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Japanese Type 44 Carbines

The average height of a Japanese soldier in WWII was 5' 3".  This is compared to an average of 5' 8" for US Marines during the war.  With this in mind, it is not surprising that the Japanese Army employed several carbine and short rifle variations.  Of these, the Type 44 stands out due to its folding bayonet and related butt stock housed cleaning rod.  Like most Japanese small arms, the Type 44 suffered from a design flaw which led to three variations.

Type 44 Carbine, Early, 1st Variation

The front band, front sight, stacking hook, bayonet mount on the Type 44 were all a single piece.  As a result, use of the bayonet or stacking hook loosened the band and caused the front sight to wobble.  The early variation Type 44 has both front band screws within a cm of each other.

This first piece is an example of an early, 1st variation Type 44 in battle damaged condition (shrapnel in stock, one front sight leaf broken), all matching.

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Type 44 Carbine, 2nd Variation

To address the loosening of the front band, the second variation Type 44 has a longer overlap of the stock and front band, with a two cm space between the front band screws.  This helped, but was not enough to mitigate the problem.

This second piece is an example of a 2nd variation Type 44 in very good original condition, all matching.

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Type 44 Carbine, Late, 3rd Variation

The final attempt to address the loosening of the front band, the third variation Type 44 has a slightly modified front band, with a three cm space between the front band screws.

This third piece is an example of a 3rd variation Type 44 in very good original condition, all matching.

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