Type 14 Nambu Field Strip

The Japanese Type 14 was introduced into Imperial Japanese service in 1906, and was produced until the end of WWII. We have tested this pistol for TFBTV in the past, with less than spectacular results, but we have yet to show the innards of it. In this field strip, we rip apart the Type 14.

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Transcript …

– [Voiceover] Hey guys, it Alex C with TFBTV and for today’s field trip, we’re gonna be taking a look at a Japanese type 14, nambu pistol.

Now we have shot this pistol for a video in the past and that did not go so well.

I’ll put a link to that video in the description and in the end card if you guys want to check it out.

But, yeah that was a pretty scary moment, but the type 14 was a very prolific pistol.

They actually made 100s of 1000s of these things.

A lot of times people will say that they were influenced by the Luger maybe in form, but certainly not in function.

But, to start the field strip just lock the bolt to the rear press the firing pin extension on the back of the bolt and rotate the cocking knob counterclockwise until it comes off of there.

Now once you got that off of there you can remove the firing pin extension and spring, as well as the actual firing pin.

Now this next part is a little unusual what you’re gonna do actually is replace the cocking knob.

And now remove your magazine but keep a firm hold on the bolt because that’s what’s holding the bolt to the rear.

So remove the magazine and then slowly ease the bolt forward.

Now for the next step you’re gonna want to have a flathead screwdriver handy because you’re going to remove both grip panels.

I did not say, you know, stripping one of these was going to be easy or convenient.

But, yeah, this is unusual that at this time they required a screwdriver to field strip a pistol.

By the time the type 14 was designed we had pretty much gotten past that in the west.

But the Japanese I guess didn’t really see it as a huge detriment.

So, it is what it is, I suppose.

It is noteworthy that some pistols like the FN 1900 did require a flathead to go ahead and disassemble.

So once you got your grip panels and your screws that retain them set aside, push the magazine release and pull the trigger guard down and that will remove the whole assembly.

So go ahead and remove the magazine release and spring and set those aside cause that little spring is itty bitty and it will roll off the table and you’ll never find it.

Set the pistol on safe.

And at this point you can go ahead and remove the cocking knob.

Once you do that, the pistol will spontaneously disassemble itself, if you’re not basically prepared for it, as it did here.

So now you can go ahead and remove the locking piece remove the bolt from the rear set those springs aside.

Take a good look at your bolt make sure everything’s nice, as well as the actual upper and you’ve got a fully field strip type 14 nambu pistol.

So, yeah, you know these aren’t guns that I shoot a whole lot because I’ve had terrible luck with them.

They are really not reliable.

I know some Japanese military historians that say, even the type 94 is a better gun, for what that’s worth.

And I once called that the most dangerous gun on the planet so take that as you will.

But, like I said, if you’d like to see this gun firing and understand why I’m a little apprehensive to continue shooting it a whole lot go ahead and click the link in the end card here or the description and it’ll take you right there.

Anyways, big thanks to Ventura Munitions.

Hope to see yall next time.


Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • KestrelBike

    Holy convoluted, Batman! What a pain in the butt.

  • Martin törefeldt

    Im afraid you got the date/dates mixed up somehow.
    The type 14 was introduced during emperor taisho 14 year as emperor, wich is the year 1925 in the western calender.
    Its also the reason to why the pistol has the “type 14” designation.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I was always bummed that these didn’t have better reliability (and safety), because I always thought it’s a sexy looking pistol. I think there were enough early sci-fi artists that thought so too, since many ray guns seemed to have a similar look.

  • oldman

    Japan was not a gun culture for a long time guns were looked down upon even banned. I am impressed that the type 38 and 99 were as good as they were. It also explains why their hand guns were mostly subpar compared to most other countries.

  • StraightshooterJeff

    Do the world a favour Alex and leave it disassembled!

  • John

    Needs to be redesigned and rebuilt. Possibly with a barrel shroud as well.

  • Great_Baldung

    Any chance of doing a Type 94 field-strip video?

    Or, if you’ve done, could you link to it?