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Japanese Imported Arms Of The Early Meiji Era
A Study Of 19th Century Firearms Used in Japan
1850-1900
By Francis C. Allan, Chip Goddard, Takehito Jimbo, Doss H. White, & Dr. Stanley Zielinski

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This 210-page book is the result of research originated many years ago by Doss White, Editor of Banzai. While attending guns shows around the country, Doss noted some pre-1900 rifles and carbines with unusual Japanese markings which were not covered in existing publications and was fortunate to be able to purchase several of them for study. While simple translations of some of the markings were available, this information was insufficient to obtain a complete picture of the foreign weapons brought into Japan. Doss enlisted the help of Frank Allan, Chip Goddard, Takehito Jimbo and Dr. Stanley Zielinski to assist in researching the subject of weapons imported into Japan and often copied there during the approximate period of 1850 through 1900. During many years of research the authors cataloged observed and reported examples of weapons which fell into the stated category. Further, the research was expanded to include handguns from the same approximate timeframe, as many surviving pistols and revolvers with Japanese provenance had also surfaced. Recorded data was analyzed and a nearly complete understanding has been obtained of the Meiji Era registration process. This requirement resulted in most of the Japanese markings appearing on weapons under study. The book contains what is most likely the only detailed analysis of this process in print. The book contains a brief history of firearms use in Japan up to the visit of Commodore Perry’s U.S. Naval Squadron in 1854, continuing in more detail through approximately 1900. Covered weapons include Enfield Rifles & Carbines, as well as their various cartridge conversions, Springfield Trapdoors, Remington Rolling Block Rifles, Henry Rifles, Winchester Carbines, and many other long guns. Pistols and revolvers include various percussion weapons, Sharps Derringers, Hopkins & Allen revolvers and especially several models of Smith & Wesson revolvers. The S&W Model 2 was the first revolver purchased by the Japanese government in quantity, but it was the S&W Model 3, in four basic variations, that became the first officially adopted handguns in Japanese military service. Cost: $48.00 post paid in the U.S. (non-U.S. orders add additional postage) B
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Sample Reviews:
Japanese Imported Arms is another must have for the Collector of Japanese weapons...the pictures alone are worth the 'price of admission.' That this marks the first time some of this information has been translated to English is not to be ignored! This will explain those odd Japanese markings found on non-Japanese manufactured weapons. This work could revolutionize the previously lightly researched field of 19th Century Japanese Firearm Collecting. It contains new information on history, development, markings, acquisition, and features, special use weapons, ammunition and more. You'll be able to identify breech and receiver markings, as well as inspection marks used by the arsenals. Only 150 Copies available, I'm buying an extra copy, you should too! Buy yours NOW!
Trey Stancil - Hayden, AL


The next greatest thing since sliced bread, Milwaukee's Best Light Beer, and
The Type 38 Arisaka!
D. H. White Jr. Esq. - Eva, AL

We helped take some of the pictures!
W. & I. Stancil Hayden, AL







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