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The Japanese Navy purchased 40,000 VZ24 rifles in 1938 (and also Type I rifles). The Japanese Army captured all three types in China: VZ24, K98k, and Standard Modell rifles. The main Chinese rifle, the Chiang Kai Shek, was a Standard Modell clone.They also purchased under contract Czech Model 24s (Vz24) and some German 98k (15,000?) rifles, although I have never seen one of the later with provenance. The Japanese issued a manual for three Mauser 98 variations the aforementioned two and a third that is labeled as the "Standard Model." Maybe these were captured Chinese rifles???? Can anyone comment on this last point???