Tanegashima Tantutu

Japanese matchlock, tantutu, samurai gun, samurai pistol, Tanegashima
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     The Japanese matchlock was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese during the Sengoku period (warring state period).  Originally called teppó, it was later known by the name Tanegashima, named after the island Tanegashima who was governed by 16 year old Tanegashima Tokitaka (1528–1579).  The Tanegashima rifle was purchased, quickly reproduced and sold throughout Japan.  Within the first 3 years the samurai clans either accepted the teppó (riffle) and tantutu (pistol) into their arsenal or where quickly defeated by them.  By the end of the 16th century it was reported that Japan was the largest producer of firearms in the world, with over 300,000 produced within the first 10 years of its introduction. 

     Our Tanegashima teppó (rifle) and tantutu (pistol) are handmade in Japan using wood for the dai (stock), brass for the jiita (plating) and zinc alloy for the tsutsu (barrel).  It is crafted to look and feel like a real Tanegashima and to meet import laws for most countries, which is why it is a non-functional replica.  Although the powder box and be open, the trigger can be pulled and the hammer will drop, it cannot be made to fire and will be exported as a “toy gun”.      

  • Tantutu:  Barrel 39 cm, Handle 27 cm, Overall 67 cm ~ 2.6 lbs


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