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    Type 99 TJK 37th series

    I recently picked up a TJK 37 series rifle missing the monopod, cleaning rod, and bolt cover. The owner’s family looking for the rod. I really know very little about 99’s. All parts match it appears from what I’ve read. It’s in 17k range and one source says it may not have a bolt cover (would it be serial numbered) but others say to 21k. Would 17k have a monopod, it has the band for one and the forearm has some minor dents on each side which to me indicates it may have had one (sn?). I assume it’s a long rod, and are 37 series serial numbered or do they have a specific proof if the family cannot find it. I would like to restore it as the stock has a little damage(battle?) but otherwise it’s all in tack, mum, etc and none of the screws look like they have been monkeyed with as all the stakes are in place. Any comments would be appreciated. Regards

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    Early TJK rifles in this SN range should have all the goodies with full length cleaning rod as I believe the transition took place in the early 20k range. These early rifle parts should have came from Kokura arsenal and will bear those proofs. If you start looking for parts, they will not be cheap and remember a Kokura monopod will have a sharper bend (on top when in stored position) than the other arsenals.

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    Thank you for the information. I will try to find a cleaning rod for sure if the cannot locate it but may consider a monopod but doubt I will look for a bolt cover unless I stumble into one. Are any of the parts mentioned serial numbered?

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    Cleaning rod and monopod are not numbered, the dust cover should be.

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    J-rod, thank you for the additional information

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    You’re welcome. Glad to help.

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    If the screws are still staked, then the odds are the finish is original also. As such, it would not need to be "restored," rather it should be "preserved" (ie, metal cleaned and oiled while in the stock and clean the stock with water). You really cannot recreate the original stock finish. Trying to repair the damaged stock and/or trying to refinish the stock would destroy the collector value since it sounds as if it is in original condition. Sounds like a great piece of history and congrats on finding it!

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    Type 99 TJK 37th series

    I agree with Singer. I have many Japaneseicon rifles and only a few have nice stocks. I have a few with bullet holes/frag damage on the stock and I won’t mess with it. It’s part of collecting milsurp rifles that have seen war….not some Mosin or Chinese SKS that sat in cosmo for 50 years.

    Series 7 Nagoya hit with frag.


    Type 38 carbine with bullet hole in the stock.
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    No as you mentioned, I don’t intend to do anything to the rifles finish. It was poor wording and frustration on my part after fighting with auto correct trying to use Japaneseicon words etc. the only restoration I was thinking about was adding a correct cleaning rod, and maybe a monopod and bolt cover. I like the original finish and character from what in my imagination could be battle damage verse just dropping the rifle in the closet over the years. It has a hole or small chunk missing in the cleaning rod channel about half way between the upper and lower band. Thank you for the comments!

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