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Last Samurai question

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nightcrawler, Dec 11, 2003.

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  1. Nightcrawler

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    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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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    That would be about right. The Japanese bought a lot of Chassepot rifles in the 1875 period, IIRC.
     
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    It was interesting to see the old Gatling guns in the movie, too.
     
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    Sounds great, I gotta see it. I love period epics, especially from less well know periods.
     
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    Are the Gatling guns historically accurate for Japan?
     
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    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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