SOLD FOR: $1,000.00
Make: Tokyo Artillery Arsenal, Japan
Model: Type 44 Carbine
Serial Number: 19272
Year of Manufacture: 1930-1940
Caliber: 6.5x50mm (6.5 Jap or 6.5 Arisaka)
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Imperial ownership seal, a “chrysanthemum” and three Japanese characters that translate to “44 Type”. The left side of the receiver is marked (from left to right) with the serial number, with the symbol for Tokyo Artillery Arsenal “stacked cannon balls” and with two small Japanese stampings. The rear of the receiver is marked with a “circled triangle” proof mark and a “circle” acceptance mark. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a “B” barrel proof mark and a “circled triangle” proof. The underside of the bolt handle, the firing pin, the extractor, the bottom of the safety, both sides of the bottom tang, the bottom of the nosecap and the rear of the dust cover are all marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number. The rear of the safety is covered in decorative metal work. The inside of the Chinese T38 sling is marked with Chinese characters.
Barrel Length: Approximately 19”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set, inverted “V” post between two protective ears. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to a flip up sight ladder with a sliding “V” notch. It is marked from “4 – 20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a two piece hardwood with a pistol grip, finger grooves, cutout for the folding bayonet, metal nose cap, metal barrel band, two sling loops, hooked bayonet quillion (not a stacking loop) and a metal buttplate. There is a lever on the right of the butt that rotates to open an oval in the buttplate. This exposes the cleaning rod storage area in the butt stock; the cleaning rods are missing. The stock shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some are deep and have damaged small portions of the surface of the wood. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original. The metal has been treated with cold blue.
Bore Condition: The grooves are grey and the rifling is worn. There is erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The metal has been treated with cold blue. Small scratches, oxidation and areas of pin prick surface erosion show through the cold blue. The front of the barrel shows scrapes & thinning from the nosecap. The receiver shows scrapes & thinning from the dust cover. The bottom metal & bolt release lever show scrapes and discoloration. The metal shows other light scrapes & handling marks. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The bayonet locks into place correctly. The lever on the right of the butt is rotated up to open the oval in the buttplate and expose the cleaning storage rod area. 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: The rifle comes with a sling, nosecap and dust cover.The T38 sling has been modified at the front to secure it to the rifle. The T38 is a Chinese made sling for the Japanese Type 38 Rifle. It shows light discoloration and is in about Fine condition. The spring loaded nosecap & dust cover have been treated with cold blue. Pin prick surface erosion shows through the cold blue on the nosecap. It also shows scrapes & light thinning. The nosecap is in about Very Good Plus condition. The dust cover has scratches & light surface erosion showing through the cold blue. It also shows light scrapes & a freckling of oxidation. The dust cover is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Japanese Type 44 carbine was made at the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal between 1930 and 1940. It comes with a folding bayonet, sling, nosecap & dustcover. It has deep markings including and intact “chrysanthemum” and Japanese “Type 44”characters. The folding bayonet looks very impressive when it is extended. The hook on the bayonet is not a stacking loop. It is meant to replicate a Type 30 bayonet quillion. Bayonet fencing with hooked quillions was part of Japanese military training. This is a nice Type 44 Carbine for your collection. Good luck.
For more see page 208 of Joe Puleo’s book, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and CAN be transferred/sold in California.