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What is arisaka type 99 7.7mm worth?
September 13, 2011 2:26PM
The WW2 Japanese Arisaka 7.7mm rifle was tested by the NRA (National Rifle Association) in the early 1960's, and was compared to the German Mauser (8mm), British Lee-Enfield (.303), Italian Carcano (6.5mm), Russian Nagant 7.62mm, and US Springfield 30-06 rifles; all of which are bolt action WW2 service rifles (although the US Springfield '06 was originally adapted by the US Army in 1906 and used in WW1, and was replaced by the semi-automatic M-1 Garand in WW2-which also fired the same round...30-06).
The Arisaka 7.7mm, proved to have the strongest action, having been the only rifle to have held up when firing high pressure loads. The Swedish ammunition company NORMA, makes cartridges using new brass, for the 7.7mm; and has made ammo for the Arisaka rifle since the 1960's.
Arisaka's with the Imperial insignia, the "Chrysanthemum", still on the receiver are condsidered "battle-field pick-ups", and have FAR MORE value than a 7.7mm which has it's Chrysanthemum filed off. Filed off Chrysanthemum's are considered surrendered rifles. Rifles with NO "ORIGINAL" INSIGNIA on them were normally "TRAINING RIFLES-USED FOR FIRING BLANKS"-DO NOT USE LIVE AMMO IN THOSE TRAINING RIFLES!
Arisaka's in full military dress (not sporterized/customized/and often referred to as "butchered" by people who collect WW2 rifles) bring FAR MORE value than a "sporterized 7.7mm" rifle.
The "break-down" paratrooper model will normally bring more value than a standard issue infantrymen's Arisaka rifle. Books are available over the net, that specialize in the Arisaka rifles. Prices fluctuate with all collectible equipment material. Therefore a person MUST obtain a book on the item, then a self appraisal must be made by yourself using the "Shooter's Bible" type blue books as a guide.