Ho-hum. Another old Jap. However:
A Type 99 or 38/99 with three kanji but no mum, ground off or otherwise. Smooth bore. A school-boy trainer, never meant to fire live rounds except perhaps as an overly complicated seppuku tool. It came my way for $40 at an auction two weeks ago, and since it isn't a "gun" I feel free to loophole it out at the local show next weekend. Maybe an even-up swap for a SW 25? Naah, probably not that much.
Switching to mature Americans:
Boooooring. Old Winchester 1897 12-gauge tubes. But wait!
The little word on the right, just forward of the 20-incher's extension -- "cyl" -- spells factory original r-i-o-t. Numrich would sell me one for about $275 if they had one. The other barrel, 26-inch full, would be upwards of $150, again if Mr. Numrich had one.
The Winchester tubes came at five bucks each, so if you are keeping track, I'm ten dollars shy of the $60 mentioned above. That's accounted for by:
--A take-off Remington 700 barrel in .222 Remington, with sights, grading somewhere between "damned good" and "near mint." I'll put it out, but finding a reasonably priced 700 short action would be more pleasing than a sale. That was an excellent round, and I forgive it for grand-siring the .223 McNamara-Stalemate.
--The world's ugliest Mossberg .22 barreled action which I'll price at three or four times cost and probably sell. If you have ever been on the vendor side of the table, you may have been asked, "Gotta bolt for ________ ?" Often enough, it's a Mossy.
Sometimes going to an auction brings out my venality. No, actually I mean my spirit of entrepreneurship, my patriotic desire to stimulate the economy.