Japanese Type 14 Nambu Pistol, Holster, Capture Paper, Bullets, Headband. This is a rare collection consisting of one Japanese Type 14 Nambu pistol & its leather holster with associated items. The Japanese Showa 5.2 Tokyo Arsenal Type 14 Nambu pistol has the serial number 10855 and the production date Showa of “5.2“ (1930, February). This 1930’s dated pistol is also serial number listed in the US Army Capture Papers which are complete with the US Army serviceman’s unit designation or the unit that issued the capture papers- the “21st Replacement Depot” located in Manila, Philippines. The magazine serial number is “499” which does not match the pistol serial number. The Type 14 leather Clamshell pistol holster with spare striker pocket next to the ammo pouch. On the underside of the clamshell flap and in the center are three Japanese characters for the date and manufacture information. Inside the ammo pouch is a bore brush wrapped in oil paper and appears unused. Also found with the pistol were 11 Japanese pistol bullets wrapped in the Japanese soldier’s headband, and an unknown tool (for unknown purpose, mortar adjustment or breakdown?). The headband is a rectangular patch of material with blue dots on a white (now yellowish) background and the pistol bullets were wrapped up in the headband by the US Army soldier that recovered the pistol. For information on the manufacture and several arsenal marks that appear on this pistol please review this website http://members.shaw.ca/tju/t14gallery.htm. This is Terry Shaw’s website on Japanese pistols and she has a Showa 5.2 Tokyo Type 14 that the serial number is only 703 pistols apart (this pistol is 10855 and her Type 14 is 10152) As well, both pistols have gone through the same arsenal refits and she has documented this process very well. This is an incredible WWII collection of individually associated items including pistol, holster, bullets, headband, capture papers, and tools from a Japanese NCO or Officer. I have included a brief history of the Type 14 Nambu pistol below.
Type: Single Action
Chamber: 8x22 mm Nambu
Weight unloaded: 900 g
Length: 230 mm
Barrel length: 117 mm
Capacity: 8 rounds
The type 14 pistol was designed by Japanese general Kijiro Nambu circa 1925 (14th year of the Taisho emperor, hence the official designation), as an improvement over the earlier pistol of his design. This pistol was adopted by Imperial Japanese Army and widely used during all S-E Asia campaigns and through the World War 2 as a standard Army sidearm.
Type 14 is a recoil operated, locked breech pistol. It featured a short recoiling barrel with the bolt, moving inside the cylindrical barrel extension. The barrel to bolt lock is achieved by the vertically tilting locking member, which is cammed down after the short recoil of the barrel, stopping the barrel and releasing the bolt to complete the ejection and reloading cycle. The bolt has two symmetrically located recoil springs and a knurled knob at the rear for manual operation. Pistol is striker fired, with single action trigger and manual safety on the left side of the frame, above the trigger. Interestingly enough, the trigger guard with the trigger can be removed from the fun for clearing and maintenance when gun is field stripped. Type 14 Nambu pistol uses single column magazine that holds 8 proprietary bottlenecked rounds of ammunition. Gun has fixed sights and a belt loop at the rear of the frame, above the grip. It can be said that the overall design of the Type 14 was inspired part by the P08 Luger (overall shape) and part by the C-96 Mauser (locking system), but overall design is quite original. Late production pistols, made in the 1940s, can be distinguished by the enlarged trigger guard that allowed the pistol to be used in winter gloves. These pistols also featured additional magazine retention spring mounted in the front strap of the grip, to avoid magazine loss during the use of the pistol, ans simplified bolt knob. 8x22mm Nambu ammunition use a bottle-necked case with 103 grains (6.67 gram) jacketed bullet over the 3.5 grains (0.23 grams) of smokeless powder, producing muzzle velocities of about 1065 fps (325 m/s) from the Type 14 pistol. In terms of energy this round is far inferior to other pistol cartridges, used by major powers in WW2, such as .45ACP, 9mm Luger and 7.62mm TT.
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