Is my rifle authentic or a fake? toyo kogyo series 34 forex groove, right hand twist, .
Primary infantry rifle for the Imperial Japanese Army during World War 2. Check for matching serial numbers on left side of receiver and the last 3 digits of the serial number on the bolt shroud, bolt body, firing pin and extractor. The Arisaka T99 was the much anticipated replacement of the earlier 6. 5mm T38 infantry rifle in use since before WW1.
Initially, both T99 Long rifles and T99 rifles were produced with the shorter of the two being intended for cavalry. Early on, rifles were made with sliding action covers, a folding monopod, anti-aircraft sighting arms on the rear sight, chrome lined bore and chrome plated bolt face. As the war progressed, supplies of suitable ordnance steel dwindled and the need for rifles increased dramatically. Gradually, early features were deleted and the level of finish applied to the rifles decreased. The rifle pictured here is a very early 33rd series rifle from the Toyo Kogyo factory in Hiroshima. 400 workers died and the factory never made firearms again. Today the factory is owned by Mazda Motors.
Serial number observations indicate Toyo Kogyo made the switch from transitional T99 production to Substitute standard production within the first 9,000 or so rifles of the 33rd series, making this rifle one of the last transitional rifles they ever produced. In the pictures you can see that cosmetic finishes were pretty much a non-issue at this point on all non-critical surfaces. Aside from the ground chrysanthemum, this rifle is in excellent condition or a rifle of its type. The stock, like all T99 rifles, is made of two pieces, with the toe of the butt spliced on. The finish is a reddish varnish called Urushi. Urushi is a powerful skin irritant in dust form.
This stock retain the early war thick butt plate. The vast majority of rifles the collector will encounter have defaced chrysanthemum markings. This is because upon Japanese surrender in 1945, soldiers in the field were ordered to deface these markings so as not to dishonor the emperor and also because Gen. Macarthur issued orders that the same be done to all officially captured rifles. Interesting that there were 750 Aldis scopes on hand in 1917 unfitted to rifles. Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the car manufacturer.