This subject piece is a very nice example of a "turn of the century" Greener single barrel shotgun said to have been exported to Australia in fair numbers just prior to and shortly after the turn of the century. The barrel is 33 7/16" long with a double lug lock-up system and a very unusual sight set-up. LOP is 13 3/8" to brass butt plate. Choke restriction is .020". At some point this gun had made its way to the Japanese port city of Yokohama where it was adorned with the pictured engraving and Japanese text. For the moment there is no way of telling exactly when the modifications had taken place but it is clearly different. The sight set-up has me and others thinking that the gun was used for large game. An initial translation has the Japanese text reading: Kananaru, Yokohama and "Ore that comes swiftly from the water". The early text is from the 10,000 character alphabet which many today have difficulties translating (at least in the United States). "Kananaru" may be a family name or the name of the importer. Everything is 100% original including the leather sling. The pictures pretty well say it all with the exception of the bore which is good but not perfect. There are some areas of shallow pitting that would easily come out with a hone but personally I'd leave it alone. The outside of the barrel retains all of the original blue with small areas of light oxide which I'd leave alone as well (nothing deep to be concerned about). Re-finishing this piece is not advised if you're a collector. It's a very interesting piece to say the least. I have many more pictures available upon request.
UPDATE: The firing pin works great.
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