Most folks are not familiar with the variety of Japanese handguns available beyond the basic Type 94 and Type 14 Nambus. James Brown’s guide to these guns is an excellent source of information, covering the rarer handguns used by Japan (including a brief section on the Hino Komuro) as well as the variants and manufacturing changes of the main types. Like Japanese rifles, the deterioration of production through the course of the war makes the pistols pretty interesting for collectors.
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Did you swap the models of the gun in the video? Modern Guns has the Type 94 as the unsafe model with the exposed trigger bar.
Nice review, Ian. We currently offer this book on our website, abramsantiques.com, along with hundreds of other militaria and firearms reference books.