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Trying to identify Arisaka....NOT FOR SALE!

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3 minutes ago, gregintenn said:

You mainly wipe off fingerprints and store it indoors. They were military weapons and not priceless works of art after all.

True that, but now it’s like a $1,500 rifle  if not messed around with too much.

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5 minutes ago, Garufa said:

True that, but now it’s like a $1,500 rifle  if not messed around with too much.

But it’s still a battle implement; not something designed to require a lot of care.

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Good suggestion. I have heard of that product.  It has just been hanging on a wall as part of his Uncles war collection

btw, turns out I did get a shot of the “mum”. Hope it is enjoyable eye candy for all:


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On 6/1/2021 at 5:45 PM, Garufa said:


It sure looks like someone’s been taking care of it all these years.  What have they been doing?



From that pic, the answer to your question isn't shooting it ...

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Garufa is right about the model / type 1's. I had one, gave it to my son & he sold it!. The type one's are very rare and are sleepers. They have no markings on them what so ever. The contract for type 1's were navy only and few of them survived the war above the pacific's surface. Like the 38's they had chrome bores with the last produced gain twist rifling.  Back when I worked at Auto Ordnance, I would at times go across the street and hang out at Duffy's gun shop that was 2 doors down from Numrich Arms. Duffy was a vet that served in the Army as an Ordnance tech. After the war, he worked at Aberdeen Proving ground. He told me that after the war, he was one of the guys tasked with testing the limits of foreign military weapon designs. He said, for rifles, they would pin the bore shut just ahead of the chamber, load some hot proof loads and see about blowing up the receivers. The Springfields and Mausers were able to be damaged beyond use in this way but the Arisaka action with stood the blast by spitting the barrel out of the receiver with the barrel threads left behind within the receiver ring. They would coil out those threads, put on another barrel and the same results. After a few barrels were spit out, they barreled the receiver and the gun would shoot as if nothing was damaged from the multiple blasts.  He said the Japs imported all of their steel from the Germans and the receivers were more than likely from Soligen steel works. At the time Soligen was into the most pure iron ore mines being mined in the world.  

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