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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:08 pm 
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I have a rifle that was recently handed down to me from my great grandfather. It's a series 7 Type 99 Nagoya arsenal Arisaka. I've checked all the markings on the receiver, etc. and I know what they all mean, but there's a marking on the stock that was done in paint. I have no idea what it means and everywhere I look leads me no where. I'll put up some pictures if I'm able to from my phone but if not I'll get on a computer later and do it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:19 pm 
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It is a rack number. Where it was stored in the rack.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:14 pm 
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Any idea what it means exactly? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:36 pm 
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doubt its a rack number. i think its more of a squad/unit marking than anything else.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:38 pm 
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It says 6

The upper says 6 in japeneese
The bottom says 6 in everything else.

It means it was stored in slot number 6 in a rack someplace.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:53 pm 
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hmm....i bow to your superior knowledge. a non school rifle with a rack number. i guess there is a first for anything. by the way, that kana symbol has more than one meaning just look at the 5th series mark, the very same thing that is painted on the stock. by the time the 7th series rolled out, Japan was in need of all weapons, but i guess there might have been enough to stick on a rack somewhere and paint numbers on them.


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And also most of them in the US were obtained post war during the occupation, imported in the 50's and early 60's
So most of what you see is more them likely applied post war.
painted stuff on stocks normaly only last days to hours in the field.
I will stick with a storage number.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:30 pm 
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can you then explain why almost all known Japanese stock markings are painted in white and in Japanese hand? western hand writing cannot duplicate complicated kana characters. many of the period painted markings can be found on series 7 stocks as well as earlier rifles too. i have studied these rifles for many years and have yet to see rack numbers on any other rifles than school rifles. a series 7 in no way was a school rifle.


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can you then explain why almost all known Japanese stock markings are painted in white and in Japanese hand? western hand writing cannot duplicate complicated kana characters. many of the period painted markings can be found on series 7 stocks as well as earlier rifles too. i have studied these rifles for many years and have yet to see rack numbers on any other rifles than school rifles. a series 7 in no way was a school rifle.

I'll post a picture of the entire rifle. It's not a "last" last ditch but it's about midway.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:30 pm 
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Burner wrote:
And also most of them in the US were obtained post war during the occupation, imported in the 50's and early 60's
So most of what you see is more them likely applied post war.
painted stuff on stocks normaly only last days to hours in the field.
I will stick with a storage number.

Not possible. It's a war bringback. He was awarded a little after the war for destroying minefields... They said they clipped the firing pin but they didn't. :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:46 pm 
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It says 6

The upper says 6 in japeneese
The bottom says 6 in everything else.

It means it was stored in slot number 6 in a rack someplace.

I brought that picture to a Japanese teacher and he said it was nothing he knew.


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Well we may never really know then.
It just may be a unit marking of some kind then.

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very nice late series 7 rifle with the thin buttplate and non-grooved stock. I'm going to bet that this rifle may have a nose cap made for a rod, but the stock was more than likely never drilled or inletted for one. very nice rifle! i collect these series 7s and i really like the later ones.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:29 am 
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t94nambu wrote:
very nice late series 7 rifle with the thin buttplate and non-grooved stock. I'm going to bet that this rifle may have a nose cap made for a rod, but the stock was more than likely never drilled or inletted for one. very nice rifle! i collect these series 7s and i really like the later ones.

Spot on! Haha that really puzzled me I thought the cleaning rod had broken inside the hole. But I took the cap off a while ago and noticed it wasn't even drilled.j


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:43 am 
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really cool rifle. keep me in mind if you ever want it to find a new home!


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