Nambu Type 04 handgun file photo [21301]

Type 04 Handgun

Country of OriginJapan
TypeHandgun
Caliber8.000 mm
Length0.230 mm
Barrel Length0.120 mm
Weight0.893 kg

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe Type 04, also known Type A, semi-automatic pistols were originally designed by Colonel Kijiro Nambu. He demonstrated an early model of this handgun before Emperor Taisho in 1909 during the graduation ceremony at Toyama Military Academy, but the design was not finalized until 1915, or the year Taisho 4, which led to its designation. Although the design was never accepted for military service officially, thousands were sold to Japanese officers who carried them as their side arms. In terms of production, Type 04 handguns were superseded by Type 14 in 1925, but many were still in service on the front lines in China and in the Pacific during WW2.

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

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2014

Photographs

US Marines and US Army soldiers celebrating the capture of Hill 89, Okinawa, Japan, 27 Jun 1945; the hill was captured by US Army 7th Inf Div on 21 Jun




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US Marines and US Army soldiers celebrating the capture of Hill 89, Okinawa, Japan, 27 Jun 1945; the hill was captured by US Army 7th Inf Div on 21 Jun




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