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T44 Cavalry Carbine "First Variation"
T44 Cavalry Carbine "First Variation"

Caliber....................... 6 x 50mm Japanese
Rifling........................ 4 groove, right hand
Barrel Length............. 19 in. (483mm)
Overall Length............ 38 in. (965mm)
Weight...................... 8 lb. (3.63Kg)
Magazine capacity....... 5 rounds
Qty Mfg: ..................  9500

In 1911 the T38 Carbine was modified to include a permently  mounted folding bayonet for cavalry use. This rifle was named T44 it being the 44th year of Meiji rein. A change was made in the middle band to accommodate the triangle bayonet. The stock had a hole in the rear to accommodate a two piece cleaning rod. The hole was metal lined and there was a unique gate on the butt plate to take it in and out. Of all the Japanese rifles made these were the finest finished inside and out. The finish on wood and metal was good or better than commercial grade rifles.

This particular T44 first variation rifle in well used condition. This rifle was most likely carried by horse back mounted Japanese soldiers in China between WW1 and into WW2. There is very little rust on this rifle and the stock is not beat and banged up - just well used. The amazing part is the bore is still in very good condition a tribute to the Japanese soldiers that kept it clean -  No corrosion or pitting in the bore.

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Date(s): January 29, 2006. Album by riceone. Photos by riceone. 1 - 5 of 5 Total. 1022 Visits.
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This particular T44 first variation rifle in well used condition. This rifle was most likely carried by horse back mounted Japanese soldiers in China between WW1 and into WW2. There is very little rust on this rifle and the stock is not beat and banged up - just well used. The amazing part is the bore is still in very good condition a tribute to the Japanese soldiers that kept it clean -  No corrosion or pitting in the bore.

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The rifle was carried so long over the back of a soldier or soldiers till the wood is worn down to the metal and most of the serial number is gone also. Its just a very thin peice of wood left in that position.

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You can see here just how thin the wood is. As it wore the finish on the wood took on the sweat and dirt and stayed about the same color as the rest of the stock.

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The front sling loop is almost worn into. Notice how just the end of the finger groove is left with original finish still there. At the right edge of the picture the groove is gone. That worn swivel is worth a thousand words.

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Notice how the loop is bent and pulled out of shape. Also notice the wear on the wood where the bottom of the sling rubbed against the stock.  This old rifle has a lot of character. I got it with the intention of letting a friend have it but I don't think I can part with it.

 
   
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