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TYPE 14 NAMBU, SMALL TRIGGER GUARD
The 8mm caliber Type 14 Nambu was manufactured from 1926 to 1945 by the Nambu Factory and several Japanese Government arsenals. The main variations are: the Small Trigger Guard Variation manufactured from 1926 to 1939 (showa date 14.9) and the Large Trigger Guard Variation manufactured from 1939 (showa date 14.9) to July 1945 (showa date 20.7). Approximately 102,850 of the Small Trigger Guard Variation and 179,550 of the Large Trigger Guard Variation were manufactured,




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Figure 1. This Small-Trigger Guard Variation-Type 14 Nambu, serial number19858, was manufactured in 1931, by the Tokyo/Kokura Army Arsenal in Japan for the Japanese military. These early Nambu’s exhibit top quality fit and finish..




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Figure 2. Type 14 Nambu, serial number 19858. Details of right side. The Showa date (6.1, 1931), manufacturers symbol, and serial number are located on the right frame.




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Figure 3. Type 14 Nambu, serial number 19858. Left side.




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Figure 4. Serial number on the back of matching magazine.




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Figure 5. Type 14 Nambu, serial number 19858. Rig showing leather holster, cleaning rod/magazine tool, and period military ammunition.




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Figure 6. Open holster. The cleaning rod is stored under the trigger guard, the extra magazine is stored on top of the cleaning rod, two boxes of ammunition can be stored in the pouch and there is a provision for an extra firing pin next to the ammunition pouch.




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Figure 7. World War II ammunition box which reportedly reads “14 Year Type Pistol Bullet 15 Pack”.
 

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Nice Type 14. The early ones are well made. I think people are just now coming to admire these interesting pistols. Still lots of nice ones out there!
Dean Gizzi
 
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