Serial Number: 61464
Year of Manufacture: 1935-1945
Action Type: Semi-auto, Removable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the frame is marked “19.9 / 61464”, and with several proof marks. The left side of the frame has Japanese characters for “Type 94”. The right side of the frame has the Nagoya inverted “8” mark followed by a mark that looks like a globe or a basketball. The magazines are marked “464”, and “596”.
Barrel Length: 3.8”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a blade front sight and a top of frame machined sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood. There is a chip/loss on the left grip panel at the bottom front. There are small gouges at the back of the right grip panel. Additionally there are compression marks mostly on the right grip panel. The grips rate in about Very Good plus overall condition. These guns were not known for their high quality of manufacturing, this can be seen with the grips.
Type of Finish: Military Matte
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. There is some holster wear at the muzzle. There is some minor finish loss at the frame & slide junction. The Screw heads are in good serviceable condition, showing minor wear. The markings are clear (if you could read Japanese). Both magazines show little wear but have rough exteriors, with some beginning surface rust. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition – These guns were not known for their high quality of manufacturing, this can be seen in the metal finish.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is a period, but unmarked holster and a second magazine provided with this pistol. The holster is military style and fits this pistol well. There are no markings on the leather. The stitching is in very good condition. There is some type of edge overlap leather on the top flap, some of this has pulled away . Please see our photos. There is much scuffing on the front of the holster but no tears in the leather. The leather hinge is in very good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a unique pistol that has the distinction of firing without pulling the trigger. This was accomplished (all too often accidentally) by depressing the external bar below the slide on the left side. This pistol was designed this way, which was clearly an oversight and led to many extra holes in the officers carrying them. There are no import marks and this pistol was likely a GI bringback. If you are a WWII collector or just want a good condition older military pistol, this is a good one. Please see page 205 of the “Standard Catalog of Military Firearms “ by Ned Schwing for more information.
Sold For: $1,326.01