Showa 18.6 Type 14 Photos
††††††††††† I got this 18.6 dated Toriimatsu factory first series pistol in August, 2004. A
friend saw it for sale at a gun show in Edmonton along with an 11.1 Kokubunji Type 14,† a
19.11 Toriimatsu second series Type 14, a JMCH Type
IV holster, RCBS 8mm Nambu dies and some brass and
bullets for an attractive price. The guy didnít sell it so I contacted him and
then drove up to
††††††††††† This is the left side. Unlike most Type 14s, this one doesnít have an arc in the left grip panel from swinging the safety lever too far clockwise. There is just a tiny mark at the top of the grip from where it stopped. The external condition of this one is fairly good with just very light pitting, but the bore isnít as good as the 11.1 I bought at the same time. Itís not bad, but it has some light pitting near the muzzle.
††††††††††† The first marking in the top row
identifies the pistol as a product of Nagoya Arsenal. It had to be the Toriimatsu factory as this was the only Nagoya Arsenal
factory making pistols at the time this one was made (Chuo Kogyo, a private
company, was making them, too, but theirs had an extra character after the Nagoya
symbol). The little mark that looks like an upside down y in a circle indicates
that this is from the first series. The Japanese wanted five-digit serial
numbers so when one set was used up they started again with a Japanese katakana
symbol in a circle. Pistol production never got beyond a second series at any
producer (using up the Japanese equivalent of A and B), but rifle production
went through the whole Japanese syllabary (ďalphabetĒ).
†The second row shows the date as Showa 18.6,
i.e. June, 1943. There is a small inspection symbol (na as in
Toriimatsu first series pistols as well as the first 8,000 or so second seriesones had the older, grooved style of cocking knob, which was replaced in January, 1944 by a knurled one.
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