I have a variety of standard Type 99 short rifles from various manufacturers and different stages in the war, an early Type 99 long rifle, a Type 38 long rifle, a Type 38 carbine and I recently added a Type 30 rifle, but a Type 44 carbine has been on my list for a long time. Finally, a few weeks ago this one popped up at an auction in a condition I liked and a cost I could bear. As a conversion, it does not have the customary Type 44 (四四式) marking. However, I'm really very pleased to have one of these rarer Type 44s converted from a Type 38 (三八式) rifle.
The craftsmanship on these is first rate. So much complex inletting in the wood work with very tight fitting. The third variation bayonet assembly (longest and most rigid of the three variants, barrel is free floated within the "shroud") and the buttplate trap-door mechanism are very well executed. Of all of the integrated-folding-bayonet carbines in my collection, Mosin M44 lineage, SKS-45 and variants, Czech Vz52 and Vz52/57, Rasheed, the Type 44 is of course the first chronologically in year of design and the easiest to operate with the nice large and smooth button with a very secure feel when deployed or retracted. The ones with barrel rings like the Mosin M44 lineage and SKSs are certainly very secure when deployed, but not as easy to operate. The Vz52 is nearly as easy to operate as this Type 44, but doesn't feel as secure.PICTURES