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Old September 6, 2004, 04:02 PM   #1
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Relative date of T38 Arisaka Manufacture

Does anyone know how to estimate the date of manufacture of a T38 Arisaka? Fomr this page: http://www.radix.net/~bbrown/japanese_markings.html, I have determined that it is a Tokyo manufacture, no series marking, with a S/N of about 950000
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Old September 8, 2004, 02:48 AM   #2
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I have sent, by separate email, what I have on the Arisaka

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Old September 8, 2004, 11:36 AM   #3
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Thanks! I've been looking for some information like that about the Arisakas. It seems to me that they are some of the lesser documented guns.
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Old September 8, 2004, 12:14 PM   #4
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Problem is, the Type 38 was made, in almost unchanged form, for nearly 40 years. Probably more than 15 million were made, even though that site says 6.5 million. I think that figure is dramatically low.

It was not uncommon for the serial numbers to be repeated, so pinning down a date of manufacture can be almost impossible.

You can get a clue as to relative date of manufacture from the quality of the materials. Things started to go downhill fairly quickly after 1939 as Japan became more and more pressed.
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Old September 8, 2004, 04:42 PM   #5
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I am thinking that it was before 1932, as it has no series. I don't have another one to compare it to. Anyway, I don't know if this helps at looking at the craftsmenship, but here are some pics:








Sorry I don't have one of the serial number. I lost that when my computer died, and the gun is about 500 miles away right now.
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