The Japanese Nambu