Manufactured by the Tokyo Arsenal from 1909 to 1928, the Baby Nambu was the semi-official officer's pistol of the Imperial Japanese Military; officers would privately purchase their sidearms, with the Baby Nambu presented as the local alternative to imports from firms like Colt, FN and Walther. Fixed sights, with the "stacked cannonball" arsenal marking on top of the chamber and the nomenclature markings and serial number on the right side of the frame. Fitted with checkered grips and a nickel finished, alloy base magazine. Minus the magazine, numbers are matching overall. Included with the pistol is a fine quality reproduction brown leather holster, made in the style of the Imperial regulation "clamshell" holster, with a leather shoulder strap.
Very good, with 80% of the original blue finish, showing areas of pitting (heaviest on the right side and under the grip panels), areas of brown patina, bright edge wear and mild handling marks overall. The grips are very good, with some light dings. A few mild scuffs and cracks are visible on the holster, which remains strong and supple. Mechanically excellent.
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