WW2 Japanese Arisaka OILER Rear Ammo Pouch OIL CAN

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 13,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

WW2 Japanese Arisaka OILER Rear Ammo Pouch OIL CAN

Up for auction is this original WWII Japanese rifle oiler that is designed to fit in the side cradle of a rear ammunition pouch. It seems many rear ammo boxes are missing this important component. I have this "orphaned" oiler that can complete someone's pouch. (I should add a disclaimer at this point, in that I can't guarantee this oiler will fit any specific pouch perfectly. The cradles can shrink with age and weathering, plus a very early pouch that was designed for the first type steel oiler, which was slightly shorter in stature, may have a shorter retaining strap.)

This one is the second type can, made of black lacquered steel, with the dual caps. Most of these steel oilers had brass caps, but on this one, both the outer lid and the applicator cap, as well as the applicator rod, are made of steel that has a blued or black oxide finish. There is an inspection mark on the outer cap. It looks like "saka" , for the Osaka Arsenal.

The oiler is in pretty good condition. As can be seen in the accompanying photos, there are some small scrapes and spots of lifting of the lacquer, with bare steel and areas of surface rust showing. I believe there should be a leather washer under the applicator cap, and that is missing. There might also be a missing washer that goes under the outer cap, like is present on the brass lidded version, but the cap threads clear down to the base, so possibly the Osaka model omitted this piece. Both caps will thread fine. The cloth swab looks securely attached to the steel rod, with a trace of oil still present (the can appears empty).

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