BANZAI

Welcome to the home page of BANZAI, the monthly newsletter/magazine for anyone interested in Japanese militaria.

Started by Don Harper in 1982, BANZAI has become a medium for all levels of Japanese militaria collectors to exchange information and buy, sell or trade all kinds of Japanese militaria. This web site is designed to augment BANZAI by providing a ready reference in the form of reprints of articles from BANZAI and a source for data sheets and on-going requests for research information on a variety of projects dealing with Japanese militaria. As such, this web site is not just an electronic version of BANZAI; and if you are interested in any aspect of Japanese militaria then you should be subscribing to BANZAI. (See the subscription information at the bottom of this page.)

To make loading faster, this site has been broken down into a number of smaller parts, which are listed in the table of contents below. To maximize the amount of useful information available, there are no flashy graphics and picture quality has been formulated for optimum display on a computer monitor. (Comments on picture quality would be appreciated.)

 

This site has now been active for over eleven years and we are still looking for contributions. As always, contributions are first printed in BANZAI and then transferred to this web site.

The following areas are planned for inclusion on this web site. If you have suggestions for additional areas, or any other comments or suggestions for this site, please e-mail them to [email protected] . Those items marked under construction presently have no link to any further information.

 

Subscription Information

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Lodestone Publications, Inc.

PO Box 6

Eva, AL 35621

 

Cover pages for  December 2013, January, and February 2014 issues  

Japanese Rifle Parts Exchange

 

(For now, the bolt matching section is at the end of the above section.)

 

The BANZAI\MRJ "Shoot-out" Annual Pictures

Information and Background on the Shoot-out

1999 Pictures

2000 Pictures

2001 Pictures

 

Research Requests and Information Wanted

World War II APO and FPO Locations

Model 99 Rifle Research

Model 44 Carbine Research

Research Request on Chinese 65 Rifles

Model 14 and 94 Pistol Research

Nambu Data Wanted

Nambu Data Wanted 2

Nambu Data Wanted 3

Nambu Data Wanted 4

Nambu Data Wanted 5

Nambu Data Wanted 6

Nambu Data Wanted 7

Fakes and Reproductions

The Problem of Fakes and Reproductions

Fake Sniper Rifles

Reproduction Alert: 30mm Rifle Grenade

Counterfeit Japanese "Meatball" Flags

Nambu Fakery (November 2001)

In Search of the Illusive Japanese Luger (October 2002)

Product Review - Replica Holsters, Straps and Lanyards (December 2003)

Early Japanese Vented Helmets (October 2005)

Data Sheets (for information being collected on various items)

Model 30 Rifle and Carbine (Posted 28 March 2006)

Model 38 Rifles and Carbines (New data sheets posted 24 February 2006)

Model 38 Data Sheet Comment and Tips

Model 38 and 97 Sniper Rifles (Posted 23 February 2006)

Model 99 Short Rifles (New data sheets posted 14 November 2006)

Model 99 Long Rifles

Concentric Circle Marked Rifles

Model 44 Carbine (New data sheets posted 7 March 2006.)

Siamese Model 66

Murata Magazine Rifles and Carbines (aka "Murata Model 22"; 3 October 2003)

Rifle Trainers (Posted 10 March 2006)

Instructions for Downloading Data Sheets

Book Announcements with Ordering Information (There is also a Japanese Rifle Bibliography in the Japanese Rifle Primer section below.)

Japanese Imported Arms of the Early Meiji Era (May, 2011)

Japanese Murata Rifles, 1880 - 1897 (August, 2010)

The Early Arisakas

The Type 38 Arisaka

Book Updates and Corrections

Purpose of This Section

Military Rifles of Japan, 5th Edition

Feature Articles from Previous Issues

Japanese Army and Navy Flag Traditions

War Trophy Documentation "Capture Papers" WWII

The Missing Mum Mystery

"New" Model 94 Pistol Variant

Arisaka Model 99 Carbines

The Proper Translation is Model Not Type

Italian-Japanese MP 38/43 Machine Pistol (October, 2003)

Japanese Pistols

Japanese Handgun Websites

Model 14 Pictures

Model 94 Pictures

Nambu Model 94 and Model 14 Yearly Production Rarity Charts

Nambu Model 94 and Model 14 Serial Number Ranges

Model 14 Nagoya Nambu 11.3 "Off-Date" - Fact or Fiction?

North China Model 19 Pistol Picture

Model 94 Barrel Rear Lug Configuration Study

Magazine Matching Service

Japanese Rifles

A Japanese Rifle Primer (Currently includes sections on Models 30, 38, 38

carbine, 38 cavalry rifle, 44, I, and 99.)

Training Rifle Markings

Model 44 Carbine Research Data Charts (November, 2001)

Model 99 Short Rifle Inspection Markings

Model 99 Stock Finish

Update on Model 99 Stock Finish

Japanese Rifle Export Serial Number Ranges

Sniper Scope Logos

Japanese Rifle Sling Web Site

Japanese Bayonets

Model 35 Bayonet

Bayonet Manufacturers Logos

Straight Gripped Matsushita National Bayonet

Hoten Bayonet JB - 124, Variation E

Japanese Ordnance

Japanese Coastal Gun

Ceramic Mines

Japanese Tank in Thai Army Museum

Aluminum Training Grenade

Rifle Grenade Launchers

Rifle Grenade Launcher Web Site

Model 100 Rifle Grenade Launcher

Grenade Launchers Part 1

Japanese Aviation (under construction)

Japanese Army Uniforms and Field Gear

                                                Japanese Army Backpacks (March 2006)

Japanese Navy

Japanese Navy Smoke Grenade

Japanese Paratroops (under construction)

Index of Past Years Issues

Index for Year 2004

Index for Year 2005

Index for Year 2006

Index for Year 2007

Index for Year 2008

Index for Year 2009

 

Ads (New ad policy February 2001. The ads for the current month's issue will be posted to the web site on approximately the 10th of the month and will stay for one month.)

For Sale

Trade

Wanted

The Collectors' Exchange - A list of individuals/companies that offer restoration services, reproductions, and/or are interested in buying/selling Japanese militaria.

 

Business Cards

Links to Other Sites

 

This site was last revised on 23 January 2014.