Kokura Arsenal Arisaka Type 38 - sn 0031xxx
Japanese Arisaka Type 38 rifle, produced at the Kokura Arsenal sometime during 1939-1940. Good condition with 60% finish. 2/5 Bore (heavily worn rifling, mild pitting throughout). 4/5 Stock.
Imperial seal (Chrysanthemum) is present over the chamber but has two strikes over it.
The chamber is stamped with 文三八式. The last three kanji of 三八式 is expected, and indicates the model (38 model/type). However the additional kanji of 文 (short for 文部省, or Ministry of Education) is an indicator that the rifle is a drill or training rifle. Kokura Arsenal stamp also found on top of the mum, which is an additional indicator that the rifle is no longer a military rifle. The 文 stamp is lighter than the other three kanji and the bolt does have its two locking lugs, meaning that rather than being built as a trainer, which used lesser materials and cannot fire real ammunition, this was originally a battle rifle that was taken out of service at some point to be used as a drill/training rifle. The barrel is fully rifled.
On the right side of the stock, there are remnants of writing or some other marking in white paint at the butt. Multiple light gouges along the comb. Mild gouge at the forward end of the grip and mild gouging below the ejection port. On the left side of the stock, there are multiple light gouges in front of the rear sling mount and mild gouging on the edge of the finger groove. Handguard has a heavy pressure mark before the rear barrel band.
Receiver has heavy finish wear along the top side. Heavy patina on both barrel bands and the barrel. Heavy finish wear and patina throughout the trigger guard and floor plate.
No dust cover. Includes cleaning rod.
C&R eligible. Not import engraved.
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