I have an Arisaka Type 38 which I'm trying to bring to life. It belonged to a Japanese sniper that was dispatched by my grandfather. From the markings it is a series 24, Kokura Arsenal. It's not in superior shape from a collectors standpoint but it does seem usable.
Unfortunately my grandfather has since passed so I cant find out more and I dont have a way to post pics yet but here is what I do know: Top: Imperial Crysanthamum, NO damage, symbols for 'model 38'. Left side: model 24 symbol, serial 227**, Kokura Arsenal symbol. Bottom: 272. Breech guard had been remover by sniper. Scope torn off when he fell out of the tree, rear elevation sight removed. 33.375" from end of barrel to end of bolt. The stock is unlike any I've seen online, having no tripod mount, a short foregrip (18 inches from tip to trigger) and saying "bishop" on the butt plate. There is no cleaning rod either. My grandfather never mentioned refitting the gun so I'd imagine that stock is the original. He did say that he had to take it apart to hide it in his bag and that he lost the screws to mate the barrel and stock.
If anyone can offer help as far as more history of this weapon or recommending a restoration specialist or anyone who may make parts, ammo, or the like for this weapon I'd appreciate it. I can't seem to find information pertaining to this rifle in a sniper configuration except that they are rare.
On another note, this weapon will not ever be for sale and I personally feel that pieces of history die when removed from service, even if 'immortalized' for show.