WWII Arisaka Type 2 Paratrooper Matching Type 99 7.7 Japan Bolt Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $2,875

LSB#: 240105JH001

Make: Nagoya Arsenal, Japan

Model: Type 2 Arisaka “Paratrooper”. Takedown Type 99 Arisaka

Serial Number: 8658

Year of Manufacture: 1942 – 1944, C&R

Caliber: 7.7x58mm (7.7 Jap)

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle Fed By Internal Magazine

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 sides fold out to be used as anti-aircraft sights. There are inverted V notches on each side of the AA sights.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The three piece stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nose cap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, sling loop on the left of the butt with a finger groove above it, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate and stock hardware show scrapes and light surface erosion. There is a metal joining mechanism below the front of the receiver and the barrel shank. It wraps around the stock and has a “D” ring takedown knob on the right side. The takedown screw is captured so it won’t be lost in the field. The stock shows moderate wear from handling and storage. The wood shows scattered scarpes, compression marks, scuffs and scratches. The wood is chipped in several spots and shows a few deeper scrapes. The left side of the stock above the magazine shows a 1 ½” minor crack. The LOP measures 12 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. This stock rates in about Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is light fouling in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 9.5 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95-96% of its metal finish, as refinished. The balance of the finish shows light to moderate wear from handling and storage. There are some scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. The metal shows scattered light to moderate erosion and some oxidation. The screw heads are sharp, most show light to moderate tool marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. The two halves of the barrel fit together snugly with no movement, there is a tiny gap between the metal. We did not fire this firearm. We have cleaned this firearm and performed a mechanic’s check but expect many will want to clean the firearm again depending on their standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Type 99 Arisaka rifle was a bolt-action rifle used by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. It was named after its designer, Colonel Nariakira Arisaka. The Type 99 was a reliable and durable weapon, but it was heavy and difficult to operate in confined spaces. It was used extensively in the Pacific Theater and some were also used by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Type 2 Paratrooper rifle is basically a take-down version of the Type 99 Arisaka rifle. The Japanese experimented with several versions of paratrooper rifles, including ones with folding stocks and an interrupted thread-style take-down before settling on this one, which has a screw-in wedge that holds the two halves together. The Type 2 is the only paratroop rifle that was produced in any real quantity with only about 21,200 known to have been produced. The model designation comes from the year based on the Japanese system that counted from the date of the founding of the Japanese Empire in 660 B.C. By this system, the Western year 1942 when the gun was adopted was 2602, with the “2” becoming the model designation. This Japanese Type II Paratrooper was made between 1942 and 1944 at the Nagoya Arsenal. The chrysanthemum on the top of the receiver has been removed, which is common on surrendered Japanese rifles. The original serial number on the receiver is 8658, it has matching serial numbers on the bayonet lug. The safety, bolt handle and firing pin also have the same matching serial number, “658”. This Type 2 Arisaka paratrooper is in Good shape, it has an excellent bore and tip top mechanics, it will go nicely in any WWII or Japanese collection. Please see our photos, good luck and happy bidding!


WWII Arisaka Type 2 Paratrooper Matching Type 99 7.7 Japan Bolt Rifle C&R
WWII Arisaka Type 2 Paratrooper Matching Type 99 7.7 Japan Bolt Rifle C&R