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Old 08-16-2011, 6:10 PM
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Default Nambu - Type 14 -

New to me Nagoya arsenal Sept 1943 - Got a box of ammo too - Gun's humbers all match except the mag -






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Old 08-16-2011, 6:22 PM
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Very nice! Good score. Your not planning on shooting those original rounds are you? Geologyjohn. PS, I also have a Type 14.
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Old 08-16-2011, 7:41 PM
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Yeah, don't waste those rounds. They are collector items. Brass and the correct sized bullets are readily available. Reloading these is no harder than any other bottle-necked round. And you can get decent accuracy out of them. I have used mine to pop the odd rabbit here and there.
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Before you shoot it, see if it has any collector value. Unless it's been reblued, your Nambu is in very good condition. They don't usually look that good.

I've got a WWII bringback an elderly relative gave to me. It appears to be unfired, all matching numbers including two magazines and a fabric holster. Don't know how much it's worth, but it's I've never even thought of shooting it.
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Very very nice. That's high on my list of wants. The only major World War II power that I don't have a handgun from is Japan.
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Beautiful! Wish I has one to go with Grandpa's type 38...
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Very nice! I don't see many Nambu's around.
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Old 08-16-2011, 8:50 PM
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Nambus are some of the fugliest guns I've seen. You have a beautiful specimen there.
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Sweet! You finally got it in your hands. Have you rounded up shooting ammo yet?
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Old 08-17-2011, 7:27 AM
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Looks like the quality was still very good in 1943. These showed up on the Communist side in the Korean War, and in various guerrilla conflicts in Southeast Asia (Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaya, etc.). Good handgun; weak cartridge. GREAT collector's item.
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The cartridge isn't all that weak compared to it's contemporaries. When you look at some of the other rounds that were used in sidearms when the 1904 model came out (the Papa Nambu), it is ahead of the .32 ACP and 7.62 Nagant. It even rates right up there with the .38 Long Colt that we adopted 12 years before. Ok, that isn't saying much, but still... It only looks weak when compared to much larger cartridges like the .45 ACP or 9x19.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:35 AM
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Nice looking T14! The pistol is dated September, 1941. The magazine looks like an earlier style.
Wolf makes replacement springs for both the T94 and T14. All the Nambus that I have encountered have very weak springs. I'm not sure if it was a problem with war time expedience or just spring fatigue due to age.

My T14 was quite accurate, but not too reliable. Very first shot was directly on the x of the bullseye at an indoor range. Second round didn't chamber.
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My dating is all screwed up then - I was referencing a site that I can't find now -

Loading the mag takes effort - Unloading the mag of ammo takes effort - I can see potential problems -

All original - Not refinished -

Ofcourse I won't use the old ammo - For the price I paid for it -

I'll take a few more pics of the magazine tonight -


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Nice looking T14! The pistol is dated September, 1941. The magazine looks like an earlier style.
Wolf makes replacement springs for both the T94 and T14. All the Nambus that I have encountered have very weak springs. I'm not sure if it was a problem with war time expedience or just spring fatigue due to age.

My T14 was quite accurate, but not too reliable. Very first shot was directly on the x of the bullseye at an indoor range. Second round didn't chamber.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:57 PM
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Don't feel bad. If I couldn't remember that the war ended on 1945 (Showa 20), I'd never get the dates right!
If you go to any Cow Palace shows, there is a gentleman (http://www.loadxammo.com/) that sells newly made 8mm Nambu. Not cheap of course, but what is these days?
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Old 08-17-2011, 6:07 PM
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I've a few rounds I bought prior to buying the pistol -

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Very Nice Sai. I like the wood on that. The bluing looks pristine.

What is that lever on there for?

Do you just pull back on the round thing on the back to cock it?
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I went back and looked at the numbers and am correct - The 8 looks like a 6 in the initial photo -

The 3 7s are a match to my HSC last 3 digits too -

I do frequent the Cow shows -



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Don't feel bad. If I couldn't remember that the war ended on 1945 (Showa 20), I'd never get the dates right!
If you go to any Cow Palace shows, there is a gentleman (http://www.loadxammo.com/) that sells newly made 8mm Nambu. Not cheap of course, but what is these days?


Here are some pics of the mag -




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Old 08-17-2011, 6:21 PM
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I still can't believe this thing is from 1943 -

You pull and cock it with the round thing a ma jig -

Lever is the safety -

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What is that lever on there for?

Do you just pull back on the round thing on the back to cock it?
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Where'd you get it from and where can you find shootable ammo? Totally jealous.
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Yes, now I can see it's a Showa 18 (1943). Here's another place that sells ammo, if you don't mind mail order. I've used his ammunition and it works well.
http://www.macsguns.com/Brass.htm
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So ugly and sexy.
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What's the proper holster for this series? I see a few variations out there -
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I enjoyed mine when I had one, but never fired it. Very lightweight. Would have liked to have fired it, had I known it was reliable.
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What's the proper holster for this series? I see a few variations out there -
You mainly want to look for one of the rubberized canvas models as they came out around 1941. That said, there were some all leather holsters made up till '43. I've always liked the transitional half leather/half rubberized canvas.

Just keep an eye open for a Showa 17 or 18 dated holster and you'll be fine.
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