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I put an absentee bid on this rifle at an auction in PA and a few days later I received a call saying I won it for the pricey sum of $210. I had to call to get some photos of the receiver markings and find out if it was matching. I had a feeling it was a 34th or 35th series based on the stock color, which I've been told is very distinctive for that arsenal. I took a bit of a gamble since the auction house didn't know how to disassemble the bolt, so all I had to go off is that the bolt handle did indeed match. Today I picked it up and was very pleased with what I received.


The stock is in perfect shape, with the inspector stamps clearly visible on the bottom of the stock. Hasn't been refinished either and has that dark Toyo Kogyo color I've read about. All of the parts that are numbered match, which includes the bolt handle, extractor, safety, and striker. No number on the bayonet lug. The Type 99 book seems to differ with what parts should be numbered on this series, so maybe there's something odd about it? Screws are unstaked, which is a slight disappointment, but oh well.


The mum has been defaced, but there's still a bit left to it. I prefer that to the whole thing being scrubbed away. Whoever did it didn't seem to enthusiastic about it with the minimal grinding, haha!


A little bonus was that I found someone has carved their initials on the wooden butt plate. I'm guessing it's the GI who brought it back, but who's to say for sure. It's a neat personal touch in any case.


Finally, I saw in the auction photos there was a dust cover on the rifle. I knew it wasn't correct for the series, so I assumed someone had just added a reproduction to it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was actually an original with a serial number and proof marks. Not sure if it's a late Type 38 or a Type 99. Any idea what arsenal it goes with?


Besides the long drive time to pick it up in PA I'm very happy with this rifle. Seems hard to find nice, original condition late war Type 99's around here in western NYS. Enjoy the photos!



















































 

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Exactly. Based on the looks I'm guessing it's a repro that someone added thinking it needed one. I'm kind of hoping when I pick it up that it's an actual Japanese produced one they bought and can sell it off, haha!
 

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Very nice rifle! I have a Series 35 TK as well, instantly my favorite maker/Series. Based on Don Voight's book, it shouldn't have the dust cover. It is a great looking rifle. I have 56550, unfortunately they messed with the finish, but it it is all matching at least.
 

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Yup,I knew the dust cover was wrong. Just glad it's a legit one at least. They don't make repros with serial numbers and whatnot on them do they? If you look at the photos it almost looks like you can see an outline where the dust cover was on the receiver. Part of me wonders if the vet added it. Who knows for sure.
 

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Anyone have an opinion on the dust cover? I was told it might actually be a reproduction after all, but I didn't think any companies put proofs and serial numbers on them. I have no reason to keep it so I may get rid of it and was just curious. If it is legit, I'm not sure if someone added it later or if the GI added it himself for some reason.
 

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"I have no reason to keep it".

You may not today, but coming from a registered, card-carrying pack rat, you might have use for it someday. This may not turn out to be the only Japanese rifle you acquire. They can be addictive. :>)
 

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Anyone have an opinion on the dust cover? I was told it might actually be a reproduction after all, but I didn't think any companies put proofs and serial numbers on them. I have no reason to keep it so I may get rid of it and was just curious. If it is legit, I'm not sure if someone added it later or if the GI added it himself for some reason.
It's an original dust cover and is made by T-K. I'm not sure at what point they dropped the cover in their production.
 
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