I've done some searching and have not been able to find an exact match for what I saw yesterday, so here goes. Sorry if I've overlooked the answer to this, but would appreciate any thoughts on the matter.
Yesterday, I was at one of my favorite honey holes and spotted a Vz.24 hanging in the dimly lit storage room at the back of the building. Having known the owner for some 25 years, I asked I could go back there and check it out. He obliged and I found this rifle with the typical three line crest and simple "Vz.24" mark on the left side of the receiver. I also noticed that it had a circular cartouche on the right side of the butt, containing what appeared to be some Chinese characters (possibly Japanese, but I have a little exposure to kanji, so I'm leaning towards Chinese). Now, I know that there were some "contract" rifles sent to China and have read about some of the Japanese contract rifles ending up there, as well. This one did not have a P prefix (or any prefix, for that matter) and would be earlier production than most other examples I've seen. It did not have any Czech acceptance stamps that I could see. I'm assuming that it would be mid/late '20s production, but maybe you gentlemen can confirm/deny that. The serial number (no prefix, as stated) was four or five numerical digits, followed by "C2". Condition of the rifle was probably "fair". Counterbored and a fair amount of crud in the bore, so hard to say what's underneath it all. Stock and metal were typical surplus Vz.24 condition; plenty beat up, but not cracked or any huge holes, and probably 20% blue left, if that. I'm fairly certain it was an 8mm and the owner was clueless as to what it was, or what it may be worth. From our discussion, I'm thinking I could get this for under $200, easily, if not $150. Not like I NEED a Chinese Vz., but it would be an interesting addition to the collection, especially if the price is right. I did not think to check for import marks and, IIRC, the bolt was a mismatch, if not a total mismatch (like I said, it was dark and I didn't get as good of a look as I should have).
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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