Originally Posted by Nancy Kohlhafer
Can anyone give me information about this rifle? It is a WWII, type 1, 6.5 mm, in excellent condition. Original bayonet is attached in one photo. More photos available on request.
Nancy the second picture identified this rifle as Type"I " rifle because it has the Carcano bolt.This rifle was not made by Japan but by the Italian. In 1937 An agreement among Axis power for exchange of Industrial help .Japan ordered 60,000 rifle from Italian government.This rifle were made by the Regia Fabbric D' Armi( Terni) army ordnance Factory at Terni .The rifle featured characteristic of boht the Japanese type 38 infantry rifle and Italian model 91 Carcano rifle (the same family of rifle that got JFK ) .The rifle were delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy . I never see one sample in real life and only one person that I know of have one and he would not sell his.I don't know the value of this rifle but it must be very high because only 60,000 were made and only Japanese Navy used them ( I am not sure Japanese Navy and Japanese Marine were the same unit or not ) .If you can authenticated the original of this rifle like how it was captured by whom and what battle etc? it could bring up the premium value for this one .