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Old January 20th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #1

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Markings on Japanese Arisaka Rifles


Does anyone know of special markings that the Japenese soldier put on their rifles. I have a Arisaka rifle that my Uncle had from WWII and on the reciever where the chrasomerian is, there are two distinct slash marks accross it which were made with the bayonet (I know b/c the groves match with the bayonet). What do these markings mean? Is it how many Americans the rifle killed, the number of islands they have landed, etc. ?
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Old January 20th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #2

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Does anyone know of special markings that the Japenese soldier put on their rifles. I have a Arisaka rifle that my Uncle had from WWII and on the reciever where the chrasomerian is, there are two distinct slash marks accross it which were made with the bayonet (I know b/c the groves match with the bayonet). What do these markings mean? Is it how many Americans the rifle killed, the number of islands they have landed, etc. ?
Could possibly be a unit/squad/personal number as well... I've seen examples of that on Danish rifles, where troops would give their rifles a special mark or number as to recognize it later. This is especially useful if the rifles needed to be calibrated (right word) for a special user.

I can't say for sure if that is the reason though, as I am not an expert on rifles nor Japanese wartime traditions. But you might wanna look into it as a possible answer.
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For what it's worth,after WWII the Chrysanthemum was machined off the receiver of a lot of Japanese weapons,but most of the rifles i've seen still have them.At this late date I don't recall why it was done.
If the marks are across the mum they may have something to do with that.
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