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Old 01-12-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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My uncle has an early model of an arisaka rifle. All we know is that it is japanese in orgin, and that it seems to have seen it's share of use. How much would one of these be worth in "fair"condition? (By the way, it is pre WWII in manufacture)

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
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If it has the imperial mum intact, it will be worth more than one ground off after the war. You'd probably get about $150 for one in "fair" condition. I've seen ones like that for around $250 at local gun shows.

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thanks scott g. ill look more into the serial number, from when he let me see it the serial number was still there.

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They wouldn't necessarily remove the serial number. They ground off the imperial mum, the insignia of the emperor. Like this pic taken from Wikipedia

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I've seen "fair" condition models at pawn shops for $150. I think only the pristine ones will fetch a pretty penny.

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They wouldn't necessarily remove the serial number. They ground off the imperial mum, the insignia of the emperor. Like this pic taken from Wikipedia

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Ah, I see. I'll have to ask him to send me pictures of it. When I looked at it, the only scratched part was the wooden stock and a couple on the barrel, I'll double check and post some pictures.
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For some reason, original bayonets are harder to find than the rifle.

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For some reason, original bayonets are harder to find than the rifle.
like cleaning rods for the mauser, some accessories are more rare than the firearms they belonged to...
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True. Somewhere is a warehouse, and some guy is looking at a crate of metal sticks, thinking "Wonder what these were for?"

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like cleaning rods for the mauser, some accessories are more rare than the firearms they belonged to...
The cleaning rods for German WWII mausers were discarded by the USSR in order to make them fit treaty obligations after the war. They just threw them away and changed some screws to allow them to be kept according to arms agreements. That's why authentic rods are hard to find.
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