My personal favorite in fact, as far as bolt-action rifles are concerned. A couple months ago I bought an oriental beauty, a mid-war T-99 from the Nagoya Arsenal. This gun was designed in 1939 and saw service as the primary Japanese battle rifle from then right to the end of war. Some of these, mine included, had AA sights mounted on them, since the Japanese figured a 7.7mm bullet had the capacity to take down aircraft (It did have such capacity, but the slow reload and re-acquisition of target precluded any meaningful AA use). Where the rifle succeded, however, was its main use, that of an infantry weapon. The 7.7x58mm bullet, commonly known as 7.7 JAP, is a solid and powerful round, as my trip to the range proved. Its also very accurate, holding up with my Mauser and Nagant at both 50 and 100 yards. Where I place this rifle above its contemporaries is in the feel. It naturally fits into my hands, and the shot is solid but gentle against the shoulder; my Mauser leaves bruises. The only downside to this rifle is the prohibitive cost of ammo at $1.20 per round. Reloading makes it cheaper, but still more so than buying bulk 8mm mauser or 7.62x54R Nagant. Still, I heartily recommend Arisakas to any firearms enthusiast, especially history buffs. One caveat: make sure it isn't late war issue, as they tended to be of poor quality and prone to accidents. This can be checked by looking at the bore and the design on the back of the bolt. If it is a parabollic pattern, excellent. If not, invest in a 1st aid kit.