'Tis the season, and the Christmas presents have begun to find their way into my collection! I will start with this little beauty here. Don't mind the cat hair.
My girlfriend bought this for me for Christmas. It's an entirely original and matching Japanese Type 38 Arisaka rifle. It was made by the Kokura Arsenal, I believe sometime in the late 30's. The rings stamped on top of the mum, as well as the extra character on the receiver and extra '0's and '1's that precede the serial number indicate that it was taken out of Imperial Japanese military service, and given to a school. The bore is bright, but the stock has a small crack in it.
It came with a seriously MINT bayonet. I don't know if Arisaka bayonets typically come in this condition, but the thing really is beautiful. It was made by 'Toyoda Jidoshoki Seisakusho' (Toyoda Automatic Loom Works).
I plan on acquiring all of the goodies that come with it, starting with a sling. If anyone dares to make my Christmas even better then please do not hesitate to send one!
My collecting goal has always been to acquire a rifle, helmet, field jacket/tunic, and flag from each of the five major powers during WWII. With this rifle, I now have 14 of the 25 items on the list. Onward...