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