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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2019 7:42 p.m. PST

"Entering service in 1897, the Arisaka family of bolt-action rifles armed Japanese troops and others through two world wars and many other conflicts, including the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.

Issued in long and short versions – the latter for cavalry and specialists – the Type 30 was the first main Arisaka model, arming Imperial Japan's forces during the Russo-Japanese War, though after the war it was refined into the Type 38, which would still be in use in 1945. The main Arisaka rifle of World War II though was the Type 99. Lighter and more rugged than the US M1903 Springfield rifle it would face in the initial battles in the Pacific, it was produced in four main variants, including a sniping model and a take-down parachutist's rifle…."
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WillieB Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 3:27 p.m. PST

For what it s worth. I found that the Arisaka rifle was consistently the very best- accurate- military rifle I fired.
With handloads- but not exactly tuned- I was able to keep strings of 5 bullets consistently in 1 MOA at 200 meters.

No other out of the box military rifle I ever tested came close.
Runner up was a Finnish Moisin Nagant and a tuned this time K98.

khanscom01 Dec 2019 5:48 p.m. PST

Years ago a fellow shooter at the range demonstrated stripping the bolt of an Arisaka with his thumb as the only tool necessary. A very impressively engineered design-- it seemed as soldier-proof as the Mosin.

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