Posted 7 years ago
Dad sent this rifle home from WW II. Thousands of these rifles found their way to the United States as war souvenirs, making them one of the most common foreign military firearms available in the country.
The Arisaka rifles are named for Colonel Nariaki Nariakira Arisaka.
A chrysanthemum with 16 petals (the symbol of the Japanese Emperor) was usually stamped on the receiver of rifles manufactured for the Imperial Japanese Army, indicating that the rifle belonged to the Emperor. After the war, this insignia was removed by the Japanese in honer of the Emperor. They did not want their weapons in American hands with the Emperor's insignia. Rifles such as mine, with the insignia intact, were said to be recovered directly off the battle field.