Thanks I've taken a bunch of pics, and I'll try and get them up this weekend. In a closer reading of the material I've been consulting, you are very right -- Type 38s ceased official production in 1940. All it took to confuse me was to screw-up the serial number
Other than that, and knowing if it is an early, mid, or late war Arisaka, and knowing what an untouched matching example looks and feels like, and what to look for, I am no help with the seemingly hundreds of variations and production runs or Arisakas.
I am mainly into pistols revolvers, but could not pass on my 2 rifles. Especially for the prices. They are untouched, excellent cond. mid, and late war. When I dig them out or the safe sometime, will post some pics.
Have you tried Banzai? there are good experts there that could help. Regards, Steve
Very, very nice! Its good that you have space to spead everything out and do it justice. Welcome!
thanks so much again Steve..I will get some more pictures of it up soon and take some shots of my other type 99s. The cosmoline i will leave alone as it is inside the barrel, chamber and on the back/aircraft sights and dust cover. but again i will get some better shots of it. I keep forgetting what series it is and will have to look again. Anyway my dad is arriving in tomorrow with my type 26 and I will get some photos of that and some of my other pistols. My favorite pistol is my French made P-15 which is very heavy for a 9mm. If i remember i will also get some shots of my Swiss luger. Last month my dad won two Lugers from David Martin auctions. One was a g date luger and the other was a k date one. I will try to get some shots up soon as i think we area headed to Gettysburg for a few days as well.
Any Polish items
Wait a minutte i almost forget i do have a small autograph photo and painting of the Polish pilot who shot down the first two German planes of WW2. if you look at the first photo at the lower right corner you can see the spurs and document books, and the second photo in the upper right you can see the framed picture which has small b&w photo and small color print in it which is of Wladek Gnys PZL 11.