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    Default How do I ID a WW II Japanese Rifle

    I just got a Rifle from my grandfathers collection. My father told me that my grandfather got it off a Japanese soilder in the south pacific during WWII. The rifle has Japanese markings on it and also has a ground off spot that I was told is where the setting sun was but was ground off on all captured Jap rifles.

    I am not sure where to look for markings or what markings are important.
    Any help to ID this rifle would be great as I know nothing about WWII Jap rifles!

    I will post photos as soon as I can
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    Post some pictures of the markings on the side of the receiver so we can tell you the model, series and arsenal. do you know what caliber it is in, beware jap rifles are addicting.

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    I'm at the edge of my understand about this subject but will take a second to answer because in the spring this year I visited Gartman Arms Co in Wrentham.

    Anyway, I was looking for an old milsurp rifle and an older gentlemen (Benko I'm told is his name) showed me around. He brought me some old WW2 rifles he said were from Japan. One thing I remember him pointing out was that before U.S. soldiers could bring them home as war trophies they had to remove the rising sun symbol from them. He pointed out one with the rising sun symbol still visible and said they were very rare in that condition. Normally that symbol was ground off he said. Sounds like your fathers. If I remember correctly the rising sun symbol was right near the bolt lever and centered when the bolt was down.

    Not much to go on but my 2 cents on the subject. That gun shop was amazing and the owner was very knowledgable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrowj View Post
    I'm at the edge of my understand about this subject but will take a second to answer because in the spring this year I visited Gartman Arms Co in Wrentham.

    Anyway, I was looking for an old milsurp rifle and an older gentlemen (Benko I'm told is his name) showed me around. He brought me some old WW2 rifles he said were from Japan. One thing I remember him pointing out was that before U.S. soldiers could bring them home as war trophies they had to remove the rising sun symbol from them. He pointed out one with the rising sun symbol still visible and said they were very rare in that condition. Normally that symbol was ground off he said. Sounds like your fathers. If I remember correctly the rising sun symbol was right near the bolt lever and centered when the bolt was down.

    Not much to go on but my 2 cents on the subject. That gun shop was amazing and the owner was very knowledgable.


    Actually it was the chrysanthemum stamping (symbol of the Emperor), that were ground off.

    http://www.gunboards.com/sites/banza...MissingMum.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramx50 View Post
    I just got a Rifle from my grandfathers collection. My father told me that my grandfather got it off a Japanese soilder in the south pacific during WWII. The rifle has Japanese markings on it and also has a ground off spot that I was told is where the setting sun was but was ground off on all captured Jap rifles.

    I am not sure where to look for markings or what markings are important.
    Any help to ID this rifle would be great as I know nothing about WWII Jap rifles!

    I will post photos as soon as I can
    FYI: Ground off mums (as in chrysanthemums and not setting suns) usually indicated that the rifle was captured as part of the general surrender and not a battlefield prize. The Japanese to save face ground the mum down as surrender became imminent. These were processed and distributed as souvenirs to GIs while the rifles individual soldiers took as battlefield prizes will usually have the mum (since the guy holding it likely didn't have time to ground it down before succumbing to his wounds...).
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    There are quite a few models of Jap rifles that were used between WWI and WWII. Pictures will definitely be a big help here.

    Yeah, the 'mum (chrysanthemum) was ground off surrendered weapons at the end of the war because it represented the emperor. The examples found today with the 'mum are usually ones that were "battle-captured" during the war. There was no opportunity to deface the symbol.

    This is one of the best sources of information on Jap rifles. You can probably find it cheaper if you look around, or buy used from Amazon:

    http://www.ajarmsbooksellers.com/cgi-bin/ajarms/1247

    And when you finally identify which model you have, check out the market value here:

    http://www.fo.com/cr-buds/prices.asp

    Good luck, and post those pics soon!
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    Ok here are some photos I took. The only numbers I found on the receiver are 66069 but their are two symbols, one before and one after the numbers.

















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    Quote Originally Posted by ramx50 View Post
    Ok here are some photos I took. The only numbers I found on the receiver are 66069 but their are two symbols, one before and one after the numbers.
    Did you check the links I posted? You'll be able to ID the rifle and decipher the symbols.
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    When I was in Barnes and Noble last week checking out the magazines there was a military surplus rifle type magazine and they had an article on Japanese rifles. Might want to kill 15 minutes there and see if its worth buying the magazine.
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