$115 out the door. Not many folks want one of these things.
It has no Chrysanthemum ! The area where the Mum is usually engraved is smooth and
obviously not ground down as per usual - the radius is not disturbed.
If the Chrysanthemum was ground off and someone filled the ground portion back in and
refinished it - I cannot see that with a magnifying lens ! See for yourself.
It has the Japanese "Type 99" below the Gas Vent Hole on the receiver.
It has the following Serial Number
Series Two made at the Nagoya Arsenal - last symbol is the Department of Control
(Chief Inspector) of Nagoya Arsenal thanks to - 1886lebel
Here is my problem.
A friend insists that I should not shoot this rifle until I can PROVE that it is not a Training Rifle !
He has me worried as he said Frank de Haas said in his book "Bolt Action Rifles", that people
have been killed while firing off real rounds in training rifles.
It has rifling - but no Mum.
It is the 'no mum' business that has me concerned - yet some say they have M 99's without mums !
Were not all of the so called Training Rifles smooth bored ?
There are no strange Japanese symbols anywhere on the receiver or underneath
of it. It is definitely not a "Last Ditch" rifle as it is 70,848 of 100,000 in the second series.
The Japanese are extremely intelligent people and I seriously doubt that they would have
"Training Rifles" sitting around with no POSITIVE identification marks - for safety's sake at least !
Can anyone tell me how to definitely identify a Training Rifle to make my friend shut up ?
...and me to quit worrying. I don't want to flinch with every shot hoping I don't get killed.