At the beginning of the war, the Type 99 was arguably the finest bolt action rifle in action. It boasted a chrome lined barrel (unique for that time) coupled to one of the strongest bolt action mechanisms found on a military firearm (based on post war U.S. Army testing). It had some very unique features (a dust cover over the bolt mechanism, a monopod for stabilization, and a flip sight with side wings to facilitate targeting of aircraft – optimism at its finest!).
As the war progressed, many of the features of the Type 99 were simplified or deleted all together resulting in “substitute Type 99” rifles, some of which appear very crude by the end of the war.
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