Japanese Type I Rifle
in 6.5x50 Jap
After the invasion of China in July 1937, all Arisaka
production was required for use of the Imperial Army, so
under the terms of the Anti-Comintern
Pact, the Imperial Navy contracted with Italy for this
weapon in 1937 with most of them coming from Beretta. The Type I is based on the Type
38 rifle and utilizes a Carcano action, but retains the Mauser type 5-round box magazine,
Type I was utilized primarily by Japanese Imperial Naval Forces.
It is chambered for the 6.5 x 50 mm cartridge. Approximately
80,000 Type I rifles were produced in 1938 and 1939, 40,000
manufactured by Beretta and an equal number by Italian government arsenals; the final
shipment to Japan left Venice by submarine in 1941.
On the collector market in the United States, the Type I
rifle is uncommon but not particularly popular among
collectors. The Type I never had the Japanese
Imperial Chrysanthemum markings,
or other markings that typically interest collectors of
Japanese militaria. Many
Type I rifles brought back to the United States as War
Trophies were reportedly captured at Kwajalein
Atoll, the Philippines,
or from Japan at the conclusion of hostilities.
This Type I rifle is in very good to
excellent condition. The wood has dents and dings from years
of storage but the bluing is 95% or better. The bore is
mint. This one doesn't
appear to have been issued.
FFL or C&R required.