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Old 06-25-2020, 05:18 PM
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My brother has a WWII Japanese Nambu probably made in 1943. It appears to be in decent shape overall. It does have its magazine but no holster. Can anyone tell me what itís worth. Thanks.
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Go to GunsInternational.com. They have some anywhere from $700 to over $1000.

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Can you tell from the piece who made it? Like in the U.S. during the war, there were a lot of firearms made by companies you would never think of as firearm manufactures. My Officers Model Baby Nambu in 7mm was made by Tokyo Power and Light.

I used to commercially load 8mm Nambu, but gave it up after a year or two.

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Back when I was in high school, a buddy had one we used as a plaything. Back then, it was easy to pick up Nambus for $15-$20, as they were common GI bringbacks and many ended up in U. S. pawnshops (as did German Lugers and P38s). Those I see at gun shows today are indeed priced in the $500-$1000 range. The 8mm Type 14 pistols of WWII vintage (as this one is) were made at the Nagoya Arsenal.

Some may already know this but the first Ruger Standard Model .22 pistol of the late 1940s was modeled on the Nambu Type 14 mechanical design, but with Luger cosmetic features.

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Just to show how old I am, I remember a guy wanting me to buy his Type 14 Nambu , complete with holster and pistol belt. He wanted $35.00 and I threw him out..........
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From the smooth grips and the style of cocking knob its likely a 1944 or 45 production gun. If you post a picture of the markings on the other side the date and maker can be determined. Does the magazine number match the pistol? I don't keep track of sale prices but gun show asking prices seem to start around $5-600 and go up. Checking completed sales on one of the big on-line auction sites will give you an idea of real-world prices.
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My brother has a WWII Japanese Nambu probably made in 1943. It appears to be in decent shape overall. It does have its magazine but no holster. Can anyone tell me what itís worth. Thanks.
Keith
Can I assume this is only a collectable and not a "shooter?" I've never seen one of these, so of course I can't help you with worth, but is this gun actually in shootable condition? It is a very unique pistol. It would look nice in a display case on a wall with some other WWII memorabilia. I'm curious about the price, also, but my wallet locks up on certain wall-hangers. Very cool-looking firearm.
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gunboards forum has a section on Japanese firearms. There's where I'd ask value. I don't see any reason not to shoot it if it's shootable and if you can find ammo for it. But check there first.
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Every part should match including the mag. Even the firing pin will be numbered. Firing pins are brittle in these pistols, you need to check to be sure the tip is not broken. There are a set of numbers and symbols on the right side of the frame that will tell you the manufacture, year of manufacture and serial number. If you post a picture of that area we can help.

As to value, it is all determined by condition and is it matched. Obviously having the holster, second mag and spare firing pin would move the needle up, just the pistol itself has good value as well, and that value depends on the information above. My estimate would be $550-$850...
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There is one on the used-consignment shelf near me for $1300. It has been there for quite a while.
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