WORLD WAR II Arisaka TOYO KOGYO Type 99 7.7mm Japanese LAST DITCH Rifle C&R
Manufactured at the TOYO KOGYO Factory in HIROSHIMA, JAPAN!
Here we present a Japanese Toyo Kogyo Type 99 “Last Ditch” Arisaka Military Rifle with bayonet manufactured circa 1945 at the Toyo Kogyo Arsenal in Hiroshima, Japan. 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.
The maker Toyo Kogyo, of Hiroshima Prefecture was a subsidiary of the Kokura Arsenal and the rifles are not as common as the Kokura and Nagoya made rifles. The factory was located in an area protected by the topography, with a substantial hill between ground zero and the facilities. The direct blast did not damage the factory but killed 400 of its workers and with the shortage of skilled labor at that point production probably ended then. As mentioned, the arsenal was undamaged, but did become a location for hospitalization and care for the wounded after the bomb was dropped.
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. Original finish. Strong action. The bore is bright. This example sports a solid stock throughout with an average amount of wear. The numbers do not match. This example is scarce as it has the mum still present. Bayonet is in good shape.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: 7.7mm Japanese
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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