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The Arisaka Type 99 (九九式短小銃, 99shiki-tan-syoujuu) was a bolt-action rifle used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the World War II.


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Arisaka type 99

One of the disadvantages of Arisaka Type 38 was that the small caliber bullet shot (6.5x50 Arisaka) Was not considered sufficiently effective as anti - bullet material. The Imperial Japanese Army Type 99 developed based on the Type 38, but in 7.70 mm caliber . The Type 99 was produced in nine distinct stockpiles . Seven of these were located in Japan, while the other two were in Mukden (China) And Jinsen (Korea).

The Imperial Japanese Army completely intended to replace the Type 38 Type 99 by the end of the Sino-Japanese War but the bursting of the WWII it became impossible to completely replace the Type 38 and therefore both models were used during the war. The rifles of the late war are sometimes called Last Defense or Surrogate standard due to very rough finish . These are usually so crude as rifles Mauser K98k produced in 1945.

The Type 99 was produced in four versions, the standard Type 99 Short Rifle, the Type 99 Long Rifle (a variant of limited production), the Type 2 Paratrooper Rifle (removable in two sections) and the Type 99 Sniper Rifle. The standard rifle monopod also had a wire and antiaircraft up. The Type 99 rifle was the first mass-produced infantry who had a gun with chrome bore for easy cleaning and durability. These features were discarded halfway through war.


The Arisaka, like the Springfield 1903, was based on the basic design of the German Mauser, albeit with local modifications. Your bolt is cocked on closing, which improved the rate of fire against the Mauser design is cocked on opening. It had a quick release latch and rising anti-aircraft and a rotary cover latch and a monopod . The cover of the bolt was particularly highly problematic, as many soldiers simply thrown away. The original versions of this rifle are highly resistant consiedaradas as weapons, taking one of the strongest mechanisms drawers of any military rifle of its time. As a bolt-action rifle, the Type 99 was a very strong weapon, but was completely overtaken by semiautomatic rifles employed by the U.S. in the Pacific Front .

The bayonet of the Type 99 had a very long and thin blade with grooves to provide rigidity. Early models had a guard on a hook. These were fixed bayonets on a ridge under the barrel and were stabilized by a ring that fits around the muzzle. Disassembled, were used as a machete.


  • Arisaka-99

    7mm Arisaka Type 99 rifle and bayonet in scabbard; bolt cover removed.

    Arisaka 7.7x58
  • Overal Length: 1150mm
  • Barrel Length: 620mm
  • Weight: 4.05 kg
  • Magazine Capacity: 5 Rounds

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