Welcome to the home page of BANZAI, the monthly newsletter/magazine for anyone interested in Japanese militaria.
Started by Don Harper in 1982, BANZAI has become a medium for all levels of Japanese militaria collectors to exchange information and buy, sell or trade all kinds of Japanese militaria. This web site is designed to augment BANZAI by providing a ready reference in the form of reprints of articles from BANZAI and a source for data sheets and on-going requests for research information on a variety of projects dealing with Japanese militaria. As such, this web site is not just an electronic version of BANZAI; and if you are interested in any aspect of Japanese militaria then you should be subscribing to BANZAI. (See the subscription information at the bottom of this page.)
To make loading faster, this site has been broken down into a number of smaller parts, which are listed in the table of contents below. To maximize the amount of useful information available, there are no flashy graphics and picture quality has been formulated for optimum display on a computer monitor. (Comments on picture quality would be appreciated.)
This site has now been active for over twenty years and we are still looking for contributions. As always, contributions are first printed in BANZAI and then transferred to this web site.
The following areas are planned for inclusion on this web site. If you have suggestions for additional areas, or any other comments or suggestions for this site, please e-mail them to SZielinski98@gmail.com . Those items marked under construction presently have no link to any further information.
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(For now, the bolt matching section is at the end of the above section.)
Research Requests and Information Wanted
Nambu Fakery (November 2001)
In Search of the Illusive Japanese Luger (October 2002)
Product Review - Replica Holsters, Straps and Lanyards (December 2003)
Early Japanese Vented Helmets (October 2005)
Data Sheets (for information being collected on various items)
Model 30 Rifle and Carbine (Posted 28 March 2006)
Model 38 Rifles and Carbines (New data sheets posted 24 February 2006)
Model 38 and 97 Sniper Rifles (Posted 23 February 2006)
Model 99 Short Rifles (New data sheets posted 14 November 2006)
Model 44 Carbine (New data sheets posted 7 March 2006.)
Murata Magazine Rifles and Carbines (aka "Murata Model 22"; 3 October 2003)
Rifle Trainers (Posted 10 March 2006)
Japanese Imported Arms of the Early Meiji Era (May, 2011)
Japanese Murata Rifles, 1880 - 1897 (August, 2010)
Italian-Japanese MP 38/43 Machine Pistol (October, 2003)
A Japanese Rifle Primer (Currently includes sections on Models 30, 38, 38
carbine, 38 cavalry rifle, 44, I, and 99.)
Model 44 Carbine Research Data Charts (November, 2001)
Rifle Grenade Launchers
Japanese Aviation (under construction)
Japanese Army Backpacks (March 2006)
Japanese Paratroops (under construction)
Ads (New ad policy February 2001. The ads for the current month's issue will be posted to the web site on approximately the 10th of the month and will stay for one month.)
The Collectors' Exchange - A list of individuals/companies that offer restoration services, reproductions, and/or are interested in buying/selling Japanese militaria.
This site was last revised on 14 February 2019.