SOLD FOR: $1281
Make: Nagoya Arsenal, Japan
Model: Arisaka, Type 99
Serial Number: 27158
Year of Manufacture: 1939-1943
Caliber: 7.7x58mm (7.7 Jap)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Japanese Imperial “Chrysanthemum” mark and three Japanese characters that translate to “99 Type”. The left side of the receiver is marked (from left to right) with the “4th” series symbol, the serial number, the symbol for the Nagoya Arsenal, and with a small Japanese stamping. There is a line on the left of the barrel shank that matches a line on the receiver. The bottom of the safety, bottom of the bolt handle, firing pin, and extractor are each marked “268”. The rear of the safety has decorative metal work on it. The rear of the dust cover and bottom of the bayonet lug are marked “158”. The sling contains kanji markings. For more information on the markings see pages 210 – 215 of Joe Puleo’s book, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World.
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 hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nosecap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with monopod, two side mounted sling loops, through bolt, and a metal buttplate. The buttstock consists of two pieces, the lower tang wraps around the bottom piece to better secure the piece. There are drain holes in the belly of the stock and above the right through bolt. The wood appears to have been refinished at some point. The wood shows scattered scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows a deep dark patina and some white discoloration. 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 well defined. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 50% of its metal finish. The metal shows surface erosion on every metal surface. There is pitting on the bottom metal. There is thinning on the bolt from operational wear. There is thinning around the muzzle. The screw heads show use and oxidation. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A monopod, dust cover, and sling are included.
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 Arisaka still has its anti aircraft sights and also comes with a monopod, and sling. The metal finish has some issues but should clean up a bit with some effort. This wartime service rifle will add nicely to a WWII or Military collection. Please see our photos and good luck!