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Thread: Arisaka type 38 markings over the chrysanthemum identification/help

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    Boolit Mold
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    Jan 2019

    Arisaka type 38 markings over the chrysanthemum identification/help

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    I have been restoring a old type 38 and can't find any info on the marking over the chrysanthemum, any input would be helpfull.

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    Boolit Master
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    Feb 2007
    The deep south,... of Vermont!
    I believe that is the date of manufacture, but thats about all the help I can be.

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    Boolit Master
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    Nov 2011
    They are cancellation marks, denoting that the rifle was no longer the property of the Imperial Japanese Army, but had been sold out of service to another country or a training school.


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    Boolit Buddy
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    Nov 2008
    Central East Coast of Florida
    ukrifleman is correct.
    Those markings are very common, and indicate the rifle has been removed from military service.
    About 100,000 Type 30 and Type 38 rifles were removed from service and sold to England during the early years of WWI, they mostly ended up in Russia and in Finland.
    Also after WWI, many older Type 38 rifles were removed from military service and delegated for training at secondary schools and colleges during the 1920's and 1930's.

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Look at the serial number on the left side of the receiver.
    If it is a school training rifle it will have 000 added in front of the serial number. I have a type 38 so marked with 000 added in a different font ahead of the SN.

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