Special Note On Japanese Rifles

Standard Japanese Army rifles follow the general Mauser design which is the finest of the bolt action types. They are not however particularly accurate, and no provision is made in the sighting equipment for windage. They continue to use the dust cover over the bolt. Whre this device does unquestionably afford protection to the bolt in its closed position, it is doubtful whether the advantages thus gained are worth the disadvantages of the heavy sliding piece of metal on the top of the bolt. The amount of play and rattle as the weapon is carried is considerable. Certainly stealthy approach while carrying such a weapon is quite a good trick. Headspace adjustment on Jap rifles is notoriously poor. The bolt cover protects the face from flash-backs from the firing chamoer.

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