Experimental types

A pistol about which very little seems to be known is that developed by Tomisiro Komuro, of Tokyo, in the period 1905-06. These were supposedly chambered for the 7.65 mm. Browning cartridge. A few hundred specimens were made, presumably in the period 1906-1910. The fact that specimens vary in construction details from specimen to specimen suggests that they were never made on a production basis, but probably were handmade. None of these seem to have appeared in this country before World War I and very few since then. No figures as to total production are available.

Two other pistols of Japanese origin are those whose only known designations are Kenju Shiki I and Kenju Shiki II. Very little information is available on either of these models. Shiki I (i.e., Type I ) appears to be a 7.65 mm. Browning type, judging from a sketch.

The pistol known as Shiki II (apparently of the Browning type) is said to date from 1940-1944 and apparently was made in some quantity, as specimens in the 2800 serial number range have been reported (Fig. 178). This assumes, of course, that numbering started at No. 1, which may not have been the case. Two separate experimental „batches," of unknown size, are reported to have been made at the Hamada Arms Shops, after which 500 pieces were made at the Nagoya Arsenal. This may or may not have been the total production. The pistol apparently was to have been adopted by the Japanese military forces, but the end of the war stopped those plans. Some of the experimental models have very large magazines. These pistols are very rarely seen and, naturally, are collectors' items.*

'Production of pistols in Japan was stopped in 1945 and all machinery used in their production was destroyed. The production of small arms is now being resumed by the Shin Chuo Kogyo K.K. of Tokio, this firm having received government orders for a limited number of pieces of two models of automatics and one of a revolver. Curiously enough, all three have been designated as „New Model Nambus," though they bear no resemblance to the original Nambu arms. Model 57, in 9 mm. Par. caliber, is essentially a copy of the Colt Mod. 1911. Model 57B, in .32 ACP caliber, seems to have been derived from the 1910 Mod. F.N. Browning but has an exposed hammer and no grip safety. The Model 58 revolver is a copy of the .38 Spl. S&W, apparently with the addition of a thumb-operated safety. As these arms (as of November 1961) are hand produced, production is necessarily slow. All of the above are shown in Volume II.


Jieffeco Automatic Pistol
Fig. 177. 8 mm. Nambu Type 94 (1934). (Disassembled. Marked as made at the Nagoya Arsenal).
Jieffeco Automatic Pistol
Fig. 178. Kenju Shiki II (i.e., Pistol Type II).

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