Ordered "Military Rifles of Japan" a coupla' nights ago. Not here yet. Have read what there is on the Banzai sticky about Type 38 rifles. And searched for old threads on this model rifle and didn't turn up much. Also searched the internet for articles and again just basic stuff. Understand the series, arsenal markings, serial numbers and assembly numbering things, but have a few other questions.
Not a rookie firearms collector but am with Japanese small arms cept' the 44 carbine. Have that down thanks to men here and info on the net and Banzai.
Of the very few Type 38 rifles I found for sale or offered at auction on the Inet, most are understandingly beat, dark wood and or messed with. Is a nice not necessarily matching, original Type 38 long rifle scarce? As in good bluing, dinged a bit solid wood with original finish, and nice bore. Also cleanin' rod.