SOLD FOR: $1075
Make: Nagoya Arsenal, Japan
Model: Type 99 Arisaka
Serial Number: 99639
Year of Manufacture: 1939 to 1945
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 (from left to right) with what appears to be the “2nd series” symbol, the serial number, the symbol for Nagoya Arsenal, and with a small Japanese mark. There is a line on the left of the barrel shank that matches a line on the receiver. The bayonet lug is marked “639”. The underside of the bolt handle, the extractor, the firing pin, and the inside of the safety are all marked “202”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked with small Japanese stampings. The rear of the safety has decorative metal work on it. The rear face of the dust cover is marked “365”.
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 and hole for the installed 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 buttstock is made from two pieces of wood, the lower tang wraps around the bottom piece to better secure the piece. 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, gashes, scratches and compression marks. Many have damaged or removed 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 buttplate shows a deep patina with thick erosion. The stock rates in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are semi bright and the grooves are gray. The polygonal rifling is defined. There is intermittent erosion and pitting in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% its metal finish. There is scattered erosion with pitting on the bottom metal and rear sight. There is also surface oxidation with some light pitting scattered on the receiver and barrel. There are scattered little nicks and scratches throughout. There is surface erosion on the bolt handle and dust cover. There are two thinned spots on the top of the receiver at the rear and front. The screw heads show light 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.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with an unmarked sling, a monopod, dust cover, and intact AA sights.
Our Assessment: The Type 99 rifle Arisaka or Type 99 short rifle was a bolt-action rifle of the Arisaka design used by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The Imperial Japanese Army developed the Type 99 based on the Type 38 rifle but with a caliber of 7.7mm. The Type 99 was produced at nine different arsenals. Seven arsenals were located in Japan, with the other two located at Mukden in Manchukuo and Jinsen in Korea. This is a second series Nagoya arsenal Type 99 Short Rifle made sometime between 1939 and the end of WWII. This is a collectible rifle that has an intact chrysanthemum that comes with intact anti aircraft sights, a monopod, a dust cover, and a rubberized canvas sling. This is a good looking Type 99 that will add to your WWII collection. Please see our photos and good luck!