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Kan Uchi Teppo; Copper metal dart gun. Contemporary

SKU: Kan Uchi Teppo, Copper $149.95
A contemporary Japanese Kan Uchi Teppo or metal dart gun. Copper with spring actuated firing mechanism in good working condition. Complete with metal dart. Measures: 19.5cm. long x 3.5cm wide. Weight: 420g. NOT A TOY! This item is possibly the contemporary successor to the Chinese Sleeve Arrow or Xiu Jian, which used a bamboo shaft fitted with a metal head and fired using a spring-loaded tube strapped to the arm. Because the sleeve arrow had little power, the tip was often poisoned and aimed at the face. Sleeve arrows were invented during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 A.D.).