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**1st Naval Contract Tokyo Gas & Electric "Papa" Nambu Pistol

8mm Nambu, 4.75" barrel, S/N 216. Blued finish, strawed trigger, checkered wood grips. Chamber with stylized Tokyo Gas & Electric GTE logo in a circle with upper  left side of receiver marked with the "Army Type" Kanji and the standard three Kanji over the serial number on the left side. Bolt is numbered C8053 on the bottom, not matching the gun. Further disassembly was not performed. Upper left of receiver with Japanese Naval {Anchor} acceptance stamp preceding serial number. Grip safety on front strap, tangent rear sight, swivel lanyard loop on rear of frame. No magazine is present.

Provenance:From the Collection of Charlie Hinton

Condition:

Good. Pistol shows moderate wear with some traces of blue mixed with a moderately oxidized smoky-blue gray patina. Metal with scattered light pitting and moderate pinpricking, markings remain clear. Action appears mechanically functional but barrel is damaged with a large impact mark on the right side that results in an interior bulge in the barrel, making the pistol unsafe to shoot under any circumstances. The "ding" is almost certainly a strike from a bullet or schrapnel as little else could cause the localized damage with such force as to cause the bulge on the barrel's interior. Fair bore with moderate oxidation. Grips with wear.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,488
05/25/2021

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