6/6/18 - This is a very early example of the Japanese Type 97 sniper rifle, made at the Kokura factory. It retains about 95% of its original bluing with mostly intact mum that only has a slight mark across it. Most of the wear is present on the high points and on the floorplate/trigger guard assembly, with thinning on the buttplate as well. No pitting. All numbers match including the stock. Excellent bore and wood without defects, other than the normal field wear (usual nicks and scratches). Sharp proofmarks on metal and wood and on top of the buttplate. The rifle is complete with an original mismatched scope with a rare early leather scope can. The optics are in great condition as well.