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Japanese WWII Arisaka Type 99 Rifle Field Strip


– [Voiceover] Hey guys, this is Alex C with TFBTV. And this Friday we’re taking a look at one of my Grail rifles. I actually had been
looking for one of these for a very long time. This is an Arisaka type 99. And the reason it took
me so long to get one is because I wanted one with all the weird features. These actually came with some very strange stuff that we’ll get to in a second. But first, it is a
handsome rifle, I think. It handles very well. They’re nice and thin. The profile’s great, especially compared to the old type 38 long rifles. You can see the one on top’s a type 38. And with the type 30 bayonet, they are incredibly long. I believe in an excess of 50 inches. They’re about on par with the Lebel with the Rosalie bayonet. Keep in mind, your
average Japanese soldier was only 5’3″. So anyways, why it took so long for me to get one of these is I wanted one with the Imperial Chrysanthemum intact. In my experience, that
typically adds about oh I’d say about 30% to the rifle’s value. So I wanted the chrysanthemum. Most were ground off or destroyed by either soldiers of the US, part of an agreement,
or Japanese soldiers. Also, they came with
this strange dust cover. A lot of times, from what I’ve read, these dust covers were discarded because they are quite noisy. You can see me rattling it here. The contact metal on metal does kind of make some noticeable noise. The early ones also had a very unique airplane site setup. So, well, if you want
to see how these work, I’ll actually link to C&R sales’ video, where they do some great animation. But it’s a feature that was often mocked, but if you watch their video, you’ll kind of understand
why it was implemented. And, of course, they also had a monopod so a soldier could stabilize the rifle and take more precise, aimed shots. So all in all it has some
really cool features. And that’s why it took me so long is most of these don’t
have all the gadgets and the do-dads. Anyways, let’s get to the field strip. First of all, just like any mauser action, these are mauser drive actions. Pull the bolt to the rear. Pull the tab out that’s located on the ejector box and the bolt comes right out. You’re gonna wanna set that aside for sake keeping, of course. Next up, you’re going to
unhinge the floorplate. It is captive so you
don’t lose the floorplate, unlike the type 38 rifle. This will allow you to
clean the floorplate, maybe get to guts a little easier, if you wanna clean the inside under the bridge and all that, like I do. Just soak a whatever with CLP and get after it. But to disassemble a bolt, first of all, you’re gonna take off that weird dust cover. Make sure you set that aside because that is a serialized part and you don’t wanna lose
it if you have a type 99. Now, you’ll notice it is a mauser bolt. However, it is simplified. It doesn’t have the flag safety. Press on the back and rotate the safety out and off. And put that aside as well. Then you can remove the firing pin and the firing pin’s spring if you wanna put a little
bit of oil in there as well, like I did. So then you’re left with the bolt. If you’d like to remove the
mauser style clog extractor, rotate it off. Rotate clockwise. Pops right off there. So then your Arisaka bolt
is fully field stripped. There’s really not much to these rifles. They’re actually much
simpler than a mauser 98. However, they are cock on close. And there you go. There’s your bolt fully field stripped. All in all, very simple, very easy to do. Very cool rifles. Simpler than a mauser 98. However, it is cock on close. But the good thing is
that post-war studies actually show that these were the strongest bolt actions of the war. And a lot of people would argue these do-dads and the gadgets
along with the light weight and a chrome-like bore made this the best bolt action
of the second World War. So score one for mauser actions. Score one for the Japanese. But it was no match for the M1 garand. Anyways, I’m Alex C with TFBTV. I hope you enjoyed this field strip of the Arisaka type 99. Stay tuned for more. Also, big thanks to Grizzy
Targets and Venture Munitions for keeping this program afloat. Hope to see you next time, guys.

76 thoughts on “Japanese WWII Arisaka Type 99 Rifle Field Strip

  1. Interesting to see a fully complete arisaka not many videos of them out there! Keep up the Friday field strip series very cool so far

  2. This is exactly what I want out of a 99 … I have been looking since I was 19, and still haven't found one lol
    Glad to see that there's hope

  3. her Alex what Do YouTube think that the bayonet was worth IT in on the battlefield and Do YouTube think is Haß a future

  4. My buddy has one that his grandpa took. The crest is still there, so it the mono pod, and the bayonet, but not the dust cover.

