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Another story I was told (can't remember now where I got it, but I think from a vet) was that arsenal employees were retained just to keep them employed and that they were busy assembling parts into pistols and rifles for our soldiers to take home as souvenirs.Cool piece and nice to have as an example of a "put together" pistol from the occupation time period. These were probably all obtained at the arsenal as described by fredh. Some collectors believe that former arsenal workers put them together for the GIs. The one I acquired recently is similar to fredh's example with a bunch of numbers stamped on the frame.
Type96, my fugly ucker is shown on page 98 of MPOJ. This is more than coincidence, but my put-together serial number is 93356. Yours is 478356. Think the fellow just changed the initial digits in the stamping machine and maintained "356." Mine, like some others, has the "3-segment" recoil springs, i.e., each spring is a stack of 3 short springs to give the proper length. So, by the time mine was assembled, they'd run out of recoil springs. I picked this one up probably 30 years ago and just had to have it. Sometimes you don't know what you want til you see it.Hi Tommac,
Seeing your nambu reminded me of one I have and showed here a couple of years ago.