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Can anyone i.d. the bolt-actions used by the Imperial Troops in the last battle of the above movie? Chase-pots, Muratas, etc. Perhaps they are the same as the ones they were threatening with in the scene in Tokyo, but what were THOSE please...
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As I understand it Dan King was an advisor on the move and he said they were some model of German rifles. His email is [email protected].
 

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During the rough period that the movie was supposed to be there were many different types of rifles in use by the new IJA. The upcoming - maybe a year away - "Pre-Murata" book that will be jointly authored by several visitors and contributers to this forum will cover these in pretty good detail.

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P.S. - If anyone has a Japanese marked rifle or pistol from any manufacturer from the approximate 1850 - 1900 time period other than a Murata please drop me a line. We can get the Japanese markings translated for you in exchange for the basic info on the weapon.
 

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Squid confirmed this roughly but had no detail. That said, I found the attached at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK special exhibit on arms and armor from the movies...
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Rifles in "last Samurai"

The Muskets seen at the beginning of the film are M1863 Springfield copies (Japan made many of these back in the 70s and 80s);
The Bolt action guns show in the later part of the film are M71/84s from Equador, pimped up by Gibbs and co, and reduced to single shot only.
The Blank ammo was made up by Joe Swanson Blanks of Arizona, using modified 45/70 brass (turned rim, resized).

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Doc AV
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Australia.

and NO, we didn't work on the film, even if it was mostly shot close by in New Zealand...all "insider" info.
 

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but in most of the close shots they look like plain 1871s...you say that they are the South American 71/84s though? I'm going to have to go back and look at the movie again.
 

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but in most of the close shots they look like plain 1871s...you say that they are the South American 71/84s though? I'm going to have to go back and look at the movie again.
Wow, I don't even remember seeing 71s or 71/84s in that film.
 
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