So my girlfriend's father handed me a Type 38 Arisaka (very nice, chrome-lined barrel, looks like it was restocked during the war) and asked me to fix it. Apparently he handed to his friend (a self-proclaimed firearms "expert") for inspection and when he got it back the bolt was locked up. Can't flip it up, let alone cock it back. Not quite sure what the problem is, but I've narrowed it down to the pictures I'll show you all. Back of the bolt appears to somehow be stuck on the shelf of the bolt release lever. I really hope somebody knows how to fix this. And no worries, the chamber is empty.
No such things as a stupid question, I appreciate any help I can get. The safety feels like it's stuck. I believe that piece I can see through the bolt lever is the safety tang. I think the owner's "expert" friend got drunk, tore it apart, and may have reassembled it wrong. Is there another way to remove the bolt? I figure if I can get the bolt out I can disassemble it and reassemble it properly.
Ok so I stripped the whole thing down and removed the trigger group and I still couldn't move the bolt even close to enough to remove it. I tried unscrewing the safety but it won't twist at all. Not sure what to do next. Any thoughts? I'm starting to worry this rifle is ruined.
UPDATE: FIXED HER!!! Thanks for all the help guys every piece of advice got me one step closer. I had to ram the firing pin lug up with a screwdriver until the safety popped up enough that I could twist it off (the knob shot off and almost left a dent in the ceiling). Then a quick reassembly and she's good to go!