Nambu Type 14 pistol file photo [5350]

Type 14 Handgun

Country of OriginJapan
Caliber8.000 mm
Capacity8 rounds
Length230.000 mm
Barrel Length117.000 mm
Weight0.900 kg


ww2dbaseWhile Kijiro Nambu designed Type 04 (also known as Type A) hand gun, that design's successor, Type 14, had no direct involvement from Nambu. Regardless, it was nicknamed the same, especially by US servicemen who captured them and failed to distinguish the two designs. Type 14 handguns were accepted for military service in 1925 (Taisho 14). Enhancements to the Type 14 design included a safety catch, two recoil springs instead of only one, and design tweaks to streamline manufacturing. Some of the Type 14 handguns deployed to northeastern China (ie. puppet regime of Manchukuo) had enlarged trigger guards for operators with winter gloves; some of these examples were shipped for use in the Aleutian Islands as well. Production lasted until the end of WW2; by then, 279,000 were made.

Ian Hogg, The Encyclopedia of Infantry Weapons of World War II

Last Major Revision: Dec 2007


Japanese soldier in winter gear with Nambu Type 14 handgun, China, circa 1930sNambu Type 14 pistol as seen in figure 1 of US Army Medical Department publication Nambu Type 14 pistol on display at the West Point Museum, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, United States, 22 Sep 2007

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