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The following topics will be of interest to most collectors. Rather than having all of them as stickies, we have logged them here for quick reference. Board members can also do a regular search for topics such as "sword" or "Type 99" to get relevant threads.

Bayonet cross reference LB numbers to JB numbers
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=29027

Type 99 dust cover, list of usage by series by Navybuff
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=21888&highlight=dust+cover

De-cocking the Arisaka - Rob Rhodes
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=16759

How to remove a non standard stock finish, or not.(All)
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=40157

"Blowing up a Type 99"
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"8mm Nambu reloading"
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"Reloading for the Type 99"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=593/

"Timline of the Pacific War 1941 to 1945"
http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/pacificwar/timeline.htm

"Type 30 Bayonet Series Markings"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=4722

Research on number of Japanese War Trophies
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=441/

"Reloading for the Type 38"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=592/

"Fakes and other things"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=414/

"Type I, Type 38 and Type 99 accuracy"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=1630/

"Type 14 and Type 94 production chart"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=415/

"Type 99 scope adjustment"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?p=21527#post21527

"Type 99, Changing the front sight"
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=22155
 

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Iroha Poem and Kanji Characters for use in posts

Now, what SLimTim told us is prolly the easiest way. Except when these weapons were made, what SlimTim posted - called "gojūon (五十音)" was not in use. Instead, they used system call iroha (Japanese, 伊呂波, いろは) system. A Japanese poem most likely written sometime during the Heian era (AD 794–1179). Originally the poem was attributed to the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, Kukai, but more modern research has found the date of composition to be later in the Heian Period. Its used because it is a perfect pangram, containing each character of the Japanese syllabary exactly once. Because of this, it is also used as an ordering for the syllabary.
which goes like this:

イロハニホヘト チリヌルヲワカ ヨタレソツネナ ラムウゐノオク ヤマケフコエテ アサキユメミシ ゑヒ モセス

 
i ro ha ni ho he to  chi ri nu ru wo wa ka  yo ta re so tsu ne na ra  mu u wi no o ku ya ma ke fu ko e te  a sa ki yu me mi shi  we hi mo se su


BTW, original Poem went something like this:
色は匂へと 散りぬるを我か 世誰そ常な らむ有為の奥山 今日越えて 浅き夢見し 酔ひもせす

tranlate to something like this :

As flowers are brilliant but [inevitably] fall, who could remain constant in our world? [No one could] Today let us transcend the high mountain of transience, and there will be no more shallow dreaming, no more drunkenness

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Type 11 light MG, did it use "reduced charge" ammo or what?

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Even though this string is very old, I'll post my standard rebuttal of the T11 LMG "reduced" charge myth.
The reduced charge claim is erroneous. The change was in the composition of the powder to reduce flash which did not reduce the muzzle velocity of the projos. The War Department translation of the Japanese labeling of the low flash rounds misinterpreted the meaning of the labels. Further, reducing the charge contradicts the design parameters of the gun which is designed to function with a specific load. Reducing the charge reduces the overall reliability of the weapon, changes the efficiency of the gas regulator and would require recalibration of the sights. t
The weapons were designed to use the standard 6.5 rifle round allowing the squad to easily resupply with ammo from many sources. Keeping track of and supplying reduced charge ammo specifically to the T11 squad just doesn't make sense, even to the Japanese way of doing things.
Last, some years ago, an acquaintance of mine who had some vintage boxes of the alleged 'reduced' charge ammo tested the velocity of that ammo in a rifle and compared the chronograph results to standard vintage 6.5 ammo and it varied within the normal spread for any of the standard ammo.
The myth of the 'reduced' charge continues to be published even today in volumes on Japanese small arms and the T11.

Bob Naess


Thanks Bob!

Also regarding the "G" found on some boxes of 6.5mm ammo:

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Based on prior discussions, my understanding is that ‘G’ stands for ‘Glycerine’, indicating a new loading using double based nitro powder. Apparently, it had previously been incorrectly interpreted as "Genso" which translated to "reduced".

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Thanks T96 LMG
 
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