P serial# prefix VZ.24
I picked up a P VZ.24 rifle this afternoon from a local shop. It is in pretty good shape for a VZ.24, unfortunately there is rust int he bore and on the buttplate from neglect and some dings/scratches on the wood and fittings from rough handling with tools. Hard to really knock it though, most VZ.24's are pretty beat up or redone by the Soviets. Also, it appears to be original matching minus the front sight protector and the cleaning rod, which are missing.
I assume this was most likely one of the ones acquired by the IJN rather than one used in China or Europe, both places where hard use would be difficult for a rifle like this to avoid. Unfortunately the rifle doesn't, to my eye anyway, have any identifying features as to its history other than the good condition it is in.
I am currently conducting two surveys. One is of Arisakas used by Finland and by European WW1 powers, and the other survey is of m/28-30's built off of other models (which includes updated m/28's). If you have a rifle that would be appropriate for either survey, I would greatly appreciate it if you would PM,or e-mail about your rifle so that I may add it's relevant data to the survey.