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Japanese Type I Carcano rifle...

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Carolina Kalash, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Carolina Kalash

    Carolina Kalash Active Member

    May 15, 2011
    Lake Wylie, South Carolina
    do these use en-bloc clips like italian carcanos or is the stripper clip? I know the bolt is exactly like a carcano but didn't know if it used the mannicher clip system...
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
  3. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Mentor

    May 10, 2005
    Kingsport Tennessee
    Japanese Type I Carcano

    They were made for the Japanese Navy when Arisaka production was all going to the Japanese Army. The stock, sights, magazine and caliber were similar to the Arisaka: only the Carcano bolt and receiver were used.

  4. Vaarok

    Vaarok Participating Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    It uses a standard Arisaka stripper clip, and has a Mauser style double-stack box magazine.

    In a pinch you can use Swedish stripper clips.
  5. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    There is some question about whether the Japanese wanted those rifles at all. They were the idea of one A. Hitler, who wanted his Axis partners to make a greater effort to support one another, ignoring the small fact that Japan was just a little distance from Italy and Germany. Anyway, Italy agreed to build some 60,000 rifles. The barrels were made by Terni. Rifle production was divided up: 50% by Regia Sezione Fabbrica d'Armi Esercito in Gardone, 25% by Beretta, and 25% by Fabbrica Nazionale d'Armi of Brescia. Production was completed in 1939 and all reached Japan.

    Some were apparently used in combat by Japanese Navy Landing Parties (sometimes incorrectly called "Jap Marines" by Americans). Some show considerable evidence of rust and hard use; others I have seen are like new.

    The receiver is typical Carcano, but the bolts will not interchange with Italian bolts because of the different location of the ejector.

    Aside from the receiver, they are basically the Type 38 and even have the typical Japanese two piece stock. They take standard Japanese 6.5 ammo, Arisaka clips, bayonets, and slings. They do not have any chrysanthemum and never did, so none was "ground off." Other than the serial number, they have no marking other than a few inspection marks. The country of origin or manufacturer is not marked, presumably to conceal that information.

    I don't know what the Japanese called those rifles. AFAIK, the term "Type I" originated with American collectors, the "I" presumably standing for "Italian."


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