World War 2 HOWA JYUKO Type 99 7.7mm JAPANESE Last Ditch C&R Military Rifle
Manufactured by Howa Jyuko in Osaka, JAPAN!
Here we present a Japanese Howa Jyuko Type 99 Arisaka “Last Ditch” Military Rifle manufactured circa 1945 by Howa Jyuko under the supervision of the Nogoya Arsenal in Osaka, Japan. Production at this arsenal began in 1940 and continued until the end of the war in 1945. The Type 99 was one of the standard bolt-action combat rifles to be used by the Japanese Empire during World War II. At the start of its production, it proved a reliable and robust rifle. But, the closing noose of the Pacific Theater soon brought about dramatic changes in its production methods, often leading to a subclass weapon. The Type 99 had several variants that included the Short Rifle, Long Rifle, an airborne variant and a dedicated sniper model. Production lasted from 1939 into 1945 before ending with Japan’s surrender.
Despite the respect that the rifle earned early on, the Type 99 suffered from quality control towards the end of the war with the Japanese Empire struggling to survive. Raw materials and competent production processes were both in short supply resulting in poor quality and finishes on most of the outgoing Arisaka rifles including the Type 99, thus being referred to as a “Last Ditch Effort”. Some were shipped without finishes of any kind while others had their rear sites wholly replaced by a more basic and fixed system. Additionally, the machining process involved in the internal components often led to the rifle being quite dangerous to fire for the operator for the core components were poorly produced. As Japanese surrender became all the more imminent, many Army rifles bearing the Imperial Chrysanthemum marking of the Emperor had this emblem grounded down in 1945 to spare the Emperor the embarrassment of surrender. Many surviving rifles are often found with this particular condition, especially late-war/late-model model production versions.
The overall condition is good. Functioning action (bolt has a little wiggle). Bright bore. Th tock is solid with an expected amount of wear and has been refinished. Japanese characters are carved on the right buttstock. This example has the mum ground. The numbers on the receiver and bolt match. Bayonet is in good shape with a mistudome mark.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: 7.7 Japanese
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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