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October 24, 2010 by  
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“Samurai” Mauser M1871/84 11mm Rifles For Sale

In 2002, Master Armorer Robert “Rock” Galotti was hired for a new movie being put into production starring Tom Cruise. Entitled “The Last Samurai”, the movie was set in Japan during the 1870’s and featured spectacular battle sequences requiring hundreds of working Mauser rifles from the period. A veteran Armorer of dozens of films, including “The Matrix” and “Mission Impossible”, Rock set out to find the most authentic arms available. He contacted Gibbs’ President, Val Forgett, as he had heard that Val had recently acquired a large group of 19th Century Mauser rifles. These rifles had been stored for over 100 years in less-than-ideal conditions, causing significant deterioration to the wood and loss of finish on the metal. Read more