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    Sharing a Type 38

    Since things have been pretty slow here, I thought I would share my recently acquired Type 38 rifle. A couple of questions I had were is it a Koishikawa or a Kokura arsenal rifle? I know they are one in the same but under which company name was this rifle built? It also has 3 interesting "notches"on the butt stock. I guess the question is who put them there and why? Of the 16 listed serial number locations, 14 of them match (non matching parts are the cocking piece and and magazine floor plate). The rifle shoots great with a very smooth action. Thanks!


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    That is a nice Type 38. Most of them seem to be pretty rough with dark bores. Yours has lots of bluing present and a decent stock. I would bet that it has a shiny bore based on the outside condition. The notches always make me scratch my head. Would a Japaneseicon soldier take a time out from combat to "keep score" like this? I really don't know. I know deer hunters sometimes do this---- Salt Flat.

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    The bore is pretty nice, excellent rifling and maybe a little bit of frosting. I've only cleaned the bore a couple of times and I'm finding it takes a multitude of cleanings to remove all the years of neglect in these milsurps.

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    It is a Koishikawa .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob q View Post
    It is a Koishikawa .
    Thanks! Would you know the approximate year of manufacture?


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