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.
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.
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.
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.