The rifle and bayonet are currently at the woodworkers shop.
He is going to make up some grips for the bayonet using my other Type 30 bayonet as a reference.
For the rifle buttplate, he is going to pop off the rotted out original buttplate and then we will decide the best course of action. He said the original buttplate is shot, so it looks like we won't be repairing that.
I ordered two replacement buttplates...
One is authentic, off of a junked/ parted out last-ditch Type99 rifle.
The other is a reproduction that Steve Schaefer, a long time Banzai subscriber and respected Japanese collector made up. With this butt plate, you cut and sand it to size and then color match it with stain.
What has me concerned/ confused is the different nails. I have what is supposed to be an all authentic buttplate and authentic nail combo and a repro buttplate using nails that are supposed to be incredibly close to authentic...
The woodworker is doing his best to use the authentic buttplate. We eyeballed it and it should fit. I'm slightly worried about the authentic screws I purchased being too big... But I trust the woodworker to do a good job.
The woodworker says he took the sword out of the barn and will bring it in when the rifle is completed.
The rifle is still at the woodworkers getting the buttplate situation figured out. Evidently this time of the year is busy for them... who knew there was such a thing as Easter furniture? Hopefully I'll get it back by early next week... I am desperate to shoot it ASAP!
In the mean time, I am a stickler about completing my rifles. The problem with completing Arisakas is that often the accessories cost more than the rifles themselves. I wanted a sling for this rifle, but refused to pay $400 for a proper and authentic late war canvas or rubberized sling. Beyond that, these slings are often rock hard or so super fragile that they're impossible to attached and use.
Instead, I opted for a reproduction leather sling. I purchased one made out of vintage leather and I think it'll look great on my "last ditch" rifle.
The other option would have been a reproduction sling made out of new leather... I think this would be an eyesore on my salty warhorse.
Yep I think the rifle will look much more original with the sling you picked out Gizmo. Brand new repros stick out like a sore thumb. Man $400 for a genuine sling? Don't forget my friend paid $25 dollars for his Type 99 rifle back in the 70s. LOL.