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Japanese Arisaka Rifle

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by ShooterRuger, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    Im trying to get information on this gun, it has alot of things pressed into it. it does not however have the flower pressed into it....it has been scraped off and it seems to be modified any help or hints would be nice.
  2. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    You'll need to provide pics.

    The Mum being scraped off means it was "surrendered" rather than "captured". I'd say your Arisaka was made in Japan...beyond that...

    With pics, our members here will be able to tell you quite a lot probably.
  3. rocky branch

    rocky branch Well-Known Member

    There's a lot to know before anybody can ID your piece.

    Pica would go a long way.

    The Chyrysanthimum or emperial symbol was removed for many reasons at various times.
    No real definitive answer towards captured or surrendered is correct.
    I have seen rifles taken in the field that were ground at the unit level.
    The vast majority brought home were ground.
    These things have taken on a lot more interest n the last few years after being considered worthless for a long time.

    The markings on the left of the reciever will tell a lot.
  4. Ron James

    Ron James Well-Known Member

    That's right, Why, I was told that the Japanese soldier carried a small battery powered grinder in their pack. If they thought they were going to be killed of captured they would grind off the " Mum " so as not disgrace the Emperor. ( tongue in cheek )
  5. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    arisaka rifle

    im sure it has been modified cause it looks nothing like the types i saw..but there is still the arsenal mark where it is made and it has japenese writing on it and the serial number is there with 2 circles before serial number.




  6. Alpacca 45

    Alpacca 45 Well-Known Member

    Some idiot has butchered it, bolt handle has been turned (cut and weld or bent) down and stock has been changed or butchered for a "sporter" stock
  7. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    thats what i figured o well the stuff that the leaved on it is ok atleast all the arsenal makes and serial numbers and japenese writing is still on there. any way to still be able to tell what type it is though
  8. musick

    musick Well-Known Member

    I didnt even know what I had, but thanks to some help from a few posters on surplusrifle forum, I was given this link:


    Found out I have an Arisaka Type 38 w/ the original bayo. and sling. It appears to be a battlefield pick-up since the Mum is 100% intact. The only thing I am missing is the receiver dust cover.

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  9. musick

    musick Well-Known Member

    I am no expert on these firearms by any stretch of the imagination, but I dont think you have a Type 38. Might be a Type 99. This link might be useful as well:

  10. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    its just so modified that i cannot tell what type...it still has serial number and the symbol that tells you were it was made but i dont know what the japenese writing says...hmmm what should i do...they say that alot of arisaka that were modified were done by actual U.S. soldiers..o well still got my beyond perfect condition british infield and i love jsut looking at it ha
  11. musick

    musick Well-Known Member

    ShooterRuger - Here are some pics of what an unmolested Type 38 looks like:




  12. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    that is so sweet...that symbol on your bayonet is the same symbol next to my serial number and then before it there is two circles
  13. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    o well it was a free gun ..and you cant beat free no matter how bad the gun looks
  14. musick

    musick Well-Known Member

    Then the manufacturer was either Koishikawa Arsenal (Tokyo) 1870-1935 or Kokura Arsenal 1935-1945.

  15. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    i also heard that those two circles next to the serial number also means that it may have been used at a school or for the secret police or something like that im not to sure..can i buy and original stock or should i just leave it be...i also dont know what the japanese writing means they arnt on the list for series numbers its engraved below were the flower thing should be
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  16. musick

    musick Well-Known Member

    That first link I posted didnt answer those questions?

    Like I said, Im no expert. If the metal has been modified, it probably wont help the value if you have the original stock.
  17. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    An easy way to tell the Type 38 from the type 99 is that the receiver ring markings on the Type 38 run in line with the barrel, while the Type 99 markings run crossways. Also the Type 38 has two gas escape holes, the Type 99 only one.

    Musick says he has a Type 38 but the picture clearly shows a Type 99 or, as the marking says, "99 Type".

    The symbols beside the serial number are the manufacturer's marking and the series symbol using the kata kana "letter." This is similar to the practice of other countries in using a letter prefix, such as "A 1234" or "F98556".

  18. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    As a general rule:The type 38 is the model of 1905 and is in 6.5 caliber. The type 99 is the model of 1938 and is in 7.7 caliber. Your rifle isn't ruined, it has just taken on a new roll.
  19. ShooterRuger

    ShooterRuger Member

    okay then it is a type 38 it has the gas escape holes
  20. KenWP

    KenWP member

    Convert it to 45-70 and go shoot it.

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