Picked up this nice little T-38 Carbine that has all matching numbers, (except the dust cover), and complete with it's cleaning rod at a small military show yesterday. The bore is about mint, and except for a little rough area bluing loss on the left side of the receiver it probably has about 98% bluing remaining. It's a nice little 5th series Nagoya Carbine made 1941-2, probably came out of the wood work as it is, and it has just the right condition I like them to be in, used but not abused. The sling is not an original Japanese sling.
The bluing loss on the dust cover looks typical of what the bluing finish would look like if it was exposed to a caustic fluid such as blood and not cleaned off right away. Now I am not saying it is, and I did not buy it because of that, so I don't want those couple of folks who think folks who have blood damaged/rust items in their collections are ghouls as they insinuated in the earlier blood rust thread on here. Blood evidence or the result of it, is a touch of reality and exactly what these weapons are supposed to cause and I don't know how there can be one thing and not the other? Ray