Talk:Nambu Model 60

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Additional Images

Snub Nose New Nambu Model 60.
New Nambu Model 60 with longer barrel.

Airsoft Images

New Nambu Model 60. Note pistol grip and buckle on the bottom.
Nambu Model 60 snub nose - Stainless version.
Airsoft Marushin made replica. Note unloaded chamber.
Airsoft replica of the newer version of the Nambu Model 60 (manufactured by Marushin).

The kids grow so fast!

I first contributed to this page on November 22, 2009. The day it was started by SB2296 (who hasn't been back since 2011). It consisted of a small number of anime listings. I contributed poor quality black & white photo and a little background on the revolver. Believe it or not just ten years ago there wasn't that much information on the Nambu. Only a few photos and not much else. I found my information in one of my gun books. That shows how much has changed. Now it seems that several times a month there are editing changes and/or photos and information being added. The kids grow fast. Almost like I'm back at our daughter's college graduation or our son's Coast Guard boot camp graduation...….well sort of. But you understand what I'm saying. --Jcordell (talk) 11:54, 28 September 2019 (EDT)

Only photo I could find

It's all I could find. I have a couple books that have better photos of the Model 60, but there isn't much on the Internet. Guess it will have to do a sub until somebody can get something better. Always helps to have a photo though.--Jcordell 22:29, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Japanese Police

Do the Japanese Police still carry this weapon? I think I read somewhere that they switched over to the SIG-Sauer P230 a few years ago but I can't be sure. -Anonymous

I can't find any info, but I wouldn't have a hard time believing that. It would be interesting to have a Model 60 in my collection. But knowing the Japanese (political and social stance towards firearms) they've probably destroyed all the specimens if they've gone away from it. --Jcordell 18:26, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

Most of Japanese police officer still use a M60 "New nambu". but there guns are replacing by S&W M37 slowly because M60's production is already end. P230 is using by Undercover officers.--omochi

ttp:// 2007/1/5, officers of Isikawa police taking a equipment check. they holding a New namb.--omochi

I know their coast guard use the S&W 5906-S&Wshooter 23:45, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

I recently moved to Japan about 3 months ago, and I noticed that a lot of the officers here don't carry sidearms at all. I also noticed that those who do only carry them are used during high-traffic areas, or areas in need of the extra security (airports, train stations, international embassies, etc.) When some of them do carry sidearms, they usually have these holsters that cover up the entire firearm, so it's impossible to identify what handgun they use. From what I can tell from the locals or the holster size, it is a Nambu. I have yet to see a Sig anywhere here. --Blemo TALK CONTRIBUTIONSEMAILMESSAGE 02:43, 25 October 2010 (UTC)


Hasn't this been replaced by a newer revolver? I remember reading that some newer weapon (not bearing the Nambu name if I remember correctly) replaced this in the 1980s and that the replacement model was imported into the US. I think it was called the Miroku revolver. -Anonymous

Good question. I don't know. --Jcordell 00:45, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

I'm not sure about it being an official service replacement but there indeed was another revolver that was called the Mikoru Police/Mikoru .38 Special Police. I had a chance to see one once some time back. From what I gather, it was almost completely an export piece (Known under it's export names 'EIG' and/or 'Liberty Chief'). I can't swear to it, but I think it was used as a service weapon briefly, but then the Japanese started using semiautos. If I recall correctly, the revolver actually ceased manufacture in the 1980s. Again, I'm not positive. I had a little info on them in one of my books (Jane's Recognition Guide I believe), I'll make a note to look it up. StanTheMan 02:55, 25 October 2010 (UTC)
I think your information is accurate. I can't remember everything I read about the weapon but it being exported under the name "Liberty Chief" definitely rings a bell. -Anonymous

More info on the Mikoru revolver (Nambu competition/replacement)

According to Jane's Guns Recognition Guide, the Mikoru seems to have indeed been made to arm Japanese police, who of course were armed with the Nambu revolver, though given it's time of manufacture (1967-1984), it might have also been produced as a competition piece as much as a replacement. The Japanese police used revolvers during that period (They had used them pretty much since the beginning of US occupation after WWII), but again, however, the Japanese preferred to use semiautos as soon as they were able, and so Mikoru instead almost completely exported the gun to the US under those other names. The actual revolver I saw (which I held for all of about 5 seconds) was a 'Liberty Chief'-badged version, 5-shot. Dimension-wise it was pretty much comparable to a S&W J-frame, though perhaps a couple/few ounces lighter. There were slightly bigger (Probably closer to the Nambu in size) 6-shot versions, as well. It had a Smith Chief's Special kind of grip, but otherwise the gun looks more like a Colt, especially with the exposed ejector rod (Though it's rod hugged the barrel) and Colt-style cylinder latch. I actually thought it was a Colt when I first saw it, until I noticed 'Liberty Chief' on the frame and no pony. Looking back, it was a bit interesting, but overall wasn't anything real special, at least not to me. A Smith J-frame-sized wheelgun with Colt features pretty much. StanTheMan 16:23, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

Photos of Real World Usage

Couple photos I found on the net. As I posted a couple years ago when this page started in 2009 there was very little information about the Model 60. That has changed. --Jcordell (talk) 19:20, 16 August 2021 (EDT)

Japanese Coast Guard training with the Nambu Model 60. Note the lanyard cord. It appears the revolvers have three inch barrels. It also appears that the revolvers have a parkarized finish - sensible considering that the Coast Guard spend a large amount of time in and around salt water, rain and so on.
Nara Prefectural Police Officer (just east of Osaka) stands inspection with issued Nambu Model 60. Photo is dated 2018.
Any idea what the thing behind the Nara officer's revolver's trigger is? Seems like some sort of added safety measure or something. Pyr0m4n14c (talk) 21:53, 16 August 2021 (EDT)
Probably a trigger safety block? --Wuzh (talk) 23:17, 16 August 2021 (EDT)

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