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Just got my second T30 rifle, and it has the Delta (equilateral triangle) stamp on the top of the rear receiver bridge. It also has the characters for ni roku (26) stamped on the left side of the stock, and the same painted in red letters on the right side of the stock.
Allen, et. al., notes that “weapons captured in the field were often pressed into IJA service. The stamping of a triangle in a prominent position of a weapon indicates that it has been accepted for emergency service. Several Type 30 infantry rifles have been noted with a triangle stamped on the rear of the receiver bridge (2006:13).”
How does it come about that a standard weapon of the Japanese could be stamped as accepted for emergency use after being captured? And, what are the stamped and painted numerals all about?
Thanks, akb
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