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I am attempting to locate a member, Frank Allan.  He wrote an article in the Spring 2012 Winchester Collectors magazine on `66 and `73 Winchesters that were shipped to Japan pre 1900 or so.  I have one and am attempting to correspond with him if anyone has his contact information.  I know 2012 is a while back, but I am hoping he is still around.  Thanks, Wayne SpearsLaughLaugh

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Wayne,

I search for him in the Winchester Collector magazines with no hits and there is no article in the Spring 2012 about 66’s or 73’s. Are you sure it was the Winchester Collector?

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Bob & Wayne,

It is the Winter 2011 Collector not the Spring 2012 and the spelling is noted on page 14-15 as Francis C. Allan in the magazine title. But at the end of the article the name Frank Allan is used. 

Wayne,

I’m assuming you’ve tried reaching him through the address, email and phone number listed on page 15 of the article?

Have you contacted the WACA secretary?

I see where he published a book in 2006.

Here is the book’s back page that notes the book’s editor, you may try reaching out to him as well to see what he knows. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/712mJg38xbL.jpg

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I tried the address listed at the end of the article with no success….not deliverable.  Thanks for the correct spelling of the name, that should help.  Wayne

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I read the article.  Very interesting.  Wayne – you mention M1866 and M1873 Winchesters.  Frank’s article references Henry and M1866 Winchesters.  Unless I missed it, I saw no mention of M1873 Winchesters.  What model rifle do you have?

It is fascinating to ponder what the Japanese thought of these rifles.  That I know of, they had no repeating rifles of their own during this time period.  Or at least, no lever action repeating rifles.  It would be something to have more information on how they tested them, what conclusions they drew and so on.

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Steve, mine is a `73 saddle ring carbine in 44-40.  It has numerous Japanese characters stamped into the right side of the buttstock.  A friend of mine bought it at an estate sale of a ww2 vet who supposedly brought it back from Japan after the war.  It is a little rough, but still shoots well.  I believe from the serial number(I don`t have it in hand) it was made in 1892.  I have a Winchester letter on it, but the information is of little value as to how it wound up on Japan.  I think most were used by police depts. and such.  Wonderful little gun to handle and shoot.

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Frank Allan is active on Gunboards,specifically the Japanese Collector’s Boards. His contact info is in his profile.

HTH

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