  5. I have one of these too. Mine is lightly sporterized, but the mum is still there. Nice little rifle, but I don't reload so ammo is a problem.

  6. A few things. The bayonet frog on your bayonet is a British P1907 bayonet frog, not a Japanese one. Dust covers were not removed by Japanese soldiers! Every picture you see of these rifles have dust covers on them. The IJA NCOs would have beaten you for misplacing a part of the Emperor's rifle! Dust covers do not rattle easily either. They only make noise when you cycle the action which is after you fire the gun. Which is louder: the gunshot or the dust cover rattling? More so, a dust cover won't be anywhere near as noisy as your kit, canteen and your boots on the earth. So why are they so commonly missing? You're put one back on. It can be tricky to know how to do it at first. I'm also inclined to believe that the Japanese were scrapping parts like those very late in the war. They had warehouses full of rifles and it was those warehouses that were raided by souvenir hunters after the surrender.

    Also, an intact mum really doesn't add much value to a rifle. It makes the rifle sell quicker, but it rarely adds much dollar amount. An intact mum is nothing rare. It's about 50/50 have them and don't have them. When it does really add value is the exceptional condition ones and/or rare varations.

  7. I have a type 99 and type 38( carbine), type 99 had the mum, the 38 did not, but then again its nice to have examples of both. Both guns were all matching numbers but both were missing one part!- The dust covers. This was unfortunate, however we got original replacements fitted on the guns now, which makes them complete in my eyes, love them, so nice to operate, even though the ammo is hard to come by in the UK. took us 8 months to find the components to shoot them, however now that we have that sorted, they both shoot great!

  8. I picked up a Bubba'd Type 99 a couple years ago at a pawn shop for only $95. I'm in the process of restoring it, I paid much more for the stocks than the rifle itself.

  9. This makes me regret selling mine so bad. You didn't mention anything about the 7.7 cartridge which is interesting since its basically a British .303 projectile in an 8mm Mauser cartridge case. Great video, keep up the good work!

  10. Great great video! Proud owner of a type 38 carbine. I wonder if the type 99's have the same oversized chamber though. Not a lot of fun to handload for these and it isn't smooth on extraction.

  11. You mind if I ask where you found it at? Been looking for that exact rifle in the exact condition, was wondering if there is a good place to look that I don't know about. Not too into Gunbroker and I check Simpson Ltd and Liberty Tree constantly.

  12. had an awesome one I just sold like a idiot. very sweet gun but I don't reload and 7.7 Japanese is very difficult to find unless you reload and can make em out of necked down 30-06 brass. they are very cool

  13. I swear this is the best Firearms channel on YouTube. and that isn't easy, because there's great channels like NutnFancy, IraqVeteran8888 etc.

  14. I fired an Type 99 Arisaka with it's 7.7 Arisaka made by Hornady or some company when I was in America and I'll say that the action is one of the smoothest of all straight handle bolt action. It recoils as much as the 30.06 and to me, it looks cooler than the M1903 but a lot so if you have a chance to fire it, go ahead.

  15. My local gunstore has like 7 of these things varying from prewar to last ditch, but neither they nor the internet seem capable of selling me some damned ammo for the thing.

  16. Ive got a type 99 war trophy. Has shrapnel in the top hand guard. Complete except for dust cover. But it was unsafe to fire, the barrel was pitted soooo bad and the bolt had a crack. Don't hate me, I had it deactivated so it can hang on my wall legally. Handling in is a treat the ergonomics and the sights suit me. Now I am on the hunt for a functional one.

