My uncle mailed home a japanese “Arisaka” infantry rifle at the end of WWII. Produced at the main Nagoya armory. Is in good shape, before they lowered quality towards the end of WWII.
Looks like this STG suffered from some of the same shortcuts. For example, the stock’s very crude and the metal plate that usually goes around the whole surface that contacts the shooter’s shoulder is only on the tipes of the stock, not all the way around.
“My uncle mailed home a japanese Arisaka”
! So did my Uncle, only he mailed back 5. I have one. It’s one of the “good” ones, and still has the Chrysanthemum engraving, plus some white symbols painted on the stock. I’ve heard that most of them had the flower ground off. It’s mint, and heavy as all git out!