WWII U.S. Bring Back Papers Toyo Kogyo Type 99 Arisaka 7.7 Bolt Rifle C&R

Sold for $2026.01

Make: Hiroshima Plant of Toyo Kogyo, also known as Toyo Manufacturing Company. They made rifles for Kokura Arsenal during WWII.

Model: Type 99 Arisaka

Serial Number: 47487

Year of Manufacture: 1939-1943

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) which has an “X” through it. It is also marked with 3 Japanese characters for “99 Type”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the series symbol, the serial number “47487”, and the 2 symbols for Toyo Kogyo. There is a line on the left of the barrel shank that matches a line on the receiver. The bottom of the bolt handle, bottom of the safety, firing pin, and extractor are each marked “487”. The accompanying bayonet is marked “54169” and has makers marks on the rear.

Barrel Length: Approximately 25 1/2 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 bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, sling loop on the left side of the butt, through bolt and a metal buttplate. The wood has some scattered scratches, scrapes, dings, and compressions, some are deep and have damaged and/or removed portions of surface wood. Some of the most noticeable marks are on the right of the buttstock and left side at the action. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some patina and scabbing. 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 no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% its current metal finish. The metal has some scattered patches of light scabbing, discoloration from previous oxidation, and some thinning. There is finish loss on the edges. There is a scrape on the edge of the trigger guard. There are some areas of thinning and light scratches, most noticeable on the bottom metal assembly. The screw heads are sharp. 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: Included is a bayonet & sheath, WWII bringback papers, and a Seabees “Homeward Bound” wood crate with a matching name that matches the bring back paper.

Our Assessment: After the 1937 invasion of China, it became apparent to the Japanese that the 6.5mm round of the Type 38 rifle was rather anemic in combat situations and did not provide sufficient stopping power. Tests began on a 7.7 replacement and the Type 99 was born, this one was made by the Hiroshima Plant of Toyo Kogyo, a subcontractor for Kokura, between 1939 and 1945. Its chrysanthemum on the receiver is visible, though it has an “X” through it, and the anti-aircraft sights are still present. Besides its anti-aircraft sights, it also comes with a cleaning rod stored under the barrel and a bayonet. What makes this one special is the bring back papers and case. The papers were signed naval operating base in Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Retto, Japan and list the rifle and bayonet by serial number and are dated November 10th 1945. The rifle was brought back by Rufus A. Christenson, a shipbuilder, master woodworker, and building contractor who served with the Seabees in Okinawa during WWII and was a construction mechanic. The bring back papers are A collector of WWII or Japanese weapons will find this rifle highly desirable. Please see our photos and good luck!