  17. Nice video guys. I have a type 99 that was my Father-in-laws trophy bring-back from the battle of Okinawa. He's passed on, but he was one hell of an interesting guy. He's the only WWII vet I've ever spoken to who fought in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was in the Navy serving on a Patrol Boat when the Seabees were formed. Being an Engineer by trade, he jumped at the chance to join the Seabees and ended up in the Pacific, just in time for the battle of Okinawa. His experiences there gave him very vivid and violent nightmares up until the day he died. Unfortunately, a couple of his Grandkids got ahold of the rifle and somehow damaged the action. I can get the bolt open, but getting it closed again takes some major finagling with the bolt and the safety. Overall, the gun seems to be in pretty fair shape with a nice bore, intact AA sight, matching serial numbers and chrysanthemum stamp, but it's missing the dust cover, mono-pod and cleaning rod. It's definitely not one of the poorly made models from later in the war. I've thought about taking it to a gunsmith for repair, but since the ammo's unavailable, it's just a nice looking wall hanger. I'll always proudly display it as a tribute to him, but it's a piece of history and when I pass on, it will eventually be passed down to those same Grandchildren who caused the original damage.

  18. The dust covers were not discarded; that's a common myth. Every single picture of a Japanese soldier from WW2 I've seen has a Type 38 or Type 99 rifle with the dust cover still on it.

  19. How sure are you these were chromed lined? My Grandfather left me one he brought back and it has significant pitting in the bore.

  20. Nice to see the details. It really is a well thought out design. Question,what is the objection to cock on close? For that matter,what is the advantage of cock on open? Is there an advantage? Cheers.

  21. My great grandfather had one of these, but his brother cut the grip down to turn it into a hunting rifle (it even had the imperial thing and the anti-aircraft sight) 😛

  22. +TFB TV I just found your channel and am really enjoying it. I'm glad to see someone else appreciate the Arisaka. I've got a Type 99 Sniper Variant. I inherited it from my grandpa when he died. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a scope, but it does have the serialized bolt. It seems like something you'd be interested in. I'd be glad to send you some photos of it if you are. Thanks again for the videos.

  23. I have an Arisaka type 99 with the chrysanthemum but the "wings" (as I call it) of airplane sight and the cleaning rod is missing.

  24. Anyone who says the Japanese soldiers discarded their dust covers because of the racket they made when cycling the bolt, obviously never took into consideration how deafening the sound of battle can be. It can get incredibly loud with all the small arms fire, bombardments, men yelling and screaming, etc.

    Try this: get out your Arisaka fitted with the dust cover and bring a couple of couple of your friends armed over at the shooting range. Have everyone fire down the range at the same time time, and repeat this with the camera–for best results, use an audio system that dampens the sound much like the human ear would–set at various of ranges from 100 meters to 50 meters, 30 meters, etc. Let's see how well we'll hear the dust cover. Optional: conduct the test without hearing protection just to get a better sense of how the soldiers felt in combat.
    I'll even subscribe to your channel just for that.

  25. Love how i've never touched, or even seen a real gun in person, yet i ended up watching this, and i know how to field-strip a M1911 and an AK-74 xD

  26. would you be able to do a ballistic gel test on the 7.7 type 99 with new ammo vs the old surplus ammo (if you can find any surplus) i heard that the old ammo was made to tumble on impact because the way it was made. i have seen lots of video about shooting them but never how the bullets act on a target.

  27. Do you think type 99's will still be available when I turn 18? There's so much people sporterizing them that I'm afraid I'll pay a hefty price when I'm old enough to purchase one.

  28. Have you seen M1 in dust and mud tests? There can be circumstances where you might be better off with the Arisaka just for that dust cover and manual-operation that'll allow it to keep working at all. M1 type actions (Garand, M1 Carbine, M14, Mini-14, etc) are so vulnerable to debris they can't even be manually cycled, they need to be completely disassembled in a clean environment, brushed down, and re-assembled.
    But I guess that's the trade-off, higher rate of fire for the increased risk of the rifle going completely out of action.

  29. Can you please do a review of those Medalist safes? I'd like to know how you have them configured for long gun set up as I'm considering getting one to house all my milsurp rifles. Sorry if this is a privacy infringement.

  30. Awesome Channel! I love TFB TV!

    I am sure you have heard this a million times already, but I really gotta make a comment about the dust covers. Ian from forgotten weapons (a channel you have mentioned as well) does state that the whole dust cover being tossed due to noise is mostly a myth,

    The reality is that these dust covers were mostly ditched by G.I.s who brought them home. Same goes for the monopods.

