Thanks for your response. Just learning about these rascals. I'll snap some more pics as soon as I go back to that shop.Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you know quite a lot about Arisakas. May I suggest posting a few more pictures showing the entire rifle? There are a number of our members that can help and will be by soon I'm sure.
Thanks for the tip. The second character looks like an uncommon character for "test" but that doesn't have the radical to the left. This is the first forum I've ever joined, you all are amazing. Appreciate everyone's help.Welcome and thanks for the photo. You know a heack of lot more than I do regarding your Arisaka. You probably already understand the meaning of the cyrsathamum--its presence and its absence. Your impression of the first character is probably correct in that it can be translated as "well", but that can mean water well, oil well or other types of well. I have also seen it translated as "ceiling," "roof," "community," and "town." The second symbol is completely unfamiliar. Put those together and I'm totally lost, but.... have you talked with the folks over at Castle-Thunder, -- http://www.castle-thunder.com -- i.e., the folks who put out the "Banzi" newsletter. They have a shoot coming up in a day or two, so they're probably pretty busy right now, but if you check out their website and mail them a copy of your photo, I'm sure they will be able to identify it. You just have to promise to get back to us and tell us what they say. Thanks again for sharing.
Strangest one I've seen was a take down rifle that I was told was a paratroop model.
Laurence Harvey used a semi-sporterized Arisaka paratrooper rifle in the original "Manchurian Candidate" film.That is a rare rifle. If you watch the old "Twilight Zone" There is an episode were a guy goes back in time. He has a chance to shoot Hitler. The rifle was a Japanese Folding Paratrooper with a scope attached.