View Full Version : Arisaka Rifle? 6.5mm

September 2, 2010, 09:42 PM
I've got an attic find and it does not quite fit with models I can find with Google or Wikipedia.

It appears to be a Arisaka 6.5mm Model ???

Total Length 41.5" butt to muzzle
Measured muzzle bore 6.35mm
No marking other than shown in photos


September 2, 2010, 11:34 PM
Interesting! I have never seen an Arisaka with that type of rear sight. Almost looks like a Springfield sight mounted on an Arisaka. Anyway, your rifle is a Type 38 that has been sporterized and modified. Heavily sporterized.

September 3, 2010, 07:19 AM
Thank you. That would have been my best guess.

I'm no gun buff, I just enjoy target shooting but what is with the total lack of markings?

Jim Watson
September 3, 2010, 07:28 AM
Bubba cut the stock down and mounted 1903A3 sights, front and rear.
Interesting, there are a lot of cut down surplus rifles but the last thing done to them is new sights. Of course everybody wants a scope now.

Total lack of markings?
It has the serial number and arsenal stamp.
The imperial chrysanthemum was removed from surrendered rifles to protect the emperor's dignity or some such heathen superstition. May have knocked off other markings on the receiver ring along with it.

James K
September 3, 2010, 02:50 PM
It probably started out as a Type 38 rifle as indicated by the two gas escape holes. The receiver ring was polished down, probably to remove the unsightly grinder marks where the "mum" was removed. Then M1903A3 sights were installed, though the range settings on the rear sight would be nowhere near correct for the 6.5 Japanese.

While there has been considerable collector interest in Japanese arms in recent years, that rifle has no value except as a shooter.

If you want to fire it, I strongly recommend having a gunsmith do a chamber cast to make sure it is still in the original caliber.


September 5, 2010, 03:13 AM
I agree with Jim Keenan, check the chamber before firing. A lot of those sporters were re-cut to 6.5 x .257.

September 11, 2010, 05:51 PM
Great deer rifle.