Good morning, folks!
I just thought I'd share my latest freebie acquisition. A gift from a collector friend.
This is what I believe to be a blank fire only, smooth bore Japanese training rifle. According to wikipedia:
It seems longer than what I'm used to... for a Type 99... it's similar in length to my Type 38... so it may be a "Type 99 Long"...The Japanese government required all junior and senior high school boys to have at least two hours a week of military training. Several companies started producing the necessary training rifles for this purpose.
The rifle is missing it's magazine spring and follower and it may be missing a cleaning rod (if it ever had a cleaning rod in the first place...). Otherwise, the rifle is all there and all matching (#509). Unfortunately there is about a square inch of dry rot on the stock near the metal butt plate... this poor thing must have sat in a damp basement for a while... . No use messing with it too much.
When I get a free moment, I'll give this rifle some TLC with gun oil and super fine steel wool. I'll keep you guys updated...
Thanks for taking a look!