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Howa IGK Type 38 by daisukekazama Howa IGK Type 38 by daisukekazama
You know you've been watching too much Ghost in the Shell when you start thinking 'screw realism - unnecessarily ergonomic is the way to go.' But after looking at those ugly but strangely awesome Seburo guns, well, I was sorely tempted to plagiarize design a few weapons in that distinctive neo-ergonomic style.

Anyway, this is the newest piece of junk in my sketchbook. May evolve into a formal vectored render (?), or it may go straight to scraps. You never know with a whimsical lazy ass such as yours truly at the wheel. Er, keyboard.

To get the technical schpiel over with, the Type 38's formal designation is the 'Howa IGK 38-Shiki 6mm Jidou Shoujuu (38式6mm自動小銃). No, not 'automatic girl (that's 'Jidou Shoujo'),' 'Assault Rifle.' If you haven't caught on already - the '38 is an assault rifle.

In the world of my fantasies, the Type 38 is the Japanese Ground National Defense Force (陸上国防隊)'s standard-issue infantry weapon. It's a collaborative venture between (existing) Japanese defense firm Howa Kogyo and (fictional) corporation Itsumibara Giken (稜海原技研, IGK). It fires 6mm high-velocity caseless armor piercing ammunition from an acute-angle-feed magazine via a 'swinging chamber block' (yeah, I don't know either) using electronic ignition. In other words, a ridiculously advanced, ridiculously powerful, and ridiculously unrealistic weapon.

If they ever develop combat androids and powered armor like every other guy and his mother seems to have in GitS and Appleseed, this would definitely be the weapon of choice for, er, officially nonexistent extralegal assassination units law enforcement teams and special forces types.

The front of the weapon mounts a visible/IR laser in the grip and a camera atop the barrel (inside that slitted shroud). There's a Picatinny rail in that ugly top thing somewhere - don't ask. Oh, and it has backup ironsights. It's designed mostly for integration with Bluetooth-equipped combat HUD systems directly interfacing with the camera. Optics for mounting onto the rail are available, though, as are aftermarket RAS kits.

Itsumibara Giken and ARIA me.
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:iconmirk217:
Mirk217 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:love: +
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sleek and advanced. Reminds me of something Masamune Shirow would design within his line of POSEIDON INC. firearms.
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Yup - the design philosophy was influenced quite a bit by Shirow's Seburo line of arms.
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought so. At some point, I was intending on designing in this same sort of direction, something akin to the POSEIDON RAISEN TYPE-0.

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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
A pretty devastating looking weapon.

Still planning on doing the design?
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe, I just need to motivate myself into doing it. :\
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JAt0m Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Not your little brother's assault rifle, eh?
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:iconjat0m:
JAt0m Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
r u a stalker ehm...from where do u know i got at least one
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I know where you live Hm? You have a brother?

Just a figure of speech, mate - means it's much more than an average rifle.
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JAt0m Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL im from germany i dont know that speech
know horst koehler?
he was our bundespresident and said a german speech in english
"we are all sitting in the same boat"
- all of us are concerned
thx for teaching me a speech in english


and yeah i luv to write Novels as answers^^
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:icondreadhaven:
DreadHaven Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Very nice :D
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Thanks, mate. Bit simplistic, but it works.
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Great-Escapade Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Just amazing! I would love one heee heee
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
As would I...
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Xarxemas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Nice design, but the clip placement is odd, however cool, considering the ejector is in the middle, ha. (not overly familiar with the inner workings of guns tho ^^)
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daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Oh, that's not the ejector... that's just a space to stick the sling mount. The gun has no ejector, just an exhaust... caseless weapon ;)
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Xarxemas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, lol, silly me :D
Caseless ftw.
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
But of course ;)
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Nice bullpup. You know, you could try the "over the stock" approach or the simple box magazine for the ammo. A detachable grenade launcher would be nice too.
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daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
I did design a detachable taser :O
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Uhh....huh.
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
There's a reason for it. This weapon - or, to be precise, a variant of it (Type 38S) - was designed for the FPSB Megamod. In that mod, this weapon is supposed to be used in environments where you don't want live ammo slicing through walls: submarines, command bunkers packed with sensitive electronics, military space stations. The underbarrel taser is for quietly assassinating enemies without risking damaging stuff (it has no effect if it hits something not connected to a human being).
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
But taser's non-lethal, isn't it?
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Not if you increase the voltage, it ain't. Pretty goddamn messy, and pretty goddamn lethal.
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Define messy.
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Fried organs.
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