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And now for something a bit different...

Article about: This rifle came into a local gun shop a while back. I expressed interest in it at that time but the shop's owner said he'd be keeping it for his collection. Last week he called me to say it

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    Default And now for something a bit different...

    This rifle came into a local gun shop a while back. I expressed interest in it at that time but the shop's owner said he'd be keeping it for his collection. Last week he called me to say it was mine if I wanted it. It's a New Model Spencer rifle made in 1868 I think. It's in ok shape with a bit of the exterior case hardening still on the receiver and an excellent bore. It has Japanese kanji engraved on the receiver which I'm told read "#140 Meiji 27 (1894) Saga Prefecture". The rifle might have originally entered Japan to arm the forces of the Emperor Meiji during the Boshin War of 1868-69 fought against the Tokugawa Shogun. Later it migrated to Saga prefecture possibly to arm police or paramilitaries. Certainly something you don't see every day. Here are some pics.


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    Certainly a true statement-that is,indeed, something abit different! Somehow, they all come home in the end, hey? A fine rifle, fit for anyone's collection.
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    I agree - It is a Nice piece. Do you plan on shooting it.........?
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    An outstanding piece with a most interesting history.
    Cheers for posting it. Very enjoyable

    Dave

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