You are bidding a SUPERB example of a 100% ORIGINAL WW2 Japanese Model 1902 Papa Nambu, Holster, Ammunition, and Bring-Back Paperwork!
The Model 1902 Papa Nambu was the standard sidearm of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Army, and issued to high ranking Officers. Approximately 5700 in total were produced before production changed to the later standard Type 14 Nambu.
Made of aluminum and steel by TGE (Tokyo Gas and Electric), this Papa Nambu is in EXCELLENT condition for it’s age! This scarce early variation is the forerunner to the more common Nambu (typically known as the Baby Nambu). This limited run Army model is quite unique, as most of the TGE Nambu’s were produced with a Naval Anchor for Navy Issue.
It originates from the estate of former U.S. Veteran – William A. Dietsch, and was sent home from the Pacific Theater during WW2. It comes complete with an original Holster, Lanyard, Cleaning Rod, Magazine, 7 bullets (one of the original 8 was fired by Dietsch during the war), as well as the original Bring Back War Department Capture Paperwork! Paperwork indicates the veterans name, “Jap Pistol”, as well as the matching/corresponding “#896” serial number! It is further signed by Lt. Col. Infantry Headquarters Commandant, Kenneth E. Young.
Marked on the right side are Kanji characters and the serial number “896”. Right grip has some hand-painted Kanji characters. Top marked with the intertwined TGE Tokyo Gas and Electric Company arsenal. Other features include an adjustable tangent rear sight calibrated from 50-500 meters and a fixed inverted front sight. The left side is also marked with Kanji characters. Apart from the magazine, all serial numbers are matching on all parts. Retains approx. 90% original finish, with a bright bore. Some very slight pitting externally, but nothing that detracts. The pistol has not been fired since it was sent home by William A. Dietsch in 1945.
The magazine is the later type Papa Numbu, which holds 8 rounds of ammunition (serial number on the magazine is “754″.
This entire set came back as a complete set, shipped home with everything here that is listed. A PERFECT addition for any collection or display!
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