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A bit off topic

But still WWII and Japan related.

My older brother gave me our father's Arisaka model 99 rifle last month, since he (my brother) hadn't used it to hunt deer since the late 1960s. It was a spoil my father brought back from the South Pacific in 1945, as did many returning sailors.

This one has the Emperor's chrysanthemum intact, although upon close inspection, it does have a lightly machined X through it. Note that most were ground off, either by Japanese solders prior to capture, or by post-war agreement to allow the Japanese to save a degree of face. It also has the overly optimistic anti-aircraft sights unmolested. The serial number on the bolt matches the rifle, which I'm told is also unusual for a captured weapon.

I took it out a few weeks ago and put five rounds down range. Highly accurate at 100 yards, my friend (who also has an Airsaka from his grandfather) and I commented on how many of our men were taken by these well-crafted weapons. Too many, was the answer.

"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be. 'Cause now I'm an amputee" J. Lennon

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