|blank cell||Arisaka Type 38 Rifle|
|RATE OF FIRE||1 per 2 rounds|
|MAGAZINE CAPACITY||5 rounds|
|BASE RANGE||110 yards|
|COMBAT USE: Japanese Imperial Army & Navy|
The Arisaka design of bolt-action rifle remained standard issue for the Imperial Japanese Army from the turn of the century till after the Second World War. Based on the Mauser action, the Arisaka was accurate but the addition of a metal dust cover over the bolt made operation noisy and prone to clogging. The Arisaka was built unusually long, especially considering the average stature of Japanese troops and the tight jungle terrain they would fight in during the war; however, this long length also left the rifle with virtually no recoil.
The Meiji Year 1938, or Type 38, was discontinued in 1940 in favor of the Arisaka Type 99 rifle chambering a new 7.7mm cartridge. But the outbreak of war resulted in both models of Arisaka seeing wide service, and the Type 38 remained in use with Japanese troops right up till the end of the war.
In 1937, a sniper version of the Type 38 was first issued, named the Type 97. It was similar in all respects to the Type 38, save for the telescopic sight mounted off to the reciever to allow the rifle to still be fed by stripper clips.