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These are some of the scarcest markings to find on Japanese T26s, T14s, and T94s:
T26 “Internal Serial”; 900? produced; 46 reported
T26 “Last 300”; 325? produced; 20 reported
T14 Chigusa 15 “Taisho”; 104-111 produced; 15 reported
T14 Kokubunji 8 “Nagoya Only”; 61-85 produced; 6 reported
T14 Kokubunji 8 “Vertical Arsenal”; 108-137 produced; 4 reported
T14 Toriimatsu 16 “Double Zero”; 81-82 produced; 22 reported
T14 Toriimatsu 20.8; few hundred ? produced; 6 reported
T14 Toriimatsu “No Markings”; ? produced; 18 reported
T94 “No Markings”; ? produced; 6 reported
 

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Dan, what is the story on the unmarked t94?
The pistol's only marking is the "wide M" on both sides of the grip strap. All parts, inlcuding the magazine, are unnumbered and blued. Its exterior finish is turning brown-tone and is slightly mottled. The attached image compares two very late T94s. Both pistol finishes are turning brown.
 

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Great stuff Dan! Geezo Man!
Sure makes me glad I gave up my foolish dreams of specializing in the pistols back in the early '80s.
It would drive me crazy (er) to not find these super scarce examples, or if I did, to not be able to afford them.
Fortunately, I found out early on what a stocked G'pa can go for - that was my reality check
So, instead, I settled for a very small selection of the most common pistols which comes to a total of nine.
I love your posts and those from other pistol guys so, keep em coming!
 

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Images of examples of T14 and T94 Nambus with the scarcest yearly date code markings are shown below.

The Type 14 Nambu pistol was produced over 20 calendar years (Taisho 15 through Showa 20) by five factories in six separate serial number ranges which resulted in 35 factory, series, and year date code marking combinations. The ten most difficult to find Type 14 yearly production factory date code marking examples are shown in the attached image.

Factory & Date; Number Produced; Number Reported
1. Toriimatsu 16; 81-82; 22
2. Chigusa 15; 104-111; 15
3. Kokubunji 8; 183-208; 10
4. Kokura 11; 589-611; 40
5. Chigusa 6; 614-674; 39
6. Chigusa 7; 740-781; 55
7. Tokyo 8; 1129-1175; 63
8. Chigusa 4; 1213-1266; 75
9. Chigusa 5; 1296-1354; 62
10. Chigusa 2; 1585-1603; 135

The Type 94 Nambu was produced over 11 calendar years (Showa 10 through 20). The five hardest to find Type 94 yearly production date code marking examples are shown in the attached image.

Date; Number Produced; Number Reported
1. 10; 686-711; 61
2. 11; 972-1026; 59
3. 14; 2462-2529; 112
4. 12; 2635-2690; 160
5. 13; 2717-2754; 151

The most up-to-date specific information on T14 and T94 Nambu pistol production can be found in my serial ranges and rarity charts articles in the latest two editions of BANZAI.

Yes, this is some more showing-off the results of many years of my collecting Japanese pistols and other Japanese militaria. But, it is also a push to those collectors frequenting these boards who are not members of BANZAI to subscribe. All sorts of great information can be found in those pages. The production and rarity charts I mention which help collectors identify rare production Type 14s and Type 94s are just one small example of the knowledge assistance that publication provides to Japanese militaria collectors. I learn something new in every issue. The cost of a subscription is really cheap compared to the knowledge gained, as knowledge always pays dividends in the form of better collections. So, save money, time, and collecting effort and join BANZAI.
 

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Dan, you're doing what I wanted to do 30 years ago. I thought I'd drop the rifles and just go after the pistols. When Harry Derby's book came out I knew I was in over my head :( So, back to the rifles and accessories for me, along with my little 9 pistol collection :)
Beautiful pistols and great photos too. Excellent pieces.

How much did Early Man pay you to advertise for Banzai? ;) I too recommend subscribing. Always something new in there and stuff you don't see here

BTW, did you ever wind up getting anything out of RC Cowherd's collection after he passed away? He had some nice pieces he bought from Harry including that pressure test pistol show in the book. He also talked me out of my minty 6,1 date Nagoya T-14 :(
 
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