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Old 10-06-2008, 03:13 PM
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I have an Arisaka type 99 rifle and I'm wanting to purchase the cleaning rod. I've seen a few for sale but apparently there are some different lengths for the type 99? The most common that I see is 24" but when I place a wire in the place where the cleaning rod is supposed to fit, it bottoms out at 20". This leaves 4" hanging out (all the way to the end of the barrel) and in the pictures that I see the cleaning rod is only supposed to stick out below the front site, about an inch shorter. Does the cleaning rod screw in the reciever 1"? Any help would be appreciated-
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:43 PM
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The link above will not help you with the cleaning rod but could answer other questions.

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Old 10-06-2008, 05:52 PM
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For that cleaning rod to protude to the end of the barrel is incorrect.

There is apparently an obstruction of about 1 inch at the bottom of

the drilled recess in the stock that is preventing the cleaning rod to

fully seat. Let us know when you find out the trouble.
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:08 PM
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Thank you both for your help. I took the rifle apart tonight and ran a .22 caliber cleaning rod through the opening, when it bottomed out I hit it a few times and sure enough it went in about an inch further. I didnt see anything fall out but the problem is solved.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:11 PM
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Scavenger, there is still a problem with an Arisaka cleaning rod...

The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) only issued cleaning rod handles
to squad leaders. A squad was l0 men.

The squad leader had a cleaning kit....

Unless you can find a kit, handle, or improvise, that 24" cleaning rod
is a much too short to be of use....

So, my T99 with original cleaning rod has never had the cleaning rod
used, and maybe I should sell it and the locking mech. to some
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:53 AM
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Chispas, a reproduction cleaning rod arrived in the mail yesterday from IMA. I just now saw your post.
Unbelievable, I gave up on finding an original cleaning rod mostly because people told me that some of the originals had no markings anyway - and when I come back you've got one for sale (just my luck).

The reason I came back is because I have another question- When the cleaning rod is fully inserted into the stock, Is the locking tab (little square button on the bottom of the stock) supposed to be sticking out as in the normal position or pulled in flush with the stock?
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