For more photos of this 19. The Imperial Japanese Army felt a smaller pistol of domestic design that could accommodate the standard cartridge was needed to substitute the larger, heavier, and only official military pistol, the Type 14 Nambu. Production began under the supervision of the at the Nambu Rifle Manufacturing Company and later its successor, Chuo Kogyo Company, Ltd. Usually only the tip of the latter is visible the little oval in the upper left of a right side photo. Many pistols were not serialized and no pistols have been reported that bear July 1945 manufacture date. Those two books have more than paid for themselves just in not having to buy replacements for parts I may have broken not knowing the proper disassembly proceedure! The pistol has typical rough late war finish, which makes grading difficult, but the bluing is excellent overall.
As a combat handgun it was a joke but, because of its high price tag, it was a status symbol for more affluent officers who could afford one. Tokyo Gas and Electric also produced Babies, but only about 550 of them. The Type A had two basic variants with the first group of Nambus produced between 1903-06 different than those produced after 1906. When loaded, this pistol was known to fire at the worst possible times. Witness why the Nambu Type 94 Pistol might be the most dangerous handgun ever made. They differ mostly in terms of markings. The first 450 Type Bs had a wooden magazine bottom and single diameter firing pin but later Type Bs were produced with an aluminium magazine bottom and multiple diameter firing pin.
For more photos of this 14. Original Walther grips with blue inserts and original Walther magazine. I finally finished the rebuild in early December, 2003. What seemed particularly interesting was the color of the grips at a glance from the other side of their tables. Grandpa Type A Nambus have multiple variances from the later Type A Modified.
Chigusa Type 14, please click here: This Type 14 is dated Showa 4. Less than 700 were produced with this combination. There are no slide rails on the frame, and the slide and barrel are held in place, and reciprocate on, two upward frame projections above the triggerguard and a bridge at the rear that is integral with the frame. You can find Trey at Thanks for the additional input guys. The metal is pretty good, but when I got it, it had a pair of white plastic replacement grips, the wrong type of magazine and needed a minor repair. Between 1916 and 1921, Nambu modified his pistol in order to make it simpler and cheaper to produce, and in 1927 the Japanese Imperial Army officially adopted the improved model as the 14 Nen Shiki Jenju Type 14 Pistol.
When loaded if the pistol could fire accidentally if the exposed sear bar gets pushed. The sear bar on the Type 94 Nambu converts the forward pull of the trigger into a lateral movement that frees the hammer. I was going to look in to a set of Wolff springs and see what they had for the Nambu. It was officially adopted for issue to in the Japanese Army in 1927 and was available for purchase by officers. The Type 94 pistol entered production in 1935. These marks on the rear of the barrel are a bit of a mystery to me.
Kokubunji guns like this are the most common of the small trigger guard variation, but it is still hard to find them in nice condition. The magazine has two other marks, both of which are inspection marks. This pistol looks pretty good, though on close inspection it is not as good as it first appears. The dates referred to are based on the system used to mark the pistols, the year and month of the Showa era Emperor Hirohito's reign. Forward of this was marked the traditional company emblem. Papa Nambus had aluminum bottomed magazines with lanyard loops retained in rings.
It was made in the Kokubunji factory of Chuo Kogyo. The Great Book of Guns. I'm working on a type 38 carbine right now, hoping I can acquire one soon. There is a picture that looks like it's been under these plastic grips for quite some time, as there appears to be some rust bleeding through what looks like a thin piece of card stock or something of the like that has been in contact with the frame for who knows how long. After the war ended in Europe he must have been sent to the Pacific.
This pistol is number Z516340. Type 14 production started in late 1926 at very low levels, but the earliest one I have is from 1928. An auxiliary magazine spring was added from mid-1940 to retain the magazine and aid the magazine follower. Referred to as the Baby Nambu, it was thought that its smaller size and lighter weight would be better received by the army, but although the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal put the Type B into production quickly, it, too, never caught on very well, due to being approximately twice the cost of an imported pistol. It has it's original finish with nice patina throughout. Here is my second Tokyo Arsenal gun, a 5. The grip is smaller than other Japanese pistols and is finished with smooth wood but according to author Jeff Kinard, are more comfortable for use by men with smaller hands.
After clearing the Type 94, the operator must draw the slide against the magazine follower to hold the bolt to the rear of the pistol. It is a Nagoya Nambu, Kokubunji factory pistol dated Showa 12. According to authors, Harry L. Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893—1945 2003 , p. N' factory address together with 'Mauser's Patent and number '210170'. Look carefully at the front part of the frames just above the front of the trigger guard. It is a stylized version of the kanji character nan, meaning south.
Let me see if I can fire it one more time here. Plexi glass grips are found from time to time on the pistols, and the thought is that they were made from the pleix glass from downed aircraft. In 1902 he had completed his design of an 8mm pistol. This symbol looks like an upside down y in a circle. As with the Type 14 as the war progressed the quality of the Type 94 deteriorated. The bottom of the trigger guard shows rough machining. There is also one of Rifles and Shotguns.