"Japanese Model 027"

Hamilton Rifle web page updated Feb. 07

In 1965 the American Import Company of San Francisco brought in the Japanese version of the Hamilton Model 027 Rifle and where sold to area retailers for just under $ 10.00. The Rifles didn’t sell as well as expected because many Gun shops and sporting goods storeowners refused to sell the rifle because they consider the rifle unsafe, due to the rifle capability to chamber long rifle cartridge. Unable to sell the few rifles they had on hand the Import Company stopped importing the rifle.
The Japanese version closely resembles the original Hamilton Model 027. They both have the same brass liner barrel and a frame made of stampings. The small bolt action is identical to the H Model 027.
The only different is the Japanese 027 has a stepped barrel. The stock is stained walnut and has a Monte Carlo shape with a rubber butt pad. The front sight is a blade type and the rear is adjustable. The finished is blued with a polished brass trigger guard. The serial number and Made in Japan are stamped on the left side frame.
Actually the Japanese Model 027 is better made than the original Hamilton 027 rifle.

RIFLE MARKINGS:
Markings stamped on the left side of the frame: The serial number and “Made in Japan”

SPECIFICATIONS:
Mechanism Type: Barrel opens like a double barrel shot gun
Caliber: .22 short or long
Weight: 3 ½ lbs.
Length: 34”
Barrel length: 17 ¼ “ brass liner, two diameter
Mfd. Date: 1965
App. Mfd.: 250

“NO” Rifle Parts or Drawings:

Rifle Values: Updated 2/23/07..
Poor $ 75 / Fair $135/ Good $185/ Very Good $240/ Fine $310/ Excellent $340/ Factory New $410

Note: Rifle values are Estimations based on dealers and collectors input and NRA Antique Condition Standards.


NRA ANTIQUE CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS

Factory New - all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

Excellent - all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

Fine - all original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.

Very Good - all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

Good - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Fair - some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Poor - major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative, generally undesirable as a collector’s firearm.

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