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The Type 14 pistol shown here was produced in February of 1937 by the Nambu Rifle Manufacturing Co. (founded by Gen. Nambu) at the Kokubunji Factory. The Nambu Rifle MFG. Co (later absorbed into Chuo Kogyo Co., LTD.) produced around 112,000 of these arms between 1933 and 1944. Good production numbers make Kokubunji produced pistols fairly common but are still difficult to find in both good condition and matching serial numbers and magazines, like this original series example.
Type 14 pistol markings: “A” position: Period correct, angular SHO kanji character preceding date of manufacture, followed by period correct inspection marking. On frame above frame position “A”: Nagoya Arsenal and Nambu Rifle MFG. Co symbols followed by the SN. “B” position: no markings. On frame above position “B”: Kanji Type (model) designation. Frame left, front: Safety markings with correct Nambu arrow style. “D” position: TO inspection mark correct for Kokubunji Factory. Serial numbers and three digit partial numbers match on frame, left grip (in pencil; right grip illegibly marked), locking block, trigger guard, trigger, cocking knob, magazine latch, bolt, magazine safety, barrel/barrel extension, and magazine. Small parts inspection marked as seen in photos.
The striker is 73mm in length and the flat-sided striker guide is 47mm. The matching Type V, nickel plated magazine with alloy base is the original spare with the SN struck on the bottom rear strap with a dot centered above and TO inspection stamp below.
There is service wear on metal parts and very little wear on the grips. Bore is bright, clean, and has well-defined rifling. This is a fantastic representation of an original series Kokubunji Factory produced Type 14 pistol. See pictures for overall condition. FFL or C&R required for purchase.
Nambu Rifle Manufacturing Co., Kokubunji Factory
8 Round Magazine
excellent, clean, bright, well-defined rifling