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Old September 16, 2012, 08:43 AM   #11
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They are still fun to collect. When I started, people would literally give them to you. You can still buy the common models at a reasonable price and half the parts have no numbers. It makes it easier to replace parts. For a shooter, look around for a rifle that was cut down to a "Camp gun". They are not as common as they used to be because the dealers are grabbing them up for parts, but there are still quite a few around. Japanese rifle collecting is starting to take off. If you want one look now. Last year I had a couple auctions and was surprised at what some of the stuff went for. I had a type 30 that was burned on one side and it went pretty high. Some of the 99's with schrapnel damage went pretty high too. Study some of the pictures on the net. I bought a lot of type "I" rifles cheap because the owners did not know what they were.
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