View Full Version : Nambu Type 94 (gun of the day)

August 23, 2001, 04:48 PM
Here's a fine looking pistol, right Mike? :)


One little mistake, and you jump all over me! :D

Mike Irwin
August 23, 2001, 10:11 PM
What the hell?

That's a Nambu?


Steven Mace
August 24, 2001, 03:05 AM

I thought this was a Nambu Model 94?

Steve Mace

Harley Nolden
August 24, 2001, 05:17 AM
Same here. Don't have any record of Nambu making a pocket auto.l But then I have been dead wrong before. It would also appear that the Japanese are using the a different language on this one.


Mike Irwin
August 24, 2001, 10:33 AM
I think Mr. Will fumbled.

That looks more like a Clement pocket auto to me.

It sure as poop isn't a Nambu.

James K
August 24, 2001, 10:43 PM
It sure as poop ain't a Nambu, (Gen. Nambu had nothing to do with it) but it is Japanese, the Type 94 (1934) pistol, chambered for the 8mm Nambu cartridge. They were originally made for export and are listed in some Japanese export catalogs of the 1930's. The guns were originally made with black plastic grips and were highly polished and blued. When war came, they were made for the Japanese armed forces, and were reportedly issued to Navy pilots as well as to some higher ranking officers. As the war went on, quality deteriorated.

In spite of the crude appearance, they are functional and fairly accurate. The sear bar (the dogleg shaped piece) is set into the left side of the pistol, and led to the WWII belief was that this was a "suicide pistol". Supposedly the Japanese soldier held out his pistol as if he were going to surrender it, then pressed the sear bar, either killing himself or an American. The story was nonsense, of course. No combat soldier would let an armed enemy get close enough to do anything like that, no matter how he held his pistol.


Mike Irwin
August 25, 2001, 04:41 PM

You're looking at the wrong picture.

The picture that was posted originally by John, but which isn't showing due to PhotoASA being down, was of a very small, apparently .25 caliber pocket semi-auto that looked a lot like one of the Clement pocket guns.

I know what a type 94 looks like, and the picture that John posted was NOT a type 94.

August 25, 2001, 09:53 PM
Actually Mike, he was seeing the type 94. I edited the message when I saw that I posted the wrong picture, comes from diddling with too many photos and not actually looking at what I posted. :D Of course, now that PhotoUSA is down, I don't have to explain it away anyway. :(

James K
August 25, 2001, 11:12 PM

I will look for the Clement(?) picture.

I want to thank you for posting all the interesting, and excellent, pictures and giving us a chance to comment on the various guns. I think I will have to get some digital photo capability so I can post a few that I have.


August 26, 2001, 10:09 AM

If you find a free photo site, please let me know. PhotoUSA seems down for the count, so I have to find a new host for my pictures.

James K
August 26, 2001, 05:41 PM
Hi, guys,

Barring another goof, we have fine pictures of two Japanese Type 94 pistols, one fairly early and one late. My comments on the Type 94 cover both.

Sorry I can't help with photo sites. I am looking for a digital camera.


August 26, 2001, 08:06 PM
PhotoUSA seems to be halfway up, I still can't log in, but my pictures are displaying again.