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A friend asked me to clean up her grandfather's rifle that she says he brought back from Iwo Jima. I know war stories and all, but I am inclined to bite on this one - mainly because she isn't selling it and doesn't really have any knowledge of firearms - it also looks like a bring back to me. It was missing a couple of small parts and looked like it had spent most of the last forty years in the back of a closet. That said, it cleaned up nice. For those interested, it's a 25th Series Kokura Type 99. I'm not sure I got the sling on correctly, and I didn't attempt to clean it. It's full of reddish dust.

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Looks like an early C tip carbine sling.... Nice full Mum.....
Anywhere on the web I might look for details on various Japanese slings? Not something I have thought much about before with old military rifles (mainly because this is the first one through my hands with what looks to be an intact sling from the time it was picked up).
 

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It is an M1 carbine sling and it is very common on Japanese rifles. Hey, GIs has a pile of them. I have several with carbine slings, it is not a big deal.

Japanese slings are expensive and usually not so pretty. A bring back with a carbine sling is not bad IMO, although I would prefer an original Japanese sling.
 

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It is an M1 carbine sling and it is very common on Japanese rifles. Hey, GIs has a pile of them. I have several with carbine slings, it is not a big deal.

Japanese slings are expensive and usually not so pretty. A bring back with a carbine sling is not bad IMO, although I would prefer an original Japanese sling.
Interesting. Yes, I just looked up some photos and that's exactly what it is. Thanks for the information, I probably wouldn't have figured that out for a while. On the bright side, now I don't need to worry about putting it on correctly :)
 

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A friend asked me to clean up her grandfather's rifle that she says he brought back from Iwo Jima. I know war stories and all, but I am inclined to bite on this one - mainly because she isn't selling it and doesn't really have any knowledge of firearms - it also looks like a bring back to me. It was missing a couple of small parts and looked like it had spent most of the last forty years in the back of a closet. That said, it cleaned up nice. For those interested, it's a 25th Series Kokura Type 99. I'm not sure I got the sling on correctly, and I didn't attempt to clean it. It's full of reddish dust.

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I wanted to post a better image of the MUM and it is a M1 Carbine Sling.
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Also the 25th started production in 1945. I don't think it could make it to Iwo on time.
That is what I thought the wood looks like it has been refinished.
I don't think the stock has been refinished. Unless of course me washing it with a dilution of Murphy's Oil Soap and using a little bit of orange oil counts... (which I recognize on a gun forum, may be like admitting I have murdered my children, but here we are).
 

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Also the 25th started production in 1945. I don't think it could make it to Iwo on time.
That's interesting. I was looking around for a start/stop timeline for the different series, and besides seeing that the 25th was the last, I couldn't find one. It might be one of those things where the family knew he was at Iwo Jima and knew that he brought back a rifle and put two and two together in a way that ultimately wasn't the accurate story.
 

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That's interesting. I was looking around for a start/stop timeline for the different series, and besides seeing that the 25th was the last, I couldn't find one. It might be one of those things where the family knew he was at Iwo Jima and knew that he brought back a rifle and put two and two together in a way that ultimately wasn't the accurate story.
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