That is one of the craziest fanatasy stories I have heard!
The Kono HH or HD2 petty's would fit right around your price range and definitely are light. Also, I would add the Gesshin Ginga to that list.
Spanish-American war photograph, 1898, an army kitchen.
I like this photo there is a lot to it.
Looking good Pete!
Is one a lefty...?