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Arisaka type 38 (No series)

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Arisaka type 38 (No series)

#1 Post by 26Intrepid » Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:24 pm

I have a question that I’m hoping somebody can shed some light on. I recently purchased an Arisaka type 38 at an auction for $300.00. I didn’t inspect the firearm too much before I bid because... it has an original sling (Perfect condition), and original dustcover (Perfect condition), and an original, green, plastic muzzle cover (Also in perfect condition). Just those 3 items alone (In my opinion is worth the $300).. so I bid a max of $300 and surprisingly I won.

After I got home, I began to inspect it and began the disassemble process. I noticed that the last three digits of the serial number on the receiver (#XXXX194) didn’t match the visible three digits on the front barrel band or bolt (#493). After I disassembled the rifle, I began to noticed that every single part on this rifle was numbered #493... bolt, safety, extractor, front barrel band lug, rear sight, dustcover, upper tang, lower tang, magazine well, trigger guard, trigger, stock, handguard, etc.... after cleaning the barrel, I saw 3 numbers on the bottom of the receiver... wouldn’t you know? #493!.... every numbered part on this rifle matches except the last 3 digits of the serial number on the receiver and the floor plate (#5782). So here is my question... is the #493 an assembly number? I’ve never seen this on an Arisaka before... one would think the last 3 digits of the serial number would be correct. Not on this rifle!

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Re: Arisaka type 38 (No series)

#2 Post by slowbob2 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:58 pm

Early T-38's were matched by the assembly number .

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Re: Arisaka type 38 (No series)

#3 Post by 26Intrepid » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:53 pm

That’s what I figured... thanks!

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Re: Arisaka type 38 (No series)

#4 Post by Geokop » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:39 am

It's not uncommon that the floor plate doesn't match since it's removable from the rifle and can be dropped/lost or mixed with one from another rifle.
The T99 rifle had a floor plate that was hinged on one end and just pivoted down out of the way for cleaning but was not readily removable, solving that problem.
Congrats on your purchase!

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Re: Arisaka type 38 (No series)

#5 Post by 26Intrepid » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:18 pm

Thank you!!

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