MATSUMOTO CASTLE GUN CORPS
WHO WE ARE
The Matsumoto Castle Gun Corps formed in 1990 and since then we have been studying about matchlock gunnery. To do this we maintain a collection of matchlock guns that were made in the Edo-era and regularly practice and display gunnery exercises.
More than just skilled swordsmen, many samurai were experts with firearms.
The first firearms were introduced in 1543, changing the way battle was fought forever. Sometimes referred to as a teppo, tanegashima or hinawajyu, these weapons were domestically produced and frequently carried by the famed samurai of feudal Japan.
WHERE TO SEE US
Owing to the COVID-19 situation, the team is complying with social distancing recommendations where necessary.
16th May 2021 - Matsumoto Castle, Nagano.
23rd May 2021 - Takashima Castle, Suwa, Nagano.
However you can also see our demonstrations and images online using the shortcuts on the menu bar or clicking below.
Online - YouTube (click here)