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THE JAPANESE MATCHLOCK
The Japanese matchlock has been used in Japan since the middle of the 16th century when it was introduced into Japan by the Portuguese. It came to be known throughout the world as the Tanegashima (named after the island of its original port of entry), and has maintained its original style and construction since its inception into Japan. Made and used for about 300 years, it is one of the world's longest utilized guns.


As noted, the matchlock entered Japan during the Sengoku period ( the age of the country at war) and earned its place among the weapons of war such as the sword, spear, and bow. While the basic components of the matchlock remained relatively unchainged over the years, they were made in a great number of shapes, sizes, and varieties; so much so that it is difficult to find two that are exactly alike.

Below you will find a diagram of the generic matchlock with its parts defined.
Shiba-hikigane - Butt Protector
Hikigane - Trigger
Karakuri - Lock
Jiita - Plate
Yuojintetsu - Trigger Guard
Biyu - Rivet
Hinawa Toushi Ana - Hole for the Matchcord
Hajiki Gane - Spring
Dugane - Stock Ring
Hibasami - Hammer Arm
Amaoi - Barrel Protector
Hibuta - Pancover

Hizara - Pantray



Dai - Stock
Tsutsu - Barrel
Moto Maete - Rear Sight
Udenuki - Sling Hole
Naka Maete - Middle Sight
Mekugi Ana - Pin Hole
Saki Maete - Front Sight
Karuka - Ramrod
Suguchi - Muzzle
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