In 98% mint crisp condition, we have a top example of the legendary and highly sought-after Small Type Nambu Pistol, commonly called the “Baby Nambu”.
This Pistol is all matching to include the magazine. Certainly, the most well known and most desirable of the Japanese Military pistols of the era, this pistol was only produced in very small numbers and was exclusively carried by officers. Less than 6,500 were ever even made and few survived the carnage of the Pacific war. When you add that in with a very harsh tropical climate and almost 80 years of wear and tear you will understand how these pistols are held in absolute awe when they are found this nice. Easily in the “big 5” of the most sought after military pistols of the 20th century the mystique of this pistol is as substantial as the rarity. To find one this complete is a remarkable occurrence.
This all-matching pistol has a mint bore and was manufactured by Tokyo Arsenal in the mid 1920’s. This would have to be right at the top of the line for a high-status Japanese Military handgun.