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I purchased this at the Greenville show. A guy walked up to my table, said he saw my Japanese gun and asked if I wanted another one. I said I woul;d like to see it. He went out to his car, came back in with it and said $ 200.00 with the bayonet, after a few minutes of looking at it, he said give me $ 150.00 if you want it. As I am paying him, he told me his father brought it back from the war in 1943.
He also said he had a letter from hid dads commanding officer allowing him to take it home. He is sending it to me !!!! The gun is in great shape, missing 2 screws, at the top of the butt plate, and one from the sling swivel. Mum is fully intact !!! Has dust cover, and the bayonet. I think its a Type 38.
 

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Just noticed something cool. Frank Allan's great Type 38 book shows serial number 901848 is known, making yours one of the very few known consecutively serial-numbered survivors.

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Neat that there's a consecutive serial number out there somewhere. Stock looks to be sanded and restained. Notice how the wood line does not match the metal line. These early Type 38 rifles were exceptionally well made and the wood would be flush with the metal.

John in Charlotte, NC
 

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Oops, forgot- I quit doing values- I'm always wrong.

What you paid is a good price.
 
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