Arisaka type 99 dating

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The Type 99 was one of the standard bolt-action combat rifles to be utilized by the Empire of Japan during the Second World War.At her start, she proved a reliable and robust weapon but the closing noose of the Pacific Theater soon brought about drastic changes in her production methods, often leading to a subclass weapon system.Janzen calls them Pattern 1856, while Skennerton lists B151 as Pattern 1856/58, and B153 as Pattern 1860.All of these are for the “bar on barrel” stud, not the bar on the band, but exact muzzle ring dimensions listed vary from 20.6mm to 20.9mm.

Origins: The Type 38 Rifle The Meiji 38th Year rifle (Type 38) appeared in 1905 and was considered an improvement over the previous offerings of the 18 attempts.The bolt work followed more in line with the original Mauser design and featured a larger, easier-to-grab, bolt handle.A new cartridge with a pointed tip - the 38th Year Type, 6.5x50mm - was also introduced at the same time as the rifle.During the pre World War II military buildup and throughout the war, all Japanese officers were required to wear a sword.Traditionally made swords were produced during this period but, in order to supply such large numbers of swords, blacksmiths with little or no knowledge of traditional Japanese sword manufacture were recruited.