Beautiful Rifle! The ground mum is part of its history..... Nice have some rifles untouched but ground is ok too! Love that shipping crate..... I would almost rather a crate then “papers”
The crate and papers are a terrific addition to the rifle.
I'd love to see more of the papers and the booklet. The comparison between the Japanese soldier and the American is particularly interesting.
Even the cartoons are a pretty neat snapshot of how things were going. The DI with the Dutch girl tells us how the war in Europe has progressed.
Thanks MaxwllBkr and Larry!
Yeah, this is my first "crate gun" and I'm tickled. There's no doubt of it's provenance since it sold among others from Col. Buie's collection with an addressed crate long enough for the long rifle.
In Don Voight's book on the Type 99, he includes the numbers from the documentation from MacArthur's demobilization and governance force, of which Col. Buie was a member, which shows 2,468,665 rifles and carbines "captured and surrendered", 1,242,519 "destroyed" and 1,226,146 "disposed of: trophy, museum, technical use". With most of the rifles on the main Japanese islands having received the defacing, it's no wonder there are so many defaced mums out there. Most of the intact mum guns likely came from captures along the way in the islands and SE Asia.
I thought the period documents and newspaper were fascinating too. Definitely will be flattening and keeping the ones that are relatively intact and the rest will remain in the crate.