I have a Japanese 6.5 mm Arisaka Sniper rifle with the Chrysanthium Emperors emblem intact on the upper breech in excellent condition, rifle groves in excellent condition. All Numbers match. Anyone have any information on value or date of manufacturer? This weapon has been in my family since WW II ended. Any help with this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Do you have the matching scope?
What you have, if it's authentic, is a Type 97 rifle. They are distinguished from the Type 38 by the following:
-Different stock (lighter, shorter)
Type 97 rifles were made at Nagoya or Kokura.
If it's authentic and not rotted out AND you have the charger clips, I would price it around between $500-$2500, around 2000 for VG condition. Slightly higher value for the Kokura armory as they constitute fewer than 10% of the manufacture.