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#1 Ed Hicks

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 12:14 AM

Japanese Percussion Rifle with nice decoration including inlaid trigger guard and side plate.

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#2 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 01:24 PM

Nice example of a Choshu gun from Bakumatsu.


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#3 Brian

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 03:28 PM

Converted from matchlock or original percussion Piers?


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#4 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 03:47 PM

Not a "rifle" I would guess.

Looks like an original percussion, Brian. No cutaway in the stock where a long pan and lid would have been.
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#5 Ed Hicks

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 04:01 PM

Percussion musket is a more accurate description, of course, since this is a smooth bore firearm.I believe this to be in its original configuration without alterations. Ed
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#6 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 04:47 PM

Also, it would be interesting to see the Mei if there is one. Many Choshu guns were ordered from Bizen, where locks were generally made of iron.
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#7 Ed Hicks

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 04:09 PM

I started to remove the barrel to check for a signature, but it's too tight to remove safely. The stock is fairly thin and not exactly robust after all these years sitting.



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 04:03 AM

Better safe than sorry, Ed, I agree. Once your stock splits, and most do to some extent, there will always be a glue line from then on!


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