SOLD FOR: $1981
Make: Nagoya Arsenal, Japan
Model: Type 99 Arisaka. This is a “No Series” Arisaka. There is no series symbol (Kana) on the left side of the receiver as this was one of the first 100,000 rifles made by the Nagoya Arsenal.
Serial Number: 93827
Year of Manufacture: 1939 to 1943
Caliber: 7.7x58mm (7.7 Japanese)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a “chrysanthemum” (the Imperial ownership seal) and with three Japanese characters that translate to “99 Type”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number, the symbol for Nagoya Arsenal, and with a small Japanese mark. There is no series symbol or “Kana” marking. There is a line on the left of the barrel shank that matches a line on the receiver. The bayonet lug, underside of the bolt handle, the extractor, the firing pin, and the inside of the safety are all marked with the last 3 digits of the serial number. The rear of the bolt handle is marked with small Japanese stampings. The rear of the safety has decorative metal work on it. The bottom of the butt has a small Japanese stamping on it.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an 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 two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nosecap with the bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop & monopod, sling loop base on the left side of the butt, through bolt, and a metal buttplate. The barrel band has a monopod attached. The buttplate shows scratches, light surface erosion, and discoloration. The stock hardware shows scrapes. There are small drain holes located just ahead of the bottom metal and on the right side of the stock, above the through bolt. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many have damaged small portions of surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled. The LOP measures 12 ½ 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 lands are bright and the grooves are semi bright. The polygonal rifling is well defined. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and areas of discoloration from oxidation. The front of the barrel shows light thinning and oxidation. The screw heads show heavy use. The markings 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.
The monopod locks into place properly.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This early Japanese Type 99 Arisaka was one of the first 100,000 made by the Nagoya Arsenal. This is a “No Series” Arisaka. There is no series symbol or “Kana” on the left side of the receiver as this was in the first block of 100,000 rifles made by the Nagoya Arsenal. The Kana symbol changed after every 100,000 rifles produced. This collectible Arisaka has an intact chrysanthemum and matching part numbers on the receiver, bayonet lug, bolt handle, extractor, firing pin, and safety. It comes with intact anti aircraft sights and a monopod. This is a good looking early Type 99 that will add to your WWII collection.