Type 94 Nambu Field Strip

    The Japanese Type 94 is a pistol that we have talked a lot about over the course of TFBTV, mainly because of how dangerous they are. The guns served Imperial Japan and were never imported into the US in large numbers, but many were brought back by returning GIs. In this episode of TFBTV, we finally take one apart.

    Type 94 Shooting:

    Type 14 Field Strip:

    Transcript …

    – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C with TFB TV and for today’s field strip, we’re actually going to do Type 94 Nambu, one of the few pistols that’s actually probably more dangerous to the user than the person that it’s being pointed at.

    Of course, I’m just kidding but, these are pretty bad guns.

    You can look at it and see that some dude probably made it with a grinder and a file towards the end of World War II, this one being a relatively late production type 94.

    They actually work a little bit better than the Type 14’s, but the deal is that you can push the sear bar on the side and actually discharge the gun.

    But that being said, let’s field strip it.

    What you’re gonna wanna do is pull the slide back a little bit, press the firing pin.

    As you can see, it’s very strange.

    You’ve gotta kinda press this and then push out a little retaining piece that runs across the bolt there.

    You can see it kinda coming out.

    Once you do that, you can ease everything forward.

    Let me refocus the camera real quick here.

    So, at this point, what you’re gonna wanna do is go ahead and grab the rear there, the rear section, I guess what you call the bolt, which is the breach block I guess, on this gun.

    Just go ahead and give it a sharp pull and it’ll pop right out of there.

    Okay, once you have that done, go ahead and push the rest of the slide forward.

    You can see the barrel is actually retained.

    These are short, recoil-operated guns.

    They do not fit a tilting barrel but, lift the barrel outta there and then, lift the locking piece/locking wedge outta there.

    You can remove the firing pin as well.

    Just bring it to the rear and let it fall down.

    It is a spring loaded firing pin as well.

    Also, remove the recoil spring and recoil spring cup.

    There you go, you actually have a fully field stripped Type 94.

    Now these, I would consider these overbuilt actually.

    They’re unnecessarily complex.

    Being as how eight millimeter Nambu’s not a powerful pistol cartridge, they could’ve designed a simple blow back gun.

    I’m not sure why they didn’t.

    Both the Type 94 and the Type 14 are pretty complex guns.

    We’ve done a Type 14 field strip.

    If you wanna take a look at that, I’ll put a link to that in the description.

    Also, we have fired this gun, as I mentioned.

    The crippling flaw of this gun is that you can fire it by pressing the transfer bar, which is exposed.

    So, in theory, if you went to holster it and forgot to put the safety on and had a round in the chamber, it could go off and shoot you right in the leg so, not something you generally want in a military firearm.

    In a military situation where everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

    Anyways, big thanks to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the ammo.

    They actually do carry eight millimeter Nambu, if you have one.

    Also, big thanks to you for watching.

    We hope to see ya next week.

    Alex C.

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