The initial pistols were cut for a shoulder stock but the Navy changed its mind before delivery and had the stock slots filled at the arsenal. The 158th Engineers were with the 3rd Army at Bastogne. The fixed sights are actually very clear and easy to read for the period. This locking of the barrel extension to the bolt is achieved by a locking block roughly resembling a hammer head that is attached to the extension and engages the underside of the bolt body. Later examples featured an oblong trigger guard for easier access with gloved fingers, but the modification appears more like an afterthought than a deliberate design change. The inside of the ammo pouch closure stud is not covered with a leather reinforcement, unlike later Type 14 holsters.
In excess of 71,000 units were produced by the end of the war. Production lasted but 10 years—1935 through 1945—and only 71,000 were made. Almost all of them have the date on the right side. The first military Nambu pistol authorized for Japanese military use appeared about 1904 when the Imperial Japanese Army issued an official rescript permitting officers to purchase Nambu pistols as sidearms. It was intended as a private purchase option for officers who needed to carry a sidearm, but did not want or need a full size service pistol. The Type B ceased production in 1931. Type 14 pistols were marked with the month and year of manufacture, according to year of Emperor Hirohito.
. To compliment the fullsized version, Mr. The Grandpa is easily distinguished from the Papa by the very small trigger guard and wood based magazine. Nagoya Arsenal oversaw three factories in production: Toriimatsu, Chigusa, and Kokubunji. Kijiro Nambu September 22, 1869 — May 1, 1949 was born shortly after the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate to a former samurai. Come for the info, stay and make some friends.
Military Small Arms of the 20th Century 7th ed. Caliber 8mm Nambu Overall Length 9. The Grandpa Type A was produced until around serial number 2400. Here is a photo with the flap open and the ammo pouch closed. The Type B Nambu was designated the Type Nambu by Japanese Authorities. These differ primarily in that the Second Model features a larger triggerguard, which makes the pistol easier to operate when wearing gloves.
The two characters below that are probably inspection marks. Ammunition is fed by a detachable eight round box magazine. This was the version that achieved official adoption by the Japanese Navy in 1909. At this point the locking block reaches a cut in the receiver and cams downward into it, unlocking the bolt from the barrel. All of these pistols are cut for a shoulder stock and were originally issued with a shoulder stock holster. Few of the Type A pistol were produced.
These are almost impossible to come by and bring very high prices when they do come on the market. Papa Nambus had aluminum bottomed magazines with lanyard loops retained in rings. A redesigned cocking knob was implemented in 1944 in order to simplify production. Ezell Handguns of the World credits the 7 x 19. The presentation Papa is a gorgeous pistol: Thanks to Jim Langley for inviting us to take a look at the very rare piece! The Type 26 revolver was approved for service during the 26th year of the Meiji era, which was 1893. After he had opened his own factory in the 1930s, Nambu was approached by the Japanese Imperial Army with a request for a smaller, lighter pistol for air crews, tank crews, paratroopers and other specialist troops, with speed and cheapness of manufacture being the utmost priorities.
The bolt was a solid piece that protruded from the rear end of the pistol. By comparison, they give the statistics for the 8 x 21mm Nambu as; Ezell; 102 gr. Please do not attempt to fire or dry fire that pistol as firing pins frequently break if dry fired. But I would say an officer armed with one was packing at least the equivalent of a. The breech-lock was achieved by a propping system similar to the breech lock system used in the. I got this second Baby Nambu holster as part of a large collection of several pistols and holsters that I bought from a collector in Edmonton.
You can contact the seller by clicking on the seller's nickname. Production was set up two years later at the state-owned Koishikawa Arsenal in Tokyo. It is the four cannonballs mark of Tokyo Arsenal. In the last half of the 19th century, the island nation of Japan made a rapid transition from a medieval-like feudal society to a modern, industrial nation state with imperialistic aspirations. The Papa Nambu never actually replaced the Type 26 9mm revolver. The lower pistol is one of the 1945 produced Square Backs.
When the holster is opened you can see a large blacked-out area inside the flap. In 1934, just after he had started production of the Type 14 pistol in his plant, he was approached by the army. The characters in the lower left are even fainter, but the one on the left also appears to be a Japanese eight. The magazine is loaded by hand, as there is no charger clip for loading. Type 14 pistols were marked with the month and year of manufacture, according to year of Emperor Hirohito. Pistols of the World 4th ed. 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.
Note the vertical tab at the back of the follower left side of photo. It was expensive to produce. Here is a look inside with the cleaning rod and spare magazine inserted. Others saw service with Indonesian nationalist guerillas during their fight for independence from the Netherlands. The bolt pushes the barrel extension forward, allowing the locking block to pivot up, locking into the underside of the bolt as it goes into battery. Join us to discuss firearms of all kinds, gun accessories, legal issues and more. The gun in it may not have been carried with its spare magazine, as it should be a little more stretched out in that area, I think.