Arisaka T-38


full metal
July 21, 2007, 02:59 AM
Today I saw a arisaka t-38 at my local pawn shop, the rifle looked in good shape,the blueing looked good and the stock looked real nice.
I realy liked it, but I dont know how much they go for.
they wanted $150 buck's is that to much?
Any info appriciated.

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full metal
July 21, 2007, 03:04 AM
p.s. how much is ammo for the arisaka?
Is it to expensive?

July 21, 2007, 03:45 AM
It's pretty darn expensive if you don't reload. But 6.5x50 is a dang fun cartridge to play with!

July 21, 2007, 04:26 AM
about $40 per box of norma, if you can find it

July 21, 2007, 09:58 PM
$150 sounds like a fair price. The last Graf's ad that I saw had Hornady 6.5 Jap for $22.

July 21, 2007, 10:32 PM
Not a bad price, if its as good as you say.

And yes, ammo is expensive. Although, it appears hog has found some stuff cheaper than I ever did. Cost of ammo makes my T38 the only gun I own that I have never shot.

July 21, 2007, 11:56 PM
Is it still in original military condition? If so it's a good price.

July 22, 2007, 12:54 AM
Great price if the crysanthemum (sp?), commonly called "mum" is still intact and not ground off of the reciever. If ground off, try them for 100 bucks and see what they say. Asking price is not bad if really in good shape but won't hurt to deal on price.

July 22, 2007, 12:54 AM
Is the stock not been cut? Is the cleaning rod there? Is the mum ground?

Things to look for.

I think i paid around that last year for one. Ground mum, but with rod and not been bubbed.


July 22, 2007, 12:58 AM
Arisakas are very beefy rifles, there was a test done by the NRA with Type 38 and 99 action in comparison to other mauser type actions and it was shown that the Type 38 will hold itself long after all the other mausers have exploded

They're also fun to shoot, if you dont mind reloading, it's a worthwhile buy. as .45Guy says, it's fun cartridge

July 22, 2007, 05:14 AM
at the gunshows, Arisaka ammo, in 6.5 was about 13 bucks a box, 10 for milsurp type stuff. i love this round though, and the other dude was right, a supremely strong action on these things.

July 22, 2007, 07:39 AM
I have a couple of Arisaka rifles, one type 38 and one type 99.

Check the stock foreend to see if it was cut. The "duffle bag" cut was done by many GI's to get the rifle stock to fit in a duffle bag. Check to see that bolt number and receiver number match. See if the bore is bright and clean.

The Arisaka rifle was never as desirable as the Mauser 98, M1903. Returning GI's had too many stories of cast iron Japanese rifles, (which were true, but they were training rifles meant to fire blanks!), and had a low opinion of Japanese equipment. Post war Arisaka ammo almost cost as much as a rifle.That combined with the inability to duplicate the Japanese barrel shank thread, meant you could not change out the barrel to some other caliber.

As a design the Arisaka action was an outstanding design, the rifle simple to operate and rugged. Those metal tangs on the pistol grip mean you can buttstroke someone and not have the stock shatter. The gun was built rugged and the Japanese used it hard in live bayonet practice. No joke. They murdered at least 100,000 in Nanking in bayonet/sword practice.

However WWII was 60 years ago. They ain't making Arisaka's anymore. If the rifle is full military, keep it that way. If you cut the stock, bend the bolt handle, alter the rifle in any way from its original military configuration, you have turned that rifle into a $50.00 rifle.

full metal
July 23, 2007, 06:10 PM
this arisaka was all stock,why did they grind of the crysanthemum off.
this one had it ground off.
That would be the crest that kinda looked like a cherry blossom on top of the reciever, right?

July 23, 2007, 06:59 PM
the Chrysanthemum is the mark of the emporer, so each and every firearm with the empirical seal states that the weapon is the emporer's property.

During surrender, when a weapon was handed over, the seals were destroyed in attempt to save face of surrender... Everyone knows it's not nice to give away something that doesnt belong to you :P

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