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Posted: 9/26/2002 8:24:06 AM EDT
last week i did some trading and ended up with
a japanese model 38 rifle. this one was converted by the chinese sometime in the 1950s
to accept 7.62x39. from the research i did this
rifle was made at the kokura factory and is
a series 22. the rifle has the dust cover but
no other extras.(cleaning rod, sling,etc.).
the furniture was refinished by the chinese
and still has the original chinese finish.
the bore is dark with a small amount of pitting.
the lands are shiny after cleaning. i shot 20rds
out of it yesterday and it held decent groups
at 50 yards. nothing to brag about but still
pretty ok. the bottom line, whats this rifle
worth? i have been told they are not very rare
but it is a uncommon find. any help or any
more info about these would be greatly appreciated. i basically posted this same
thing on gunboards but no real good respone.
thanks in advance.

oh, before i forget the mum was partially
removed but still visible. 129 was stampted
on top.
Link Posted: 9/26/2002 9:18:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2002 9:19:02 AM EDT by noah]
Link Posted: 9/26/2002 5:32:13 PM EDT
JJ- Are you certian it's a Type 38? The '38 is in 6.5MM, where the later type 99 is in 7.7MM, and more readily converted to 7.62X39mm..

If you could post the Kanji on the reciever ring,I could help some.. I have a 1927 '38 Shiki, and am looking for postwar use info on Japanese rifles/firearms..

Meplat-
Link Posted: 9/26/2002 6:59:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2002 7:02:11 PM EDT by jj]
sorry i can't post a pic. for some reason my
computer locks up and won't restart if i plug
anything to my serial port.(yes i do it with
the computer off) the top of the rifle matches
the third photo down.(type 38) the chinese
letters are the same.
www.cruffler.com/trivia-September00.html
edited to add that i inspected each fired case
and they looked fine.
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