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This showed up at my door today, my friend Angela said she had a surprise for me, and sure enough she did, I didnt expect this. She and her parents were cleaning out her Grandparents house after her Grandmother died the other day and they said they found this in the attic. I explained to her what little I knew about it, being a Japanese Arisaka Type 99 Rifle with its bayonet, has a dust cover, missing the bipod, never had air craft sites, and has a full mum. Told her this denoted a field capture, she said her Grandfather fought with the Marines in WWII and most likely brought it home. Sadly he never talked about what he did. I told her thank you for bringing it by and she goes, "No its for you." I was like HUH? And she said her parents didnt want it and that they all thought of me when they found it. So I am now the owner of a Vet captured Arisaka Type 99 with bayo. Im very happy, it certainly beats the heck out of the one I bought in terms of quality and appearance.

If anyone knows anything about this particular piece please let me know, I also noticed it is named in two places but I cant read Japanese characters. The bayonet also has what looks like blood pitting on it, it looks like the Japanese soldier put the bayo away bloody. All the best, Jonathan

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Awesome!! I love the fact that the Mum is still present! I dont know about Blood pitting though.

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Nice item.

The blood pitting story is as old as collecting and not very likely.

Any moisture can cause the pitting and if you've ever smelled blood after a few days in the summer heat it would be evident that the soldier would have cleaned it off.

Still a very nice rifle and bayonet.

Cheers :cheers:

Brian

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Thanks gents!

Brian thank you for that information, I can see that I made an uneducated guess as to the blood pitting. I drew two conclusions that I thought guaranteed it LOL. All the best, Jonathan

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The joy in collectimg are the suprises. :cheers:

I am still blown away that it has the mum! 99.5% of these had the mums filed off. This is a true pre-Sep45 bring back! BTW, you know that these Japanese weapons are known to be unsafe to fire... right?

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Characters in post 8 are "9 9" and something. All I can read are numbers.

From the looks of this one, I agree with Paul-- it's too late to be safe.

I had a lovely little shootable carbine version made in 1938 when I was your age-- never blued (!?) but unground mum. Back in the day we used to tie these into a car tire and remote fire with a string :rolleyes: to see whether they'd blow up. So hard to get the Finnish ammunition (this was 30 years ago) that it really isn't worth the bother of TRYING, anyway.

Hang it on a wall.

With bayonet attached it will make an excellent Burglar Repellant. :catjava:

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There's guy on WAF with the name "Type99Sniper", I wondered about that name when I first saw it, guess now it makes sense :cheers:

Nice present!

C

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Many years ago, when the world was young, I was the Gunnery Officer on the Hugh Purvis (DD 709), a WW II USN destroyer. While inspecting below-decks storerooms one day, I took a closer look behind one of the expanded-wire cages, and discovered one of these things! It had been drilled to make it eligible for a war trophy, and left in place so long that the shipyard types had spray-painted over part pf it, so it showed the expanded-wire pattern on the butt. Naturally, I asserted eminent domain, and had it for many years. Sold it a few years ago when we moved into the Florida condo.

Hugh

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Very nice Rifle I love the aging on the bayonet very well used:

Thank you for showing this piece of Military History Weaponery.

Lorenzo

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You really got some good friends there ! This is one of the rifles I miss very much in my collection . Got two type 30?s , one still got the mum.

Thanks for sharing and take care of your friends !

Kjell

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Thanks gents! I wish I could have seen my face when she told me it was mine LOL.

I had thought that it would be unsafe to fire but thank you for confirming this for me. The quality of work probably wouldnt hold up too well 60+ years later. Thanks again guys! Shes hanging on my wall right now, it replaced my other Type99 that I bought. All the best, Jonathan

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Other than 'Type 99' I can't make out the characters on your rifle clearly. If you can let me see them more clearly somehow I can look them up in my character dictionary.

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