Buying these Guns
How can you tell if the gun you are looking at has been refinished or faked in some way? This section has tips—some general to buying any old gun, and some specific to these ones.
Here are a couple of general tips on spotting refinished (reblued) guns.
(a) If the gun has a really nice blue job but pitting in various places, itfs been reblued (be sure to look under the grip panels; these areas are often neglected when the gun is buffed in preparation for the reblueing).
(b) If the barrel is not immaculate but the overall finish it, it has been reblued (how could a gun get a heavily pitted barrel and not even show normal holster wear?)
(c) Look carefully at the markings, especially the little inspection markings. If the edges are too smooth, this can be a sign of the buffing that often precedes rebluing.
Here are some specific tips:
Japanese NEVER, EVER put a mum on ANY of their military handguns (a
chrysanthemum is the crest of the Imperial Family and was commonly marked on
the receiver of Japanese military rifles;
collectors call it a gmumh). If a handgun has a mum on it, itfs a fake. Itfs
that simple (see
(b) Finding the serial numbers on a Type 14 to see if they all match: (photos to come showing how you can find most of the serial numbers without taking the gun apart, which might distress the current owner, especially if he doesnft know how to strip one or get it back together!).
Pulling back the bolt allows you to see the serial numbers (usually just the last three digits) on the bolt and cocking piece as you can see here.
the production figures (available on the Banzai website) before accepting
claims about how rare a particular model is. I have had people try to tell me
the large trigger guard Type 14 (so-called gKiska modelh) is rare, when they
are far from it. In fact, there were lots that reached the
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