• T99 Series 35 Short Rifle (Mfg by Toyo Kogyo Arsenal in Hiroshima Prefectur)

    T99 Series 35 Short Rifle
    (Mfg by Toyo Kogyo Arsenal in Hiroshima Prefectur)


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    Caliber: ....................... 7.7 x 58mm (7.7mm Japanese)
    Rifling: ........................ 4 Groove Right Hand "Metford"
    Barrel Length: ............. 25.5 in. (571mm)
    Overall Length: ............ 44 in. (1118mm)
    Weight: ....................... 8 lb. (3.63Kg)
    Magazine capacity: ...... 5 Rounds
    Qty Mfg: ...................... 56,658 ( higest serial number observed at this time)

    Source: ........................ Banzai Publication by Stan Zielinski

    Canadian Collector Market Value Estimate: $


    T99 Series 35 Short Rifle

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    Note: Article and pictures provided courtesy of MILSURPS.COM member "riceone"


    The T99 Series35 Short Rifle was made at Toyo Kogyo Arsenal in Hiroshima Prefectur. Most of what I will relate here came from Banzai Publication, Stan Zielinski, author. According to the best "gestimates" the manufacture of the 35th series started in March of 1945 and ended August 6, at about 7 AM 1945 with the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. About 1200 rifles were made in the month of August till the bomb. The highest serial number know is 56658 for this rifle. Assuming 1200 made in first five days of August, that made a little over 200 rifles made per day. The rifle pictured here is serial number 56528, clearly in the last days output. Stan has serial number 56524, just 4 numbers from mine. Its interesting that his and mine have the full untouched mum. This rifle is all matching with untouched mum, bore is like new and there are no nicks, scrapes of dents in the wood. The dark spots in the finish is results of the grain in the wood not being sanded down. Blue is thin but I suspect that is the way it left the factory. The "99 type" was omitted from the top of the receiver, just the mum alone.

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