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I know you will. Still, it's one of my favorites. Gotta love the S/N and the LMG sling. I once had a T-99 sniper that was S/N 43 and my dad said that had to be the year of mfg. Nope, I wish I still had that!Yes, I learned a long time ago that when something comes up for sale that you really want/need, just buy it. I'd sure love to have that Izawa back again, so let me know when you get tired of it. I promise I'll treat it well!
Chip:Thank you Richard. Did you by any chance frequent any of the Springfield (MA) shows? Thought I may have run into you there at least once.
Dawgs, tell me that young, handsome, skinny guy aint your stand-in.Some great stuff on this thread. Dan's display is just jaw dropping and I always like seeing Otter's consecutive Babys (BTW, your ammo box is upside down )
Chip, do you own that rifle? I'd swap you back your 4th Izawa for it
It was around 1967 when my dad brought home a T-38 rifle that he bought from a coworker. He paid $20 for it and suggested that I refinish the stock, which did to my eternal regret. The up side to that rifle was that it had a Kokura T-97 sniper bolt in it that I later sold to Harry Derby for $250. Dad did a lot to finance my early collecting years and this photo shows what I had when I went off to the Navy in 1971
Of course most of that stuff is not what I could consider prime collector pieces today. Much was mismatched, etc. While I was in Nuclear Weapons School in Albuquerque, NM (Kirtland AFB) I bought a Nagoya T-99 long rifle for $35 and carried it across my back on my motorcycle trip home on leave after school finished. The weather was perfect until the morning I left and that little hotel on the continental divide is where I spent 3 days snowed in. After that I was able to finish my trip to Riverside, Commiefornia with pretty decent weather. At that time there was an inspection station at the AZ, NM border and they asked if I was taking that rifle to the Black Panthers! I think they were serious!
Back in those days the only reference I had was a reprint of Japanese Infantry Weapons. Then, in 1979, I was in Houston at Collector's Firearms and they had the 1st edition of MROJ. I bought the only copy they had and have been broke ever since and I blame Fred!
I'll bet our paths have indeed crossed in the past. The last Springfield Show I attended with Doss was back around 2005 or so. He'd rented a conference room at a local hotel and we had a post-show meeting there on Saturday night. Good times. Haven't been to a Springfield Show since we moved down here in 2010.From the first Big-E show back around 1990 until about ten years ago I never missed a single event. The militaria/gun show each year in May or June was a favorite of mine. I think we might have met at Doss' table which was of course the Japanese collector control center at every show he attended. Lots of good times and lots of good people back in the old days.
Very nice displays, man! Especially the IJA bicycle! Might I suggest displaying the blades edge up on the racks. The would help promote lack of moisture on the ha or kissaki!I like all the stuff actually used by the Japanese in the Pacific during the war. This narrows my focus to T-38s and T-99s, and excludes the T-30s and T-35s (although I would love to own a nice T-35) I just need to keep this addiction under control. I don't even collect the Jinsen T-99s because I don't think any of them made it out to the islands. I've been collecting this stuff since the late '60s and my present collection isn't that large but it consists of some very nice examples
I COLLECT BOOKS, AND THEN THE GUNS. Get all you can from the list of available titles and then really enjoy and learn.Hello,
As I'm learning about these rifles ( and looking to acquire some more in the future when I have more knowledge), I'm wondering what everyone else likes to collect? I seem drawn to type 38 full length rifles and type 14 pistols. I do want to get a nice type 99 representative for my World War 2 battle rifle collection. I can see that some arsenals are more rare than others since some made very many vs some that made very few. However, once I see "series" it seems to introduce a lot more nuance. Even within the type 38 I see the rear sight change 3 times. The more I learn, as in most collecting, the more variations I am interested in getting. Past the rarity then I see the variables in condition. So, what do you like to collect and why?
Get don voights book on the 99. it is 125 and available here under non firearms for sale. It is the 99 bible....I totally agree. I have 6 books on the Garand alone. I picked up an intro level book on Japanese Rifles of WW2 and was a nice intro, but led to a lot more questions. More books are in my future. My in laws tend to get me Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas and birthday so I always get new firearm books through their independent seller marketplace. More books always means more gun variations I want to collect!
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