Type 99 Arisaka Serial Numbers
- The Type 99 rifle Arisaka or Type 99 short rifle. After 1946, the Republic of China re-chambered large numbers of Type 99 rifles to fire the 8×57 IS cartridge.
- Mar 26, 2013 The serial number would place it somewhere in the middle of the production run for the T-99s manufactured at Nagoya between 1939 and 1945. The last three digits of the serial number (508) are on the bottom of the bolt shank..
Aug 24, 2011 trying to find date of manufacture, my first Arisaka type 99 If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
The bolt is the only mismatched part, but it came with the dust cover, and 'wings' on the rear sight ( aircraft sights ? )
The Mum is intact.
from what i can find online, its a Tokyo Juki Kogyo factory built rifle, Series 37 i believe, the character reference online was close to what is stamped on the rifle to the front of the serial number.
serial number is 274XX ( obviously those XX are really numbers but i dont want to list the entire serial number here )
all that i could find for the build date was '1939-1945' which isnt helpful ! its definitely an early war rifle, i just would love to know what year it was made if possible.
thanks in advance for any help or advice !
Make: Kokura Arsenal, Japan
Model: Type 99 Arisaka
Serial Number: 37408
Year of Manufacture: 1939 to 1943. This rifle is a “1st series” rifle so it was made early on in the Kokura production run.
Caliber: 7.7x58mm (7.7 Japanese)
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Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver has had its Imperial ownership seal, a “chrysanthemum”, removed. It is marked with three Japanese characters that translate to “99 Type”. The left side of the receiver is marked (from left to right) with the “1st series” symbol, the serial number “37408”, the symbol for “Kokura Arsenal” and with 2 small Japanese marks. There is a line on the left of the barrel shank that matches a line on the receiver. The underside of the bolt handle and the inside of the safety are each marked with the last 3 digits of the serial number “408”. The rear of the bolt handle, the extractor and the top of the buttplate are each marked with small Japanese stampings. The rear of the safety has decorative metal work on it. The bottom of the butt has 2 small Japanese stampings on it.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 ½ Inches
Japanese Arisaka Type 99 Rifle Serial Numbers
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set, inverted “V” post set between two protective ears. The rear sight ladder has a fixed aperture when down and a sliding aperture when flipped up. The ladder is marked from “3 – 15”. The sides fold out to be used as anti-aircraft sights. They are marked “2” in the middle and “3” on the ends. There are inverted “V” notches on each side of the AA sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a two piece hardwood with a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nosecap, metal barrel band, two sling loops, through bolt and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches and discoloration from oxidation. There is a small hole just ahead of the bottom metal and another drilled on the right side of the stock above the through bolt. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many are deep and have removed small portions of surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 12 3/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is worn. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The top of the receiver is missing its finish and is discolored where the “chrysanthemum” was removed. The barrel shows light scrapes & some light thinning. The bottom metal shows scrapes, a few scratches & discoloration. The receiver shows light scrapes & light scratches. The barrel shank shows some light oxidation. The screw heads are intact. The markings on the side of the receiver are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with an unmarked green canvas sling. The sling shows soiling on the canvas as well as oxidation & scrapes on the metal. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This 1st series, Japanese Type 99 Arisaka was made by the Kokura Arsenal early on in its production run. The rifle’s chrysanthemum has been removed but the rifle is still in nice shape for on that survived WWII on the losing side. The bore is still bright and the rifle still has its antiaircraft sights. Antiaircraft sights usually broke off in the field. Chrysanthemums were systematically removed from surrendered Japanese rifles. These weapons were also destroyed in large numbers after the Japanese surrender. This one will add to your WWII or Military collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.
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