Question for the Arisaka people
I came across, at a gunshow, a last ditch Arisaka which seemed a bit odd to me. The rifle was in pretty good shape with a rough dark parkerized looking type finish. It had the mum intact but had nothing else on the receiver ring next to the mum. It also had a wooden butt plate and the bolt matched the receiver number, and the bolt handle appeared to be the correct cylindrical type. All this seems ok to me but the odd thing is the rear sights were the aircraft type and not a simple peep hole. Is this correct? Or could this have been a regular type 99 in a last ditch stock?
Also, what would be a fair price for something like this?
To say whether or not it was correct, you would likely need the Arsenal, series number and serial number. But, just like a lot of other wartime rifles, they did mix features along the way, as things progressed. If you had that info, some of the people "in the know" would be able to narrow it down for you. Sounds right to me, though. If it had the adjustable rear sight, but no "99 type" characters, it was probably built that way.
Need to see a picture. I have never seen one with aircraft sights. I think you are correct last ditch stock on an earlier rifle.