Baby Nambu

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by hstout1143, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Baby Nambu the I would like to get info on, I inherited it from my father in law. I've never heard of one and was wondering what it's collector value is and if it is a reliable shooter.
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  3. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

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    Are we playing games???

    The first couple of pictures are of a Luger, The next two appear to be of a Baby but are such close-ups not much can be seen.
  4. Jim K

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    Even in that poor condition, a Baby Nambu will bring around $1500; a nice one will go for around $5k. Please do not attempt to fire or dry fire that pistol as firing pins frequently break if dry fired. Insert a dowel into the barrel and against the bolt face to act as a snap cap when you release the firing pin.

    As for shooting, original 7mm ammo is running around $35 apiece on the collector market and AFAIK, no one is making any. Note that 7mm is correct; the standard military pistol was in 8mm, but the Baby Nambu was sold privately to officers and used a special 7mm round.

    Jim
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    sbw9056 New Member

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    You are correct.
    WTF is going on?
  6. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I was posting for a luger also, they got mixed up. Here are more of the baby
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  7. sbw9056

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    Now that's a Nambu. Very nice!
  8. Jim K

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    That gun was made at the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal in Koishigawa, probably around 1910. The markings on the right side translate as Nambu Type.

    The holster is a modern reproduction.

    Jim
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    Too bad about the holster being a reproduction. If it was original it would be worth upwards of $3000.
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