Glass Type 99 LMG

Type 99 LMG

For the ultimate in WWII firearms art, consider the all glass Type 99 LMG from Mickelsen Studios. This work of art is made of borosilicate glass using a process called lampworking. Borosilicate glass tends to be a harder glass that other forms that are used in lampworking.

This work is 51″ long (about 1.3 meters) and appears to be a fairly close replica of the original WWII machine gun.

Type 99 LMG

During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army used the 7.7x58mm Arisaka as a light machine gun. The glass version from Mickelsen Studios features a forward bipod and an attached bayonet. The buttstock monopod seen on some Type 99 LMGs is not replicated.

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  • Nicholas Chen

    It’s glorious.

  • That. is. just. amazing! Do they make replicas of that? For sale? I know some collectors that would love to own that!

  • Mystick

    That is absolutely beautiful… I bet it cost a fortune!

  • mosinman

    if this was put into a large fish tank full of water it could be nearly invisible!!!
    ghost gun confirmed!

  • Cattoo

    Clearly a work of art of high caliber.

  • noob

    “He [Pyle] was a glass rifle that would burst with a single shot.”-Gustav Hasford, “Full Metal Jacket”

  • Michael Bergeron

    As a lampwork glassblower I can appreciate the effort that went into this and why the more difficult to use borosilicate was used. If you were to make this from a softer glass it would collapse under its own weight. Also it appears that some of the material that went into its construction is laboratory glass which is how all of the long straight tubes came to be, but that does not make it easy, heat management on this had to be a pain and I would not be surprised if there are multiple pieces that were more than 50% complete before spontaneously breaking.