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tonydewar 08-25-2011 12:30 AM

arisaka 6.5
looking at a mod 38 arisaka in 6.5 has been sportrised good metal work but the one pc stock is amature wondering about the markings engraved jap wiyh the chrysanthemum on top of the action but a numaric sn stamped on the left side any ideas? i know pics would help but batts are dead try to post tomarrow pm any guess on the sn or value?

c3shooter 08-25-2011 03:04 AM

Tony- not an expert on these- military Serial numbers are not always unique- some repeated. The Mum being intact usually denotes a rifle captured in combat. Those surrendered at the end of the war had the Mum ground off (or defaced) to avoid shaming the emperor.

In general terms, a military rifle that has been sporterized now has a value as a shooter, not as a collectable- although some may be restorable, depending on the metal work done to it. The Arisaka has a rep as a strong action, 6.5 Jap is findable, but no longer cheap (milsurp ammo went away) recoil mild.

There will also likely be arsenal markings indicating which arsenal made it. Like THESE: Markings on Japanese Arisaka Rifles and Bayonets of World War II

Trez 08-25-2011 03:03 PM

How was it sporterized? If it still has the mum I would restore it if possible, as it was a battlefield pick up and very collectible. Japanese and U.S. soldiers defaced the mum as it was the seal of the Japanese Emperor.

If its not restorable, its still a fine rifle. According to Hachers notebook the Type 38 Arisaka was the strongest military bolt action made. It could not be overloaded to the point of blowing up the action, In another test a plug was welded into the barrel, the gun fired, and the barrel stretched and tore into two pieces, but the action was still serviceable and rebarreled.

I see sporterized Arisakas going for about $100-$200... But I wouldnt pay much more than $100. I only paid $200 for my Type 99 with the mum!

tonydewar 08-26-2011 01:41 AM

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tonydewar 08-26-2011 01:59 AM

looking it over the only thing i can find original is the recever any guess on value i can buy it for 200-250 but what would it cost to restore or to shoot (has the mum)damn another safe queen

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