Arisaka Type 99 numbers

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by medalguy, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    I was just given an Arisaka Type 99 rifle by my son, who picked it up at a garage sale. My question revolves around a serial number stamped on the left side of the receiver in arabic numbers. There is what appears to be a shield of some type before the 5 digit number and four interlocking circles following the numbers. Seems to me the number should be in Japansese characters, right? Are these importers numbers or what? Thanks for any information.
  2. CHW2021

    CHW2021 Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Louisiana The markings and numbers you refer to are the arsenal and production numbers, they are somewhat confusing for the Arisaka rifle as they are in a range of production blocks based on the Japanese year of the Emperor.

  3. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Thanks for the information. This is the first Japanese rifle I've ever owned and was somewhat surprised to see arabic numbers on the side. I expected the SN to be in Japanese characters. I appreciate the links and information.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    The Japanese, then and now, use both number systems, and there seems no real rhyme or reason as to which is used where. I know of no use of the Japanese numbering for serial numbers of weapons, but the model "Type" numbers are always Japanese.

    I have never been in Japan, but have been told that it is (or at least was) common for stores to display prices in both "arabic" numbers and Japanese. The latter was a lower price and that is what you paid if you could read the Japanese numbers; if you couldn't, you paid the higher price. I laughed MAO at that story; really neat.

Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Curio & Relics Forum Arisaka Type 38 Carbine Apr 14, 2016
Curio & Relics Forum Question regarding a Arisaka Type 99 Mar 4, 2014
Curio & Relics Forum type 99 arisaka score Sep 26, 2012
Curio & Relics Forum Arisaka Type 99 Rifle... Sep 21, 2009
Curio & Relics Forum Japanese Arisaka Type 99 - 7.7x58mm caliber May 1, 2008