Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 374: Tokyo Arsenal Baby Nambu Pistol 7 mm Nambu

Auction Date: April 20, 2012

Extraordinary Rare Japanese Baby Nambu Pistol with Two Matching Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,500

Extraordinary Rare Japanese Baby Nambu Pistol with Two Matching Magazines

Manufacturer: Tokyo Arsenal
Model: Baby Nambu
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7 mm Nambu
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 94
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is an exceptional example of a Japanese "Baby Nambu" pistol as manufactured by the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal in Koishikawa Tokyo. These pistols were never officially adopted by the Japanese military, but were intended as private purchase sidearm by high raking officers of the Army and Navy. The top of the chamber area bears the four intertwined cannon balls of the Tokyo arsenal and the right side of the receiver has the Japanese Kanji markings over the serial number "4544". It has matching serial numbers, on the underside of the bolt, the back of the magazine and on the inside of each grip panel. Approximately 5,900 examples of the finely finished, compact, "Baby" Nambu pistol were manufactured before production ceased. These pistol had a high quality rust blue finish on the main parts of the pistol with a straw colored finish on the small parts such as the trigger, magazine release, extractor, firing pin end cap with the bolt having a bright, "in the white. As noted this pistol is complete with two nickel plated magazines with the aluminum base, both of which have matching serial numbers (4544) on the back side of each of one. The grips are finely checkered hardwood. The "Baby" Nambu is perhaps one of the most desirable Japanese semi-automatic pistols and have always been highly prized in any Japanese military collection.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 95% plus of the original blue finish still remaining overall with some minor oxidation and browning of the blue finish on the back strap, with a very minor small area of pin-prick pitting on the very lower edge of the back strap. The various small parts retain 50% of their straw colors overall with most of the finish loss on the trigger and magazine release button. The grips are both in excellent condition with a nice dark brown matching color on both grip panels, with nice distinct checkering on both sides with only minor handling marks. This pistol has all matching numbers to include both magazines. An exceptional example of a highly desirable Japanese "Baby" Nambu pistol.

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