Japanese Arisaka RifleI’ve been taught that you do not sell guns, you buy guns. While many of my peers buy and sell guns so they can experience every type of gun as they “upgrade” what they have, I tend to disagree. I live by a completely different model where I see these rifles and pistols as investments and eventual items I will pass onto my children.

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Inheriting a Japanese Arisaka Type 99 RifleĀ 

Recent events in my wife’s family lead to us going through my father-in-laws possessions to help clean out his house to get it ready to sell. As we were going through his gun safe we found 2 old rifles and an old shotgun. In my 10 years in the family these guns have never been shot, so who knows how long since they actually have not been shot. The shotgun was an old break action Winchester. One of the rifles was an old .22 lever action rifle and the last rifle was a Japanese Arisaka Type 99 Rifle from WWII. In talking to my father-in-law about it, his father, my wife’s grandfather, served in WWII over in the Pacific and picked up the rifle off a fallen Japanese man.

Japanese Arisaka Rifle

I did some digging around as well as talked to my father-in-law again and found out the rifle was almost entirely original except for the stock. It was all banged up and broken so when his father brought it back to the states he had the stock replaced. The gun has literally been sitting in safe for a few decades since my wife’s grandfather passed away. The quality of this gun is very evident as soon as you pick it up.

Although we still need to get it chamber cast to know it exactly, it looks like it was rechambered to .300 Savage. From what I have been told the gun shoots very well and is a cool addition to the armory. I am excited to go and relive some American history with this heirloom rifle.

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