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Help Identifying a rifle

Arisaka, Murata, Siamese, Korean, and North China Rifles
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Help Identifying a rifle

#1 Post by scole » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:02 pm

Hello All,

My friend was given a rifle by his uncle and he asked me to figure out what it was. The only information his Uncle told him was it was Japanese and shot wooden bullets. I did some research and I know Japan used wooden bullets for training and launching rifle grenades. The rifle appears to me to be a chopped / sporterized Type 99 Arisaka. I don't know a whole lot about these rifles. I could not find the marking on the receiver anywhere on the internet. Maybe my googlefoo isn't very strong. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Help Identifying a rifle

#2 Post by scole » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:09 pm

I couldn't get the photos to load. I put them on a word document and attached it.

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Re: Help Identifying a rifle

#3 Post by 72 usmc » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:14 am

Welcome to the forum. :dance: :dance: Here are the pictures:
DO NOT FIRE THAT RIFLE Trainer with a smooth bore, look down the barrel. NOT FOR SHOOTING/hunting.
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Arasaka type 99 training/ schools rifle.
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/art ... aka-rifle/
http://www.banzaionline.com/RifPrimer/R ... _of_Primer

markings http://www.banzaionline.com/Trainers/Tr ... r_markings
That receiver mark is the Nippon Special Steel mark.
They are smooth bore, and designed for training (blank or gallery) ammunition only. GIs firing trainers with military loads and the subsequent failure of the receivers is what we believe gave Japanese rifles the label 'dangerous to shoot'.
see this old link:
http://www.castle-thunder.com/wforum/vi ... 039fa741dc

For more information get a copy of any edition of Military Rifles of Japan by Fred Honeycutt & F Pratt Anthony at the library. Read the chapter on trainers/schools rifles. If the 3rd edition see pages 172-174. If intact and not cut and refinished that would have been a nice mark to have in a collection. Unfortunately, it has been drastically reduced in value & collectability.
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.

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Re: Help Identifying a rifle

#4 Post by scole » Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:47 pm

Thanks for the info!

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