Nambu World: Type 14 Holster-JMCH Type I-A


The earliest Type 14 holsters had oval strap rings on the back. Generally early holsters had no striker pouch. For a long time it was thought this was not added until battlefield experience showed that striker breakage was a problem. However, some early holsters with oval rings do have a striker pouch. It does not appear to be a retrofit, though one never knows.

Here is a shot of the back. As you can see, the strap rings are oval in shape. Later holsters had square rings.


This shot shows it open. There are remnants of some kind of paper tag on the inside of the flap (many holsters had tags with their owner’s name). You can see the striker pouch to the right of the ammo pouch.


            This close-up shows the striker pouch better. Note that the ammo pouch flap is quite wide on this one—wider than on the early Type III holster I have. On that one the flap does not cover the striker pocket.


This shot shows the stitching around the pouch. It does not seem to be a retro-fit.


The strap rings are not only oval in shape, they are oval in cross-section.


The remains of the paper tag inside the flap appeared to cover at least one faint kanji stamp at the lower left.


After consulting an expert, I decided to gently steam off the remaining bits of paper, since they had nothing on them anyway, and see what other markings might lie underneath. The top marking is a kanji “six”, probably referring to the year Showa 6, or 1931. This is around the time they started to add the striker pouch and may explain how this holster variation came to be: someone started adding the pouch but wanted to use up an existing stock of oval rings. The marking in the middle is the “four cannonballs” symbol of Tokyo arsenal. The bottom marking is probably an inspection mark. It somewhat resembles the kanji hei (“put together”), but is not quite the same.


            One thing I noticed in examining this holster is that the top front corner of the flap seems to get the most wear of any spot on the holster. I checked my other holsters and this seems to be true of all of them. Even almost-new ones get scuffed here first. This makes sense as it is wear the soldier’s arm would touch as he moved it back and forth. Check this spot if you are buying any Type 14 holster. It’s where the wear will likely show up.


            The leather hinge that joins the clamshell flap to the body of the holster appears to have been re-stitched along the bottom seam. Note the difference in the colour of the thread between the top seam and the lower one.



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