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A 42" barrel would not be a good choice for wingshooting in my opinion. If I'm not mistaken, the barrel appears to be equipped with a shallow V rear sight. I'm betting the gun is designed for slug shooting of for taking stationary small game or birds at longer ranges.
That would not make it a poacher's gun, but one meant for use by the landed Japanese gentry. It's not a gun the average working class city or country dweller would want to or even be able to own. Pre and early post war Japanese society was very stratified (still is to some degree). Legally owning a shot gun (or any gun) was just not possible for the lower classes. Penalties were also very severe--like beheading. Just how it was in old Japan.
That would probably be the wisest thing to do. RST all the way. I finally ran across a armslist for one of these Japanese Greener type's that was advertised as a Greener type Japanese Trap gun. It had a rib barrel I think that was around 36". I like mine because it's 16ga and a odd ball.
Looks like a nice piece, thanks for sharing, have you measured the choke? if anything close to IM or full I see a turkey or card shoot gun. Weight? Probably little to no recoil with the long barrel. Best of luck with it.
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