Kuma sent us a photo of his uncle’s hunting rifles that feature handmade fully customized stocks.

These are my uncle’s rifle. He use this rifle as a hunting guide in Hokkaido, Japan.

Above
Action and barrel:SAKO
Caliber:.308
Stock:Maple wood(Custom)
Scope:Leupold

Bellow
Action and barrel:Sauet
Caliber:.30-06
Stock:Plywood(Custom)
Scope:Carl zeiss

He spent ¥2 million($16,000) each rifle.
Both stocks cost him ¥1.5 million($12,000) !

He call them “Another wives”.

Very few Japanese are allowed to own firearms so it is interesting to see firearms owned by a Japanese hunter. The laws banning weapons date back to the days when Japanese government decided to extinguish the Samurai.

UPDATE: Kuma wrote …

After submission, my uncle told me some information.

In japan, it is almost impossible to get new permission of rifles or shotguns with thmb hole stock now.

All firearms with pistol grip is inhibitted substantially.

And new permission for rifle is limited for person that own shotgun more than 10 years.

His rifle is exceptional permission for continued use.

(All rifles and shotguns are required to get permission every three years.)



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  • Tassiebush

    Always interesting to see the types of guns and shooting culture in different places. I’ve wondered about the Japanese hunting scene. I’d imagine it’s mostly their local sub species of wild boar and deer. Anyone able to share any insights?

    • Chase

      I believe in Hokkaido they hunt Asian black bear as well.

  • iksnilol

    No Howa? Though thumbs up for his choice of rifles (Sauer and Sako are good in my experience).

    How is ammo availability? And how available are components for reloading?

    • Anonymoose

      Howas are really nice, but I would take a Sauer or Sako over one any day. iirc, the Weatherby Vanguards are just Howa actions with Weatherby stocks.

      • iksnilol

        I know but I was thinking he would support a domestic producer.

        • Anonymoose

          National pride in MY Japan? I don’t think so!

          If I could afford Sauers or fancy Sakos I wouldn’t even give Remingtons, Winchesters, Savages, or Rugers a second glance. :^)

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Where do you put in the throwing stars?

    • anon

      Why do you have to be racist?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        If id made a joke about the Germans would you call me a racist?

        • MR

          “Where do you put the sauerkraut?”

        • anon

          Yes.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Then you need to read up on the definition of that word, dum-dum.

  • Dracon1201

    The top rifle is to die for.

    • Plumbiphilious

      That wood grain does funny things to my man-parts, it’s so beautiful.

  • Graham2

    Deer and boar numbers are getting out of control in Japan and there aren’t enough hunters to get on top of the problem. It will be interesting to see what the government do about it; train up more local hunters or get in foreigners to make a dent in the numbers.

    • tsubaka

      well if they “hire” foreigners it will be another problem foreigners suppose to bring theirs own rifle ?(with possible problem with japanese customs and laws)or japanese gov. will “lend” them some rifles ?

      • iksnilol

        Wouldn’t the “imported” hunters be less effective if they aren’t using their own rifles? I mean, you adjust and fit the rifle to yourself, you become used to it.

        Not that I can’t use different rifles effectively, but my rifle is the most comfortable for me.

        • MR

          I don’t know, but I was thinking that Kuma’s uncle might keep a rifle to lend or rent to his clients. Since firearm ownership is so rare and complicated there, it would likely expand his potential market to those who have the money and interest to hunt, but not necessarily navigate the myriad firearm laws. Foreigners would be in the same boat, “part of the experience”.

          May be totally off-base.

    • Chi Wai Shum

      Use government personel is quick and simple. Police is clearly the best choice and I believe it is always part of the job duty for police stationed in remote areas.

  • sean

    the descriptions are wrong. The ziess is on the maple and the leupold is on the plywood.

  • Jeff Smith

    I’m not usually one to covet a man’s wife, but I’ll make an exception in this case.

    Those are gorgeous.

  • myndbender

    Now that’s what I call a dedicated gun owner. To navigate Japan’s Byzantine gun laws and invest that much money into rifles that could be seized at any time. I call that dedication

  • sam

    It’s sad. I think I get what you’re saying. Things are better here, but I don’t like the idea of remembering that it could be worse. That’s like acquiescing to the legitimacy of the opposition.

    I prefer to think it could be worse for the anti-gun-freedom movement. They could have to put up with others being able to enjoy… well, more of the fruits of the 20th century vis-a-vis small arms, put it that way.

    • Hedio kojima

      I like your perspective on it.

  • Bal256

    I believe the term you’re looking for is “raifu”.