I don't believe your finish is original. Most/many Type Is have either no finish or a very light, dry stain finish; I don't think the Japanese put anything on the stocks when received, one just sees too many that have what looks like "no finish". But after 65 years, ??I recently acquired a Type I in pretty nice condition. My issue with it is the finish. While it does not appear to have been refinished, as in sanded, it does appear to have been coated with a type of varnish. It is shiny and in spots was applied heavily enough that it "ran". The barrel channel and receiver channel both appear to be free of any finish at all including linseed oil. Is there any possibility that this finish was applied by the Japanese and is original to the rifle or is this a "bubba" finish that I should remove? For your records, it is B1962 has a bright shiny bore, approximately 90-95% bluing and is complete with cleaning rod. I prefer keeping my rifles in "original" condition and if this finish is not original, I'd like to remove it.
I understand these rifles came with no finish from Italy and what finish they have (if any) was applied by the Japanese. Only finish I can confirm is Linseed Oil from multiple sites.
Well it is a JAPANESE used rifle, and if you had been reading the trader here, you could have had one for $200 or less.I'd like to add another type "I" to the list. It is C3187 as far as I can tell. The serial # is on the left side of the barrel, while the bottom is marked "FAT". I searched the receiver with a magnifier, and could not find a single stamp on it, anywhere. The base of the bolt handle has a "45" in a diamond, while the cocking piece has what looks like a cursive "L" with a loop on one side of it, and marks I can't identify on the other, and there seems to be a "U" on the front of the safety. I have to say I was happy to finally find a truly shootable Jap rifle in 6.5mm for $300!