    The rifle was property of the emperor – and the Japanese werent stupid when it came to their bolt action rifles – so if the dust covers were noisy or even dangerous to the soldier, they would have quit wasting resources to manufacture them.

    But anyways… Murika! WOO!

  31. I see Type 99s pop up in gun stores. Only problem, most of the time, they are "sportnized." Why the hell do people cut and grind parts of a classic vintage military rifle?

  32. Okay, time to educate those who may not know much about the "gizmos" on these rifles.

    1) The sliding action of the dust covers are indeed noisy, but compared to firing the rifle off in a fire fight in close quarters, the sound of a stamped sheet dust cover in the heat of battle is negligible and when the bolt is in battery the dust cover shouldn't make any sounds at all. That's why dust covers are serialized to the serial number or assembly number of the rifle itself, they were carefully hand fitted at the arsenal to make sure they don't rattle in the grooves when the bolt is closed.

    2) The Japanese soldiers didn't discard any parts of their rifle, the rifle was the Emperor's personal property and removing and discarding any components is very, very dishonorable to do and it sticks to your soldierly records (if you survived the war that is). At the end of the war, early 99s and 38s that were surrendered had all the parts the rifle was issued with, and it was Grandfather Private Bubba who took a rifle from the stack or pile and discarded the extra "weird" parts to a rifle that he thought was silly and unnecessary. 70 years later he kicks himself in the ass for his actions because he could have gotten more when he sold the rifle to an interested collector. Most reasons why 38s and early 99s don't have their original dust covers, is because when they toyed and played with their new war souvenir or booty, they took the bolt out to take a look at it and on reassembly they couldn't figure out how the dust cover came back on. So they chucked them and left them behind.

    I've gotten my information from two Japanese (one a rifle factory worker at Nagoya and the other an IJA corporal who was caught chucking his dust cover away and his NCO punished him by humiliation in front of his comrades) and one American gentlemen who I chatted with over the years. The American lived in my town who fought with the 5th Marines as a mortar crewman on Iwo Jima who was bayoneted in the arm by the very rifle he took home with, a 2nd series Nagoya with monopod, rear sight wings, and matching dust cover intact he had shown me one day with the bayonet which had pitted some from his own blood. The old Marine told me when others in his mortar crew found 38s and 99s to take home at the end of the battle, he noticed his buddies had tried to put the bolt back together with the dust cover, grew inpatient and didn't bother to put them back on after they said screw it. All three have passed on at this point now, but boy did they told some amazing stories about how they survived the war. Its good to get the information straight from the source when you can. =)

  33. Is it common for Arisaka rifles (Specifically Type 38 and 99) to have matching serial numbers? I cant really find any solid info online :/

  34. just picked up one with all those features: mum, dust cover, monopod, airplane sights. got it for $500. now if I can only find some ammo for it

  35. In spite of the simplicity of the Arisaka bolt I'm amazed of how many rifles I see missing their safeties, firing pins and mainsprings .

  36. I have one of these that my grandfather took from a soldier when he was shot down. But the strap is destroyed and i am looking for one online. I have it now and want to put it in a shadow box with his metals and also he has silk flag he took that has written also from the solider

  37. I came across an unmolested 23rd series Kokura arsenal type 99 on accident last week. A friend of my local FFL dealer was considering putting it up for consignment and had just decided an hour before I walked in to go ahead and sell it. Ive been looking for this gun for 10 years, Its in my safe now 🙂

  38. Up here in Canada My bestfriends grandfather died a few months back I was looking at his guns and in the corner was a 30-06 semiautomatic rifle he used over seas and one of this Japanese bolt guns and it is 100% what you have here even has the markings of the flower symbol and has a bunch of Japanese on it.. was said he took it from the someone he had killed

  39. A purchased a good example of one of these from 1943 for about $375, it was missing the monopod, cleaning rod, dust cover, and anti-air sights. I’ve put a reproduction cleaning rod and monopod in it, but haven’t found the aircraft sights and didn’t put a dust cover on because that’s numbered. Then a year or two later I saw a “last ditch” 1945 arisaka and looked awful, and the guy wanted $600 for it. Glad I got mine.

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