Lot 1504: Tokyo Arsenal - Baby Nambu
|Desirable Japanese Tokyo Arsenal "Baby Nambu" Semi-Automatic Pistol with Matching Magazine|
|Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000|
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|Serial #||Manufacturer||Tokyo Arsenal||Model||Baby Nambu|
|Type||Pistol||Gauge||7 Mm Nambu||Catalog Page||272|
|Barrel||3 1/4 Inch Round||Finish||Blue||Grip||Hardwood|
|Stock||Class||Curio & Relic Handgun||Rating||See Condition|
|Description||This is an excellent example of an early production, pre-WWII Japanese Baby Nambu pistol that was manufactured by the Tokyo Koishikawa Arsenal. The matching serial numbers are visible on the underside of the bolt, the back side of the cocking knob, the back of the magazine, inside both grip panels, and the bolt lock and striker guide, with an unnumbered firing pin. The magazine has a nickel-plated body with an aluminum base, that is correctly numbered "2157." and matching to the pistol. 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 Kana markings over the serial number "2157". This pistol has a high quality rust blue finish and straw colored trigger, magazine release, sear pivot pin and bolt lock; a bright finished bolt and checkered hardwood grips. These early Baby Nambu pistols were reserved for private purchase by high ranking Japanese Army and Navy Officers. The Baby Nambu is perhaps the most desirable WWII Japanese semi-automatic pistol,
|Condition||Excellent with 90% plus of the original blue finish blue loss and oxidation on the rear grip strap and a very small spot of pitting on the rear lower edge. The grips are in excellent showing no handling marks with only a couple of the checkered diamonds missing. The smaller parts retain 50% of their straw colors overall. A very nice looking, honest original early Japanese Baby Nambu pistol.|
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