
Weapon Platform
Support Gun, Type 96,
Magazine Style Icon
Magazine Style
Long Gun Magazine, Support Gun, Type 96 LMG,
Fire Select Icon
Fire Selector
PatrolBase | Fire Select Safe
Safe
Patrol Base | Full Automatic
Full Automatic
Weapon Safety Features Icon
Safety Features
Trigger Lock
Shooter Configuration Icon
Shooter Configuration
Right Handed
Weapon Configuration Icon
Weapon Configuration
Top Loading
Weapon Scale Icon
Weapon Scale
1:1
Suggested BB Weight
0.25g

Hop-Up

Hop-Up Unit Icon
Hop-Up Unit
Yes
Hop-Up Unit Adjuster Icon
Hop-Up Adjuster
Rotary
Hop-Up Unit Location Icon
Hop-Up Location
Accessible through the magazine well on the top of the LMG

Furniture

Weapon Furniture Icon
Furniture
  • Bipod
  • Ambidextrous Magazine Release
  • Real Wood Furniture
  • Textured Pistol Grip
  • Ghost Ring Ironsight
  • Carry handle for cosmetic look ONLY
  • Extended Charging Handle
  • Trumpet flash hider
  • Quick removable barrel
Rail System Icon
Rail System
None
Icon Stock Positions
Stock Setting
Fixed
Weapon Length Extended
Stock Positions
1 Position
Sight Type Icon
Sight Type
Iron Sights , Aperture Iron Sight,
Sling Plate Icon
Sling Options
Stock , Gas tube,

Barrel

Outer Barrel Length (in)
22''
Icon Thread Type
Outer Barrel Thread Type
Male
Inner Barrel Length
6.02mm

Magazine Specific

Magazine Type
High Capacity, Flash Magazine , AEG,
Magazine BB Capacity
Approx. 700 Rounds
Magazine BB Fill Method
Fill Window
Magazine BB Fill Location
Bottom

Electric Gun Specific Information

Gearbox
Wiring Icon
Gearbox Wiring
Rear Wired
Spring Change Icon
Gearbox Quick Change Spring
No
Digital Trigger Icon
Gearbox Electronic Trigger
No
Split Gearbox Icon
Split Gearbox Design
No
Motor
Airsoft Motor Icon
Motor Type
Standard
Battery Specific
Battery Connector
Patrol Base | Icon | Mini Tamiya
Mini Tamiya
Compatible Battery
Compatible Battery Type
Li-Po
Compatible Battery Configuration
Block
Compatible Battery Voltage
7.4v

Product Testing Data

Notepad Icon
Test Description
320FPS, ~10%
Notepad Icon
Tested Using
0.2g ASG BLASTER
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Test Date
05/12/2023

Size guide

Joule Charts

Special Instructions

These table can be used as a reference to see if the BB weight you are using will be over acceptable Joulage limits at some Airsoft Sites in the UK. To check if the weight can be used chrono your weapon using the BB you intend to use, and then compare it to the chart.

FPS, Power and Joule Limits can vary from site to site, so please get in touch with where you're going to play with in advance to avoid disappointment.

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, with a 350fps limit for Automatic Replicas, 400fps for Semi-Automatic Replicas, and 500fps for Bolt Action Replicas.

Tap the tabs below to open the relevant chart for your replica.

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, and is the equivalent of 350fps, using 0.20g BB resulting in an upper limit of 1.14j.

Velocity BB Weight (Grams)
FPS 0.20 0.25 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.36 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.50
250 0.58 0.73 0.81 0.87 0.93 1.05 1.16 1.25 1.31 1.45
260 0.63 0.79 0.88 0.94 1.00 1.13 1.26 1.35 1.41 1.57
270 0.68 0.85 0.95 1.02 1.08 1.22 1.35 1.46 1.52 1.69
280 0.73 0.91 1.02 1.09 1.17 1.31 1.46 1.57 1.64 1.82
290 0.78 0.98 1.09 1.17 1.25 1.41 1.56 1.68 1.76 1.95
300 0.84 1.05 1.17 1.25 1.34 1.51 1.67 1.80 1.88 2.09
310 0.89 1.12 1.25 1.34 1.43 1.61 1.79 1.92 2.01 2.23
320 0.95 1.19 1.33 1.43 1.52 1.71 1.90 2.05 2.14 2.38
325 0.98 1.23 1.37 1.47 1.57 1.77 1.96 2.11 2.21 2.45
328 1.00 1.25 1.40 1.50 1.60 1.80 2.00 2.15 2.25 2.50
330 1.01 1.26 1.42 1.52 1.62 1.82 2.02 2.18 2.28 2.53
335 1.04 1.30 1.46 1.56 1.67 1.88 2.09 2.24 2.35 2.61
340 1.07 1.34 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.93 2.15 2.31 2.42 2.68
345 1.11 1.38 1.55 1.66 1.77 1.99 2.21 2.38 2.49 2.76
350 1.14 1.42 1.59 1.71 1.82 2.05 2.28 2.45 2.56 2.85
355 1.17 1.46 1.64 1.76 1.87 2.11 2.34 2.52 2.63 2.93
360 1.20 1.51 1.69 1.81 1.93 2.17 2.41 2.59 2.71 3.01

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used at Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, and is the equivalent of 400fps, using 0.20g BB resulting in an upper limit of 1.49j.

Velocity BB Weight (Grams)
FPS 0.20 0.25 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.36 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.50
250 0.58 0.73 0.81 0.87 0.93 1.05 1.16 1.25 1.31 1.45
260 0.63 0.79 0.88 0.94 1.00 1.13 1.26 1.35 1.41 1.57
270 0.68 0.85 0.95 1.02 1.08 1.22 1.35 1.46 1.52 1.69
280 0.73 0.91 1.02 1.09 1.17 1.31 1.46 1.57 1.64 1.82
290 0.78 0.98 1.09 1.17 1.25 1.41 1.56 1.68 1.76 1.95
300 0.84 1.05 1.17 1.25 1.34 1.51 1.67 1.80 1.88 2.09
310 0.89 1.12 1.25 1.34 1.43 1.61 1.79 1.92 2.01 2.23
320 0.95 1.19 1.33 1.43 1.52 1.71 1.90 2.05 2.14 2.38
330 1.01 1.26 1.42 1.52 1.62 1.82 2.02 2.18 2.28 2.53
340 1.07 1.34 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.93 2.15 2.31 2.42 2.68
350 1.14 1.42 1.59 1.71 1.82 2.05 2.28 2.45 2.56 2.85
360 1.20 1.51 1.69 1.81 1.93 2.17 2.41 2.59 2.71 3.01
370 1.27 1.59 1.78 1.91 2.03 2.29 2.54 2.73 2.86 3.18
380 1.34 1.68 1.88 2.01 2.15 2.41 2.68 2.88 3.02 3.35
390 1.41 1.77 1.98 2.12 2.26 2.54 2.83 3.04 3.18 3.53
400 1.49 1.86 2.08 2.23 2.38 2.68 2.97 3.20 3.34 3.72
410 1.56 1.95 2.19 2.34 2.50 2.81 3.12 3.36 3.51 3.90

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used at Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, and is the equivalent of 500fps, using 0.20g BB resulting in an upper limit of 2.32j.

Velocity BB Weight (Grams)
FPS 0.20 0.25 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.36 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.50
250 0.58 0.73 0.81 0.87 0.93 1.05 1.16 1.25 1.31 1.45
260 0.63 0.79 0.88 0.94 1.00 1.13 1.26 1.35 1.41 1.57
270 0.68 0.85 0.95 1.02 1.08 1.22 1.35 1.46 1.52 1.69
280 0.73 0.91 1.02 1.09 1.17 1.31 1.46 1.57 1.64 1.82
290 0.78 0.98 1.09 1.17 1.25 1.41 1.56 1.68 1.76 1.95
300 0.84 1.05 1.17 1.25 1.34 1.51 1.67 1.80 1.88 2.09
310 0.89 1.12 1.25 1.34 1.43 1.61 1.79 1.92 2.01 2.23
320 0.95 1.19 1.33 1.43 1.52 1.71 1.90 2.05 2.14 2.38
330 1.01 1.26 1.42 1.52 1.62 1.82 2.02 2.18 2.28 2.53
340 1.07 1.34 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.93 2.15 2.31 2.42 2.68
350 1.14 1.42 1.59 1.71 1.82 2.05 2.28 2.45 2.56 2.85
360 1.20 1.51 1.69 1.81 1.93 2.17 2.41 2.59 2.71 3.01
370 1.27 1.59 1.78 1.91 2.03 2.29 2.54 2.73 2.86 3.18
380 1.34 1.68 1.88 2.01 2.15 2.41 2.68 2.88 3.02 3.35
390 1.41 1.77 1.98 2.12 2.26 2.54 2.83 3.04 3.18 3.53
400 1.49 1.86 2.08 2.23 2.38 2.68 2.97 3.20 3.34 3.72
410 1.56 1.95 2.19 2.34 2.50 2.81 3.12 3.36 3.51 3.90
420 1.64 2.05 2.29 2.46 2.62 2.95 3.28 3.52 3.69 4.10
430 1.72 2.15 2.40 2.58 2.75 3.09 3.44 3.69 3.86 4.29
440 1.80 2.25 2.52 2.70 2.88 3.24 3.60 3.87 4.05 4.50
450 1.88 2.35 2.63 2.82 3.01 3.39 3.76 4.04 4.23 4.70
460 1.97 2.46 2.75 2.95 3.15 3.54 3.93 4.23 4.42 4.91
470 2.05 2.57 2.87 3.08 3.28 3.69 4.10 4.41 4.62 5.13
480 2.14 2.68 3.00 3.21 3.42 3.85 4.28 4.60 4.82 5.35
490 2.23 2.79 3.12 3.35 3.57 4.02 4.46 4.80 5.02 5.58
500 2.32 2.90 3.25 3.48 3.72 4.18 4.65 4.99 5.23 5.81
510 2.42 3.02 3.38 3.62 3.87 4.35 4.83 5.20 5.44 6.04