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

    Jan 3, 2012
    California
    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.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

  2. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2006
    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.
     
  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    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
     
  4. sbw9056

    sbw9056 New Member

    67
    Feb 19, 2012
    You are correct.
    WTF is going on?
     
  5. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    California
    Sorry, I was posting for a luger also, they got mixed up. Here are more of the baby
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  6. sbw9056

    sbw9056 New Member

    67
    Feb 19, 2012
    Now that's a Nambu. Very nice!
     
  7. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    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
     
  8. wonderwhippet

    wonderwhippet Active Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    Too bad about the holster being a reproduction. If it was original it would be worth upwards of $3000.
     
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