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Lot 3512: Scarce Japanese 'Baby Nambu' Pistol with Matching Magazine

Auction Date: September 10, 2017

Scarce Japanese "Baby Nambu" Pistol with Matching Magazine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,250 - $4,500

Scarce Japanese "Baby Nambu" Pistol with Matching Magazine

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Baby Nambu
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7 mm Nambu
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Item Views: 1981
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 197
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

A scarce example of the very desirable "Baby Nambu" pistol with matching magazine manufactured by the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal in Koishikawa, Tokyo. These rare pistols have a high quality rust blue finish with a bright polished "in the white" bolt with the straw colored trigger, magazine release, sear pivot pin and bolt lock. The matching magazine has a nickel-plated tube and aluminum base. The grips are finely checkered hardwood. The chamber bears the four intertwined cannon balls symbol for the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal with the three Japanese Kanji markings and the left side of the receiver that identify the model above the serial number "5773". It has matching serial numbers on both grip panels, the underside of the bolt, the cocking knob, striker guide and the back of the magazine with an unnumbered firing pin. Approximately 6,500 examples of the finely finished compact "Baby" Nambu pistol were manufactured before production ceased in 1927. The "Baby" Nambu is the most scarce and desirable Japanese semi-automatic pistol.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus of the original blue finish overall with minor edge and high spot wear with a very dull blue on the grip straps where the finish has oxidized, with a small area of pin-prick pitting on the first inch of the recoil spring housing. The grips are both in very fine condition with nice distinct checkering on both sides showing only minor handling marks in a few areas. The various smaller parts retain 25% of their original straw colors mostly in the protected areas. The trigger needs some adjustment as it will hand-cycle correctly, but will not dry fire.

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