Rare Japanese Tokyo Gas & Electric TGE Nambu Automatic Pistol Type B “Baby”

SOLD FOR: $8575

LSB#: 210609MW09

Make: Tokyo Gas & Electric

Model: The official Japanese model for this pistol was Automatic Pistol Nambu Type B, but it has typically been referred to as the “Baby Nambu” by Western collectors.

Serial Number: 6051

Year of Manufacture: 1923-1929

Caliber: 7x20mm Nambu

Action Type: Striker-Fired, Short-Recoil, Semi-Automatic with 7-Round Removable Magazine

Markings: The right side of the frame is marked with the Japanese symbols for “Nambu” and “Type”, as read from right to left, over the serial number “6051”. The top of the chamber ring is marked with a circled “TGE” logo. The rear of the bolt lock/striker guide is knurled to resemble a chrysanthemum. The full serial number “6051” is marked on the right of the frame, the bottom-rear of the bolt, the bottom of the front lug of the barrel assembly, the rear of the trigger guard assembly, the magazine release, the front face of the cocking knob, the left of the locking block, the striker spring guide, the recoil spring guide, the bottom-rear of the magazine body, and the inside of each grip panel. The last three digits “051” are marked on the ejector and the left-rear of the striker. There is a small Japanese character stamped in the center of the front strap slot below the grip safety and another on the bottom of the front strap.

Barrel Length: 3 1/4”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into a base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” groove in the top of the frame at the rear.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood with smooth borders. The grips have minor handling wear with a few light nicks and compressed checkers, most on the left panel. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Strawed

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. There is some light handling wear in the grip areas. There is some scattered minor surface oxidation. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 7-round magazine with an aluminum floorplate. The rear surface is marked “6051” at the bottom. The magazine has light operational wear, a few spots of light oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in Very Good-Fine condition.

Our Assessment: The Nambu Type B pistol, generally referred to in the West as the “Baby Nambu”, was a three-quarter sized scaled-down version of the Model 1902 (“Grandpa Nambu”). Very limited production started in 1903 with full-scale production beginning in 1909. Production continued through 1921 to 1923 (records from this period are incomplete), with all production then moving to the Tokyo Gas Electric Company to free up production capacity for the modified 1902 “Papa” Nambu. The “Baby” Nambu were never adopted by any branch of the armed forces but were sold to officers through officer stores. Sales, and thus production, were limited due to the pistol’s high cost when compared to comparable import pistols which tended to not only be less expensive, but also of higher quality. Production was particularly limited at Tokyo Gas and Electric, with approximately 100 pistols made per year, and production ceasing in 1929 with approximately 550 made in total. This example is in quite good condition, retaining the great majority of its original finish, a great bore, and all-matching serialized parts, including its magazine! With the scarcity of TGE produced pistols, this pistol is perfect for even the most advanced collectors of Japanese firearms. It would look great along-side its “Grandpa”, “Papa”, Type 14 and Type 94 cousins. Please see our photos and good luck!

Rare Japanese Tokyo Gas & Electric TGE Nambu Automatic Pistol Type B "Baby"
Rare Japanese Tokyo Gas & Electric TGE Nambu Automatic Pistol Type B “Baby”