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No, but very sweet Pancho! I have wanted one of these for years, I remember as a kid, that many people thought they didn't exist, now, you see them much more often.

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quote:Originally posted by Pancho

Has anyone a lower numbered Baby Nambu?
Very nice pistol. I do not have one of a lower serial #, however, some one does as there are at least 31 lower numbers recorded.
 

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Garfield, that would be something to see, I have held a couple of baby's, but an early one would be nice to examine. Are there differences in the early compared to later?

BTW, What is the timeframe of manufacture?

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quote:Originally posted by 66mustang
Are there differences in the early compared to later?
BTW, What is the timeframe of manufacture? Ed
The first/early Baby Nambus were manufactured by Tokyo Artillary Arsenal. Their known serial # range is #46-5881. Approx the last 550 Baby Nambus were manufactured by Tokyo Gas and Electric/TGE. The estimated serial # range for the TGE run is 5900-6450. The known TGE serial # range is 5902-6443.

Basically, all Baby Nambus, both Tokyo and TGE are identical in design and quality; other than some markings, of course. There are machining differences. One that comes to mind are differences in the knurlling on the bolt lock and mag latch. I have heard it said that the Tokyo is, overall, a "finer" made pistol. FWIW, I can't tell the difference. But then, I have not seen that many TGEs. Given the fact that only 550 TGE Baby Nambus were produced, that is not surprising.



I don't believe that there is an exact answer to your question regarding dates of production runs. References indicate that Tokyo may have begun production production as early as 1903, most certainly by 1909, and terminated production in 1923. Just when TGE started and ended production is also not certain, however, the dates of 1923-1929 are usually accepted as ballpark.
 
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I know that Tokyo Baby Nambu #1 will be featured in Harry Derby`s new book from Schiffer which is due out in October. Lots of new data on Japanese pistols see:
www.schifferbooks.com

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I have serial #529 in my collection.
 
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