Gunboards Forums banner
1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,763 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just picked this up from a buddy this weekend. I was down to 0 Japanese rifles again (seems like they always end up as trade fodder for German stuff...) so I wanted to pick up a nice Type 99 for a while. My buddy had this for a few weeks, and had it at a small show I was helping him at this weekend, and I decided to grab it. He didn't give it to me, and I didn't steal it, I paid him $400, but I thought it might be worth it...

Its a Toyo Kogyo 31st Series...all matching, but there is no number on the nosecap. Looking at it, it appears to me the screws have been out, the stakes seem intact....if I am correct I should not touch them, right? I usually like to carefully take down completely all my rifles to inspect and clean...but I would guess do not disturb an unmessed with staked rifle...

Anoither interesting point, I did a search for 31st series T-K's and saw a thread about the Hiro proof in front of the series mark instead of behind the arsenal mark...this is a 42k block which IIRC is pretty high to have this mark in this position.

Also, it did not have a dustcover, can I assume a 31st series should have one? If so, that is the only thing missing, as it has a cleaning rod too. It appears to be completely unmessed with, and the stock appears untouched too...

Did I overpay a little on this, or did I do OK? I do like the look of this one....now maybe I'll pick up a last ditch...and maybe a transitional..."slap, slap, slap" No, you don't need another collecting tangent!
 

Attachments

·
Silver Bullet member
Joined
·
15,653 Posts
Nice looking rifle, price about right, IMO.

On the Hiro in front of the serial, in the thread requesting data on this the following were reported:
3k serial yes
26k yes
31k no
54k no

your 42k serial indicates a period of partial use, at least up to your 42k.

Additional data from other examples would be nice.

Yes, it would have been produced with a dust cover.

My recent acquistion, 52060 has the hiro to the far right next to the ejector housing.
 

·
Silver Bullet member
Joined
·
15,653 Posts
I dont think TK numbered the bayonet lug at this point of production
Mike is correct, I don't think so either; but then I'd have to look at some rifles or check the "book".
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top