Hi...First and foremost I am new to this site so my apologies in advance if I break an forum rules. I am trying to help my 92 year old great uncle identify a rifle he brought back from WWII and also replace a part that an ex threw out in a fit of rage. He is the real deal, and the story from his mouth is that he and 5 of his comrades were inspecting a cave and two other guys drew the short straw that day. The three stood guard at the mouth while two went in, and at the entrance to the cave was two rifles. As the two soldiers went to investigate the rifles they were killed. Another of my uncle's good friends was injured, and as they hauled him away he asked Jack to send him one of the rifles home. Jack kept one for himself and sent the other one home as he had promised. This is of course a short summary, but to hear him tell it is very sobering. I have done some research and am thinking it is a type 38, and I think the only thing that is missing is the safety. He said he didn't have the scope or tripod. If you have any insight into the gun, model, year, what the serial number designates, etc...I would greatly appreciate it and it will help me in bringing this back to its original condition for my great uncle that served this great country and stood alongside many of our relatives as they gave their lives fighting for our freedom!