Arisaka T99 "Last Ditch" Markings

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  1. wbihsnp

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    Here a few more pictures, hope they are of some use:
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  2. Old Guns

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    That does look like a cast receiver with an extended barrel. It is not a standard type 99. I can't help you with the markings. I think these guns are on the rare side.
     

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    This is what my Arisaka can do at around 100 yards 20171021_174113.jpg 20161124_120320.jpg
     
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    You have a type 99 Special Navel Rifle. The below is copy from a website. Some believe these are unsafe and others think they are safe.

    The Japanese Navy manufactured a version of the Type 99 with a cast iron receiver. This was the Naval Special Type 99 Rifle. A 26 9/16" barreled rifle & 21 5/8" carbine were produced. Not only the receiver but all the bands were cast iron. The chamber of the barrel was enlarged & the locking recess for the bolt was machined into the barrel. This kept the receiver from carrying any of the stresses of firing. Even though this is sound in theory & is used on some modern rifles, these cast iron receiver rifles & carbines should not be fired!

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  6. Kvasir

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    Those "last ditch" guns are great conversation pieces.
    I picked one up for my brother a few year ago that has a wood butt plate, and a block of wood with a hole drilled in it for a rear sight. :D
    That one had grind marks where the Imperial markings were ground off too.
    Lot's of fun, but I wouldn't put a round in it on a dare.:eek:
     
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    I once had an Arisaka rifle with a Genuine Elmer Keith inspection cartouche on the stock OGEK Ogden Arsenal Elmer Keith. It seems he inspected some captured weapons. The gun was such poor condition and cut up I ended up parting it out.
     
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    On the one I picked up we cut the firing pin to save anybody foolish enough to attempt firing it. But left it as is other than that. It was bought as a piece of history, purely intended for display only.
    It has some (maybe not much) value in that regard.
     
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    Other then the trainers the Arisakas are considered to safe very strong rifles even the last ditch versions. They get a bad reputation from the cast trainers being fired with live ammo and the rough work on the last ditch guns but the safety never suffered. Some of the pistols they made were another story.
     
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    Thank you Old Guns! Appreciate the time for providing more information!
     
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    Nicely done! Thanks for the information!
     
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    Yeah, I guess this last Ditch has "special" twist in that it is a Naval Special. But yes, they are interesting pieces for sure!
     
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