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emsfire Member Posts: 203 ✭✭✭
edited April 2018 in Ask the Experts
Came upon a guy selling a Type 99 Arisaka. I asked for some pictures of the rifle and the receiver has markings I have yet to see on one of these rifles. It has the usual Type 99 in Japanese characters but right above it it says 1946 and a weird German Iron Cross symbol. HELP! What does this mean?
Helped the South Koreans, by providing ex Japanese rifles. Never was aware, of any of them marked like the one in your photo though? The ones that I'm aware of were Parkerized, rechambered to 30-06, and marked 30-06. Being yours is dated 1946, it might be one of the first ones issued, to the South Koreans? As the war had just ended, the previous year.
The strange marking on the receiver, is where the Japanese Emperors chrysanthemum marking is located. It's very common, to find captured Japanese rifles with the mum defaced. The EX Japanese rifles sent to South Korea were reworked in Japan. No way were the Japanese going to send their rifles with the Emperors mum to the South Koreans. IMHO.
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