The Weapons of Guadalcanal
From the forthcoming Guadalcanal Today DVD

Arisaka Type 99 7.7mm Rifle & Bayonet
This famous bolt action rifle was adopted by the Japanese military in 1939. The original intention was to replace the previous (and successful) Type 38 6.5mm Arisaka (named after the Colonel who oversaw its adoption) in 1897. The new 7.7mm and the older 6.5mm served throughout the Second World War. The "Arisaka" was named after the Colonel who oversaw its adoption in 1897.

Japanese infantry tactics emphasised the use of the bayonett, the infantry man's sword. The primary kind of bayonet used on Japanese rifles in World War II was the Type 30, introduced in 1897. They averaged about 20 inches in overall length.

A revised model, the Type 99 was produced in 1939. It fired the 7.7 mm round used in the Japanese heavy machine gun. It supplemented the earlier version in service. Ammunition was carried on the belt in two pouches, each holding a half dozen five rounds clips for a total of sixty rounds for the average soldier.

: 7.7mm
Action: manual bolt
length: 112 cm
Weight: 9.2 lbs
Magazine: 5 rounds

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