Arisaka Type 99
Nagoya Series 7
Calibre 7.7mm Japanese
Very Good Condition.
This is an Nagoya arsenal manufactured Model 99 7.7mm calibre
short rifle with a Department of control (chief inspector) inspection
Manufactured later in the war, this is an early series
7 rifle that incorporated some economies such as the scrapping of the
and the impractical aircraft sights. The rear sight on this rifle is the
issue sight which is shorter than the earlier aircraft sights.
This particular rifle‘s bolt is matched with the receiver which
is not common, most are mismatched
This has a second type safety cover on the bolt which
features a series of milled grooves, the very early rifles had a
chrysanthemum cover and the later rifles were simple welded.
This rifle has many of the features of the earlier rifles including a
metal butt plate, and an adjustable rear peep sight
adjustable to 1500 metres. At this stage of the war the rifles still had
the Shiki or type numbers stamped into the top
of the receiver.
This particular rifle was probably a battlefield pickup
from a fallen Japanese soldier because the
royal Chrysanthemum is totally intact.
When the war ended it was agreed that the symbol could be ground off to
save face by not allowing the
surrendered weapons with the royal symbol to be handled by foreigners.
This was done mechanically or electrically and
all traces of the Chrysanthemum were removed.
The butt of the Arisaka was made in two pieces dove tailed
together and towards the end of the war unseasoned wood was used
as an expedient and often the butts feature a wide separation gap but
this is a nice one that was made with seasoned wood.
The bore of the rifle is Very Good and has been recently
proofed (Nov 2013).
Overall a very nice untouched example of a classic
Type 99 Japanese Rifle.