(KD NOTE: plug in quotes from Military Industries of Japan by Ushisaburo Kobayashi (1922))
WHO made these things originally?
(I am including the Japanese Albinis here in this question (see: Japanese
Albini). Who made the Pre-conversion muzzle loader? A friend
speculates that one possibility is that they were actually made in Belgium
and are simply the equivalent of today's "Fake R-O-L-E-X!" designed to
give the Japanese what they wanted but couldn't actually afford, i.e.,
British built guns. So they were sold Belgian guns. Just
as likely, maybe more likely I think, is that they were simply contracted
by the Japanese "from the trade" as other nations did Your thoughts?
COMPARE this rifle to the Japanese Albini converstion
Japanese "Allumette" Snider Conversion Rifle (maybe) Pics (click here)
"Allumette" Snider Conversion (maybe) Pics Beneath the Wood
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