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Cleaned out my garage, found rifle..

I should probably start off by saying I am not a "gun person" per se. But anyways...
I was going through the garage over x-mas and found my grandfather's old arisaka rifle, rather than just have it lay around, I was thinking about taking it and getting it cleaned up. I did some research into the rifle and learned tons of stuff Sadly the "mum' was filed off But, as mentioned earlier, I am not a gun person so I am left somewhat like "wtf do I do with this mate?" So if anyone can help me out with some questions I would be stoked (I've included some pictures for fun)


1)Is it even worth it? It looks like it was used a lot, is super dusty and has a tad bit of surface rust at the end of the barrel.

2) What can I do with it? I think the arisaka shoots something like a thirty-odd six so I could hunt with it right?

3) Is there a particular place I should take it to fix it up? I live in so cal.

4) How do I register the gun? Do I need to do it before I take it to get fixed up?



Old 01-04-2010, 05:17 PM religated is offline  
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all that and I misspelled riffle...
Old 01-04-2010, 05:18 PM religated is offline  
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lol. It's rifle.

It's up to you if you want to fix it up. Arisaka aren't super rare, but they're fun guns. Most likely no registration for that, but it depends on where you live.
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well, it definitely doesn't shoot 30.06.

Probly either the 7.7 Arisaka, or the 6.5 .

If your serious about fixing it up, first step would be to look up a gunsmith in your area and have them do an inspection. He can also most likely confirm what caliber it is for you, and ascertain whether or not it's in good enough shape to safely fire it. To me, it looks like it just needs a good cleaning, but if you want to perserve whatever value it may have, dont go about restoring it. Old guns are most valued at the point they can be safely fired, and remain as much as possible in their "as is" condition, when things start getting replaced and their original finishes removed, the value drops.
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It looks like one of the good (early production date) rifles. The later cast ones were famous for blowing up in your face.
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My brother-in-law recently acquired one of these rifles. He had a gunsmith create a new bolt handle and tap it for a scope. I don't know how much it set him back, but it looked fairly clean when done.
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they're not that rare but I love them

a gunsmith should also point you in the right direction regarding the laws in your specific area but make sure to double check local ordinances in addition to state law. local police department should be willing to give you a heads up

a rag, some q-tips and a bit of clp, that'll look nice
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if the bolt feels nice and tight after some oil, and the inside of the barrel isnt pitted. You should be fine as far as safety.
If the barrel IS pitted, get some suprlus ammo and shoot cans.lol
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what's a "mum"
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i'm guessing mum = serial number. you know, mums the word.
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mum=Chrysanthemum. A flower symbol on various Japanese stuff.

That is in pretty poor shape

It's missing the aircraft sights and cleaning rod.

Pull the bolt back and shine a flashlight down there and look down the barrel. Are there any grooves? Or is it all round?

It looks a lot like the Japanese trainer rifles which were only made to fire blanks, not live ammo. Interestingly enough, a lot of them were made in Italy rather than Japan. Unfortunately, not worth much. Sub $100
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they're not that rare but I love them

a gunsmith should also point you in the right direction regarding the laws in your specific area but make sure to double check local ordinances in addition to state law. local police department should be willing to give you a heads up

a rag, some q-tips and a bit of clp, that'll look nice

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mum=Chrysanthemum. A flower symbol on various Japanese stuff.

That is in pretty poor shape

It's missing the aircraft sights and cleaning rod.

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Mums were filed/pinned out on the surplus rifles after the war as a sort of face saving gesture (The Mum was a symbol of the Japanese empire). Like German WW2 rifles, if you can find one with intact markings, they're worth a shit-ton for collectors value, as usually they're only found on rifles captured in the field.
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