Getting M1 Thumb From This JP Type5 Garand Would Be A Honor

“M1 Thumb” is in reference to yesterday’s post – HERE

Extremely rare Japanese Type 5 Garand. This is an extremely rare Japanese made copy of a U.S. Garand. It is estimated that only around 100 or so of these guns were built. The Japanese originally tried converting U.S. Garand to 7.7 Japanese caliber but had trouble with the American magazine design with the 7.7 round. They decided to try to build a copy of the Garand from scratch. These guns were made of the Yokosuka Arsenal as experimental guns, but these experimentals were forced into service due to the shortages towards the end of the war. This gun is chambered in 7.7 and has a 10 round captive magazine. The action works perfectly and the bore has strong rifling, but has darkness in the grooves. 90% plus finish remains on the metal and the wood shows minimal use. The magazine well cover is a perfect replacement. Very hard to find gun with only a handful known. Here is an opportunity to own one of the legendary rarities of WWII! Price – $29,500.00

Lots more pictures at the collectors site – HERE

Hat Tip: Jon V

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Muhr March 18, 2011 at 01:32 am

It looks like one of my Garands made sweet love to one of my 91/30’s in my safe.

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cc19 March 18, 2011 at 01:15 pm

Pretty cool. It’s always neat to see the oddities in small arms from that era.

My favorite is still the FG42 early model, just on coolness factor. I saw a classified for one (late model) not too long ago on subguns – they were asking for close to $100k).

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Miso Beno March 18, 2011 at 02:14 pm

Registered full auto guns always cost more than what they would if they were semi-auto. Add some little German eagles, extremely limited market availability, and a hugely inelastic market and you have a recipie for some pretty ridiculous prices.

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