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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:28 am    Post subject: conversion Reply with quote
Tampa is having a show and auction. The thread that brought the conversion of matchlocks to bolt action rifles is locked due to a crap storm and I wanted to share this. It is such a thing and really is an oddity. John


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mijei period?!?! And still calling it a matchlock? Wow...
Still, thanks for posting the pic.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hey, the Mijei period was an important period in Japanese firearms history! It was that one right between the Toranaga period and the Teisho pd, right?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Probably authenticated by that same guy who did the woman's suit of armor.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, it's probably worth a few hundred. I mean, how often does anything made in the Mijei Period even come up for sale?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Well, it's probably worth a few hundred. I mean, how often does anything made in the Mijei Period even come up for sale?
Not only that, but how often do you see matchlocks where the match and lock are disguised as a bolt action? Those innovative Japanese!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think it is labeled as a Matchlock because the stock was originally part of one. The bolt action is fairly primitive and may be an early Japanese construct. It looks like a copy of a Krag-Jorgensen bolt. I am not well versed in this aspect of weapons except peripherally, so, those that are may have other ideas. I have no information about it other than it will be in Tampa Feb 22-24 There are many swords, artworks, etc.. on auction from lower priced wakizashi to upper level Juto. John

http://www.southeastjapaneseswordshowauction.com/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This thread is cracking me up. Regardless of the errors (and it is funny), this is quite an interesting find. Thanks John for posting this.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
shin no sen wrote:
I think it is labeled as a Matchlock because the stock was originally part of one.
IIRC that would make the gun a bolt action with a matchlock's stock. Labeling it as a matchlock is just misleading potential buyers.

Guns are identified by their action/receiver/lock, not by their stocks.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I agree. It would be obvious though, to a buyer with his eyes open. I didn't write the description or have anything to do with the auction. I am just the reporter. I wouldn't even buy it as a coffee table conversation piece. John
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
shin no sen wrote:
It looks like a copy of a Krag-Jorgensen bolt.
Looks more like a Bang & Olufsen design to me, but what do I know?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Huh? What you sayin' Willis?
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