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Old 08-04-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default Mystery pistol of apparently Asian origin. Please help!

This gun was passed down from my grandfather. He didn't share its story (if he really knew it) and I'm very curious. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:35 AM   #2
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This is a Nambu Type 94 pistol. Some info for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nambu_Type_94_pistol

NOTE OF CAUTION! These are designed with the trigger bar on the left side of the weapon exposed, in the open. If the weapon is cocked, and safety off, pressing on that bar will cause the gun to fire.

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Now that our resident encyclopedia has identified the gun others can do a bit of googling...

Here's a pic of some various Nambu pistols and a link to a site on the history...the type 94 is bottom right. The wooden grips on yours marks it as probably a mid to late 1944 production...Japan's manufacturing resources were becoming severely strained at this point. Is there a number stamped on the rear of the frame 18 or 19.X? 18=1943, 19=1944...x=month.

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Welcome. That is a cool looking pistol. I bet there was a great story. To bad he did not tell you about it.
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I checked the numbers and it says 19.12 so I assume by what you've said that it was made in December of 1944. Again thank you so much. The gun has a leather holster with integrated magazine carrier. Unfortunately it we don't have a magazine for it...yet. Will this be a difficult find/expensive?
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A type 94 is in a local gun shop. It is kind of a simple design and crudely made. Lethal none the less.
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BTW..."welcome to the forum". Stick around!
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Once in a while you will find the magazines on ebay, or gun auction sites such as gunbroker or auction arms. You can also get modern reproductions from companies like this one: http://www.ammoclip.com/J/japanese.htm They are not common, fairly scarce, as is 8mm Nambu ammo. And no, nothing else will substitute for 8mm Nambu. When shopping, make SURE is is for a 94 Nambu- there ARE others.
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Out of curiosity , what would that, or one of the other Nambu's cost?
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WITH a holster and the TWO magazines, about $650-$750 or so.
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