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Nambu Type 14

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Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Nambu Type 14 (late) - 8x22mm Nambu

The Nambu Type 14 is the successor to Kijirou Nambu's previous pistol design, adopted as the standard sidearm for officers of the Imperial Japanese Army in 1927. It would see service in this role during Japan's war in China in the 1930s and through to the end of World War II. Its 8x22mm cartridge was fairly underpowered compared to the standard sidearm cartridges of other nations of the era, and many senior officers (who, as with many nations, purchased their own sidearms) preferred pistols like the FN Model 1910. The Type 14 was sometimes colloquially called a "Japanese Luger" by American troops of the time due to its silhouette, but the designs are not related.

Due to complaints about difficulty using the pistol with gloves, it was redesigned with an elongated trigger guard in 1936, resulting in what was unofficially (in both Japanese and English) referred to as the "late" model. The cocking knob was later simplified to a knurled design as well; as this change came later, many Type 14s would feature the elongated trigger guard paired with the original slotted cocking knob. In 1944, a simplified redesign named Type 19 (or "North China Type 19") was produced in extremely limited numbers in an attempt to keep troops cut off in China supplied.

On an even more obscure note, following experiments done with the preceding Nambu design in the 1920s, a small batch of prototype Type 14s were modified into pistol swords, fitted with a guntou blade built into the right-side grip panel.


(1926 - 1945)

  • Type: Pistol
  • Caliber: 8x22mm Nambu
  • Weight: 1.98 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Length: 9.1 in (23 cm)
  • Barrel length: 4.61 in (11.7 cm)
  • Capacity: 8-round magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The Nambu Type 14 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Soviet Border (Na granitse) Yuri Lavrov Capt. Numata 1938
Japanese Imperial Army officers
Flying Leathernecks Imperial Japanese Officers 1951
Halls of Montezuma Imperial Japanese Officers 1951
Yesterday's Enemy Imperial Japanese Officers 1959
Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster Hiroshi Koizumi Professor Miura 1964
None But the Brave Tatsuya Mihashi Lt. Kuroki 1965
Beach Red Japanese officer 1967
Japan's Longest Day Japanese officers 1967
Too Late the Hero Ken Takakura Imperial Japanese Army Major Yamaguchi 1970
Joe Peter Boyle Joe Curran Late Model 1970
The Bamboo House of Dolls Hsieh Wang Inoue 1973
Terry Liu Mako
Shen Chan Nakamura
Mei Sheng Fan Tabei
Feng-Chen Chen Chang
Kang Ho Japanese Army officer
Hsiung Kao Japanese Army officer
Min-Lang Li Japanese Army officer
Wei Lu Japanese Army officer
Imperial Japanese Officers
Day for Night (La Nuit américaine) On the tray of firearms 1973
And on the Pacific... (I na Tikhom Okeane...) Japanese officer 1974
Violent City (Roma violenta) Giuliano Esperanti Inspector De Rossi 1975
Attack Force Z Japanese officers 1982
Never Say Never Again Largo's henchman nickel-plated 1983
Magnificent Warriors Tetsuya Matsui General Toga 1987
Jang Lee Hwang Collaborator 1
Meng Lo Collaborator 2
Varios Actors Imperial Japanese Officers
Return from the River Kwai George Takei Lt. Tanaka 1989
Nick Tate Lt. Commander Hunt
Edward Fox Major Benford
Tatsuya Nakadai Major Harada
Japanese officers
Tremors on the wall 1990
Aces: Iron Eagle III Shin'ichi Chiba Horikoshi 1992
Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre Imperial Japanese officers 1995
The Thin Red Line Japanese Officer 1998
Dash Mihok Pfc. Doll
American Beauty 1999
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection on the wall 2001
Pearl Harbor An Imperial Japanese Army Soldier 2001
Windtalkers Imperial Japanese Officers 2002
K-9: P.I. Seen in police precinct 2002
Cutie Honey Panther Claw goons 2004
Tae Guk Gi A North Korean Lieutenant 2004
The Great Raid Masa Yamaguchi Lt. Hikobe 2005
Motoki Kobayashi Major Nagai
Max Martini 1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo
Letters from Iwo Jima Japanese Soldiers 2006
Flags of our Fathers Imperial Japanese Officers 2006
Philosophy of a Knife Tetsuro Sakagami Officer #1 2008
The Children of Huang Shi Japanese officer 2008
Ip Man Shibuya Tenma Colonel Sato 2008
Australia Imperial Officer 2008
Warbirds Tohoru Masamune Ozu 2008
The Good, the Bad, the Weird Manchurian officer 2008
Hakuryû Colonel Ishihara
City of Life and Death Kohata Ryu Lieutenant Ida Osamu Anachronistic trigger guards 2009
Imperial Japanese Officers
John Rabe Imperial Japanese Officers 2009
Back to 1942 Japanese officer 2010
71: Into the Fire Seung-won Cha Park Mu-Rang 2010
North Korean officers
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Japanese officers 2010
Death and Glory in Changde Miura Kenichi Lt. Gen. Iwanaga 2010
Shibuya Tenma Col. Itō Saburo
Japanese officers
The Flowers of War Imperial Japanese Officers 2011
My Way Joe Odagiri Tatsuo Hasegawa 2011
Imperial Japanese Officers
Oba: The Last Samurai Imperial Japanese Soldier 2011
Cold Steel (Bian di lang yan) Mingxiang Guo Major Masaya 2011
Imperial Japanese Officers
Unbroken Miyavi Mutsuhiro Watanabe 2014
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Seok-won Jeong Ryu 2015
Imperial Japanese Officers
Tokyo Living Dead Idol uncredited Imperial Japanese officer 2018
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Seen in armory 2019
The Eight Hundred Japanese infiltrators 2020
Project Wolf Hunting Japanese soldiers 2022


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
McHale's Navy Ernest Borgnine Lt. Cmdr. McHale replica / "One Enchanted Weekend" (S1E24) 1963
Mako Capt. Uzaki replica / "One Enchanted Weekend" (S1E24) 1963
Lt. Sakawa "The PT-73 Follies" (S3E17) 1965
Dale Ishimoto Japanese Officer "French Leave for McHale" (S2E11) 1963
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 1 Jack Lord McGarrett 1968-1969
Baa Baa Black Sheep 1976-1978
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on the wall 1993-1999
Star Trek: Voyager Robert Duncan McNeill Tom Paris "The 37's" (S02E01) 1996
Red Cap "True Love" (S02E02) 2003-2004
The Pacific 2010
The Man in the High Castle Lee Shorten Sgt. Yoshida 2015
The Man in the High Castle Joel de la Fuente Chief Inspector Kido 2016
The Man in the High Castle Rupert Evans Frank Frink 2016
Hawaii Five-0 (2010) Alex O'Loughlin Steve McGarrett "Ua ola loko i ke aloha" (S6E12) 2015-2016
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - Season 1 Takashi Yamaguchi Yukio "Whispering Death" (S1E04) 2016
Elementary Dorian Missick FBI Agent Calvin Whitlock "It Serves You Right to Suffer"(S5E9) 2016
The Mandalorian Gina Carano Cara Dune 2019
The Man in the High Castle Joel de la Fuente Chief Inspector Kido 2019
The Man in the High Castle Rich Ting Captain Iijima 2019

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Resident Evil Survivor "Papa Nambu" 2000
Deadly Dozen Pacific Theater "Nambu" 2002
Forgotten Hope 2003
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 "Taisho 14" 2003
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault "Nambu Pistol" 2004
The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific 2007
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Battlefield 1943 2009
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 2010
7554 "Nambu" 2011
Men of War 2012
Glorious Missions Non-player weapon, used by Imperial Japanese Army and Terrorists 2012
Far East War Early model 2013
Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Nambu Type 14 later model with early model cocking piece 2014
Enlisted A hybrid of two models. Early and Late. 2021
Sniper Elite 5 2022


Title Character Note Date
Momotaro: Sacred Sailors Captain Momotaro 1945
New Dream Hunter Rem: Massacre in the Phantasmic Labyrinth is seen in the Geppetto base 1992
Mermaid's Scar Masato 1993
Birdy the Mighty Hikawa Shogo 1996
FLCL Lieutenant Kitsurubami 2000 - 2001
Sakura Wars: The Movie Japanese Army officer 2001
Mermaid's Forest Masato "Mermaid's Scar (Part II)" (E13) 2003
Zipang 2004
When They Cry: Kai 2007
The Skull Man 2007
Case Closed A criminal Ep. 548 - 'Two Days with the Culprit' and in Ep. 735 - 'The Coded Invitation' 2009
Strike Witches 2 Keisuke Hijikata 2010
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression Welldone 2010
Night Raid 1931 Japanese Army officer 2010
Cat Planet Cuties 2010
Survival Game Club! 2014
Joker Game 2016
Lupin Zero A mobster Ep. "Hang Tight to the Treasure on the Train" 2022-2023


Title Characters Notation Date
Archer - Season 6 1st Lieutenant Kintaru "Ken" Sato 2015

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