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Auction Date: May 20, 2011

Lot 560: Japanese - Type 44

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A) Japanese Type 44 Bolt Action Carbine
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $2,000
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Serial #Japanese - Type 44 ManufacturerJapanese ModelType 44
TypeCarbine Gauge6.5 Mm Japanese Catalog Page111
Barrel19 Inch Round FinishBlue Grip
Stockhardwood ClassCurio & Relic Long Gun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionVery unusual or rare Mukden Arsenal type 44 Carbine. The serial number "600,025" indicates a very early production block carbine (number 25) with the first serial number without the series mark. It has the early short type 44 folding bayonet housing, with correct style handguards. However interesting aspect is we don’t have documentation to support that Mukden Arsenal ever produced this carbine. It has the shrouded inverted "V" and ladder rear sights, with a struck mum not ground and clear model marking on top of the receiver. Left receiver wall has the serial number and "Mukden Arsenal" marking. The bolt is numbered on the underside with a small series mark and "10" with the same mark on the firing pin, and extractor while the top of the bolt handle is numbered "025" and so is the cocking knob. Has a folding bayonet and smooth stock with upper handguard, side mounted sling swivels, and flat buttplate. This could be an early production sample of conversion from a Type 38.

ConditionExcellent. The carbine retains 95% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. There is some minor spotting and some scattered minor pitting. The sanded and re-oiled is fair with the grip area cracked, a couple long cracks (on handguard and near stock toe) and some minor handling marks. This could be a real sleeper.
B) Japanese Type 38 Bolt Action Carbine
Serial #B) Japanese Type 38 Bolt Action Carbine ManufacturerJapanese ModelType38
TypeCarbine Gauge6.5 Mm Japanese Catalog Page111
Barrel19 Inch Round FinishBlue Grip
Stockhardwood ClassCurio & Relic Long Gun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionBlade front and short-staff ladder rear sight. The chamber has a ground mum with the "38 Type" model marking remaining. Left receiver wall has the "Kokura Arsenal" marking and the serial number. Bolt and bayonet lug numbered "398", with no dust cover. Smooth stock with a flat buttplate and sling swivels mounted on the side.

ConditionExcellent. The carbine retains 97% original blue finish with some minor thinning. There is limited minor spotting with an area of minor pitting on the barrel near the muzzle. The wood is fine with some minor dings, pressure dents and scratches.
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