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The Arisaka Rifle : Weapon - Bill Harriman

The Arisaka Rifle

Weapon

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2019
ISBN: 9781472816122
Number Of Pages: 80

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Featuring specially commissioned colour artwork and drawing upon a range of sources, this engaging study casts new light on origins, combat record, and reputation of the Arisaka bolt-action rifles used by Japanese troops during the world wars.

Entering service in 1897, the Arisaka family of bolt-action rifles armed Japanese troops and others through two world wars and many other conflicts, including the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 05.

Issued in long and short versions the latter for cavalry and specialists the Type 30 was the first main Arisaka model, arming Imperial Japan's forces during the Russo-Japanese War, though after the war it was refined into the Type 38, which would still be in use in 1945. The main Arisaka rifle of World War II though was the Type 99. Lighter and more rugged than the US M1903 Springfield rifle it would face in the initial battles in the Pacific, it was produced in four main variants, including a sniping model and a take-down parachutist's rifle.

Featuring full-colour artwork as well as archive and close-up photographs, this is the absorbing story of the rifles arming Imperial Japan's forces, from the trenches of Mukden in 1905 to the beaches of Okinawa 40 years later.

About the Author

Bill Harriman is Director of Firearms at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, and appears regularly on British television as part of the team of experts on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow program. A former Territorial Army officer with 18 years' service, he is also a forensic scientist dealing with cases involving firearms, ammunition and other weapons.

ISBN: 9781472816122
ISBN-10: 1472816129
Series: Weapon
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 3rd September 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 18.3  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.26

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