Last Samurai question


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Nightcrawler
December 11, 2003, 10:19 PM
What was the rifle tha the Imperial Army soldiers were using in the climax of the Last Samurai? They had a bolt-action but appeared to be single shot.

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Mike Irwin
December 11, 2003, 10:39 PM
Well, depending on when the movie/battle scenes were supposed to have taken place, it could have been a Murata, which was adopted sometime around 1880.

It was a single-shot bolt action in 11x60Rmm, based on the French Chassepot design.

The Japanese bought large quantities of French Chassepot rifles, a turn-bolt type action that originally used a paper-wrapped cartridge, but which had been converted to the 11x59Rmm Gras cartridge.

Nightcrawler
December 11, 2003, 11:02 PM
Took place in 1876-77. In the beginning of the movie, they had rifle-muskets, but at the end, they had single shot cartridge rifles.

Mike Irwin
December 12, 2003, 12:05 AM
That would be about right. The Japanese bought a lot of Chassepot rifles in the 1875 period, IIRC.

Nightcrawler
December 12, 2003, 12:12 AM
It was interesting to see the old Gatling guns in the movie, too.

Travis McGee
December 12, 2003, 12:24 AM
Sounds great, I gotta see it. I love period epics, especially from less well know periods.

Mike Irwin
December 12, 2003, 12:47 AM
Are the Gatling guns historically accurate for Japan?

Nightcrawler
December 12, 2003, 12:55 AM
Well, in the movie they're provided by the US, in an attempt to lure the Japanese government to sign a lucrative arms deal.

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