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Posted 7 years ago


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This is a type 99 Japanese rifle which was the standard issue rifle for Japanese troops from the early 1900's through WW II. It is a bolt action rifle which holds 5 rounds of ammo. This has the addition of a special dust cover for the bolt assembly so it would not become jammed. It has a flip up sight in addition to the sight on the end of the barrel. Japanese rifles had a chrysanthemum stamped on the chamber. When the Japanese would surrender, which did not happen often, they would deface the chrysanthemum by grinding it off. This was a symbol of the Emporer. Japanese troops were taught that it was better to die fighting, sacrificing your life for the Emporer, rather than surrender. This would bring shame to you family.


  1. John, 7 years ago
    I was told by my late father that General McCarther ordered all Japanese rifles were to have the chrysanthemum removed before they could be sent to the U.S. as souveiners. It was a symbol of the Emporer and that was why McArther wanted it removed. My father was a gunsmith and sporterised many of these rifles. He never saw one that had the chrysanthemum left in place. The History channel recently aired a show on McArther in Japan which confirmed what my father told me. Would a surrendering soldier have time to grind off the symbol? As you stated few Japanese soldiers surrenderd and there are thousands of these rifles without the chrysanthemum. It is rare to find one that escaped the grinding, I hope to see one some day.
  2. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 7 years ago
    Hello John, thanks for your input, this makes sense. I will soon post pictures of a type 38 rifle with the chrysanthemum intact.
  3. John, 7 years ago
    Thank you for your reply, I look forward to seeing your intact type 38 with a chrysanthemum. My dad left me four Japanese rifles but all were modified and none had the chysanthemum in place. I hope the info I passed along will help you. I am no expert on these rifles but that is one story my dad told me more than a few times.
    P.S. You have great stuff listed.
  4. John, 7 years ago
    Do you have a store or is this only show and tell?
  5. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 7 years ago
    John, thanks for the compliment. Don't have a store, but I sell on ebay. The items you have seen are from my personal collections.
  6. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago
    My grandfather has two of these he brought back from WWII.
  7. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago
    Does yours have the Rising Sun, or has it been filed off?
  8. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 7 years ago
    Hi VikingFan, I have a type 99 without the chrysanthemum, and a type 38 with the chrysanthemum intact.
  9. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago
    So does that mean its a Marine rifle?
  10. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 7 years ago
    VikingFan, no, it is not a Marine rifle.
  11. dakota9961, 6 years ago
    whats the easiest way to find u on ebay?
  12. dakota9961, 6 years ago
    im looking to buy more for my collection by a chance you wouldnt have a ww2 russian gas mask would you?
  13. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 6 years ago
    dakota9961, sorry, no Russian gas mask. I sell on ebay as stepback_antiques.
    Don't knock an Arisaka. They shoot very well.
  15. WeekiWacheeRon, 2 years ago
    I also have one of these Arisaka rifles without the Chrysanthemum (of course). My question is: what type of ammo can I use with it...i.e. what is compatible? Thanks!

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