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Old April 27, 2013, 10:32 AM   #25
Que
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Some years back a neighbor of a good buddy of mine ended up with the same type of rifle. Although I had an Arisaka I had no idea what it was so my buddy and I researched it. What the OP has is an Arisaka paratrooper. The key to function and value for this rifle is that the front half and back half are original to each other. The two halves are hand fitted to one another and mismatches are a huge issue as to function and value. A matching rifle is a very valuable rifle. A mismatched rifle will have serious issues as to proper function and will basically be a wallhanger. My buddy's neighbor's paratrooper was a mismatch. I don't recall how we determined that, whether it was by serial number or some other mark.
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