Firearms (Reproduction)

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 16thcentury 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.