Nambu Type 94


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SC_Slowhand
April 27, 2013, 01:13 PM
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I picked up a Japanese WWII Nambu, Type 94, 8 mm pistol, this week at a local gun shop. Iíve been keeping an eye out for one for years. Very rare in LGS and at gun shows theyíre way over priced.

I recognized the first Kanji marks as being from an armory in Japan. Having owned an Arisaka Rifle. It uses a numbering system that shows the year and month of the Sho or Showa Empire, which was Emperor Hirohito's reign. It's a Type 94, which means it was adopted in the year 2594 by the Japanese Calendar.

The 12 - 11 stamp says that it was produced in November 1937. There is a final inspection mark, followed by the mark of the Nagoya Arsenal and the Company Logo of Chuo Kogyo, who inherited the company after Nambu died. That's on the right side.

http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv308/bgoff689/weapons/NambuType94Lft.jpg

I going to a gun show this weekend, so if I run into some ammo, it may get a range trip. If that happens Iíll be extra cautious. Theyíre notorious for not being user friendly.

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rosewood151
April 27, 2013, 01:16 PM
That long thin strip in front of the safety is the sear. It is possible to fire the gun by pushing on it.

Kiln
April 27, 2013, 03:51 PM
Wow, they're neat looking guns. Not too pretty but definitely a good conversation piece.

Quality on Nambu pistols is said to range from acceptable to "fires when the frame is squeezed". Personally I don't know but I wouldn't mind owning one just to have one.

481
April 28, 2013, 09:17 PM
That pistol seems to be in very nice condition. Heck, I pick up one in that condition without a second thought.

Might be able to pick up some ammo here

http://www.ammo-one.com/8mmNambu.html

or here (when it is offered again)

http://www.buffaloarms.com/Detail.aspx?Prod=158148

or here

http://www.ows-ammo.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=8mm+nambu

Kind of pricey, but at least it gets you up and running even if you only buy a box.

19-3Ben
April 29, 2013, 10:32 AM
I'd talk to Tim Sundles about building up a load that could turn your Nambu into a bear gun.:p

Seriously though, that's a really neat piece of history.

5-SHOTS
April 29, 2013, 12:13 PM
Nice piece of history, congratulations. In a pistol book I have it is advertised to be the most unsafe service pistol of all time with one in the chamber :eek:. If it was mine I don't think however I could resist to test fire it at the range :D.

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