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Old December 20, 2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Japanese Arisaka 38 cleaning rod

How do you get the cleaning rod to release, I've tried screwing it out but it just spins in place.
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Old December 20, 2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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I've noticed this on my recently acquired type 99 as well. never thought to ask as I have a 30 cal bore snake that works just fine.
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Old December 20, 2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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If I remember correctly (my Type 38 is in Pennsylvania, I'm in Virginia) on the underside of the barrel there's tab like device a couple of inches back from the front iron/bayonet lug.

Push that in while pulling the rod.
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Old December 20, 2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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I just checked my type 99, it does have that setup, really easy to miss if you don't know what to look for, thanks mike.
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Old December 20, 2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Like some of the older Mausers, that latch is dual purpose. Pushed in part way, it releases the cleaning rod; pushed in further, it releases the upper band.

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Old December 20, 2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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Thanks, it worked. I pushed the metal strip (end closest to the bayonet lug) and out it came.
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