Arisaka T-99, an excellent rifle.
Posted 09 November 2005 - 08:30 PM
A couple months ago I bought an oriental beauty, a mid-war T-99 from the Nagoya Arsenal. This gun was designed in 1939 and saw service as the primary Japanese battle rifle from then right to the end of war. Some of these, mine included, had AA sights mounted on them, since the Japanese figured a 7.7mm bullet had the capacity to take down aircraft (It did have such capacity, but the slow reload and re-acquisition of target precluded any meaningful AA use).
Where the rifle succeded, however, was its main use, that of an infantry weapon. The 7.7x58mm bullet, commonly known as 7.7 JAP, is a solid and powerful round, as my trip to the range proved. Its also very accurate, holding up with my Mauser and Nagant at both 50 and 100 yards. Where I place this rifle above its contemporaries is in the feel. It naturally fits into my hands, and the shot is solid but gentle against the shoulder; my Mauser leaves bruises.
The only downside to this rifle is the prohibitive cost of ammo at $1.20 per round. Reloading makes it cheaper, but still more so than buying bulk 8mm mauser or 7.62x54R Nagant. Still, I heartily recommend Arisakas to any firearms enthusiast, especially history buffs. One caveat: make sure it isn't late war issue, as they tended to be of poor quality and prone to accidents. This can be checked by looking at the bore and the design on the back of the bolt. If it is a parabollic pattern, excellent. If not, invest in a 1st aid kit.
Posted 09 November 2005 - 09:05 PM
Posted 09 November 2005 - 11:51 PM
1. The bolt action is very stiff and slow.
2. The safety on the end of the bolt is usually difficult or impossible to operate.
3. The rifle is long, too long. It is, clumsy.
4. The monopod is worthless. It adds weight, is unstable, is unusable on soft ground and, often gets snagged on things in the field.
5. The AA sights are a useless feature.
6. When equipped with the dust cover for the bolt / breech the gun rattles when carried (not a good thing in combat), often interfers with shell extraction (they tend to hang up on the cover requiring a finger extraction to clear) and, makes reloading more difficult.
7. The small 5 round magazine requires frequent reloading. Again, in combat this is not a good thing.
For older military weapons I have a preference for the Lee-Enfield No 1 Mk 3. Cutting down the lumber on the barrel makes it a decent carry. The action is smooth and quick (unlike the Mauser action or derivatives thereof), accuracy is good and, the magazine is sufficently large to allow alot of shooting between reloads.
My second choice is something in 45/70 black powder. These are just alot of fun and you can switch to smokeless if you feel like it. The 350 grain ball round also has a nice satisfying impact on the target.
Big I, the M-14 isn't a bad choice except as you note its heavy. Lugging that b@#$t!@d around all day is no fun at all. Also, you have to watch the gas plug on the end of the collector tube under the barrel. It tends to work loose and if it falls out you are reduced to a bolt action rifle! That's not to mention serious trouble if you are in the military.....
The SKS? A gangsta gun. Cheap, cheap, cheap with lots of close up firepower. But, its accuracy is lousy.
Posted 10 November 2005 - 01:40 AM
I agree with TA on the M-14, but even given all that I'd take it over the current M-16/M-4 our military uses now. I love .308, its fuel for my CETME.
Posted 10 November 2005 - 03:57 PM
Posted 11 November 2005 - 10:00 AM
They started off with a lower calibre weapon and slowly upgraded with the 7.7mm, starting in Manchuria and Home Islands. I believe few of the 7.7mm made it to the Islands (maybe late in the war)
Posted 11 November 2005 - 04:49 PM
Posted 12 November 2005 - 03:05 AM
Posted 01 July 2006 - 12:37 AM
To St. Peter He Will Tell
One More Soldier Reporting Sir
I've Served My Time In Hell
Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:41 AM
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:37 PM
Taking the "Gold" with "Little Iwo" at a spring regional 3-Position match was a treat; shooting against:
5 - M1 Garands
1 - M1903 Remington
1 - U.S. Model 1917 30.06
1 - K31 Swiss
1 - T-38 Arisaka
2 - Mosin Nagants
At 6'1, the stock felt short, but after adding on a 10lb. shooting jacket...the length was fine. I have had consistant, favorable results with the 174 gr Sierra HPBT "Match King" in the T-99 Arisaka and my .303 British Enfields.
"Little Iwo" sure causes a "stir" when we shoot well at those matches attended by a large number of "maturing" post WWII and Korean veterans/ competitors with their 1903's and M1's...still good fellowship, great fun! The little guy is sure "beat-to-heck" cosmetically from it's time in the caves, but delivers where it counts...on the target!
all the best,
Edited by bromhead79, 11 November 2009 - 04:58 AM.
Posted 25 October 2009 - 10:26 PM
Posted 30 October 2009 - 10:21 PM
Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:21 AM
In 2009, I competed with my 1907 Sht LE I*** Enfield, 1918 BSA No1 MkIII, 1944 dou.44 k98 Mauser, M1903 Remington 30.06, 1949 South Africa issue No4 Mk2 Enfield, 1955 M1 Garand, and as mentioned...my 7.7 Jap Arisaka, "Little Iwo".
In 2010, I will also be competing with my "new kids on the block"...
a 1914 LSA Sht LE III (Gallipoli survivor) and my 1933 Tula 91/30 Mosin Nagant. With proper care and feeding, any of these can be competitive in
the 200 yard CMP Vintage Service Rifle matches.
I'm afraid the current generation may not appreciate or enjoy shooting these "old soldiers" as we do.
all the best,
Edited by bromhead79, 23 November 2009 - 01:59 PM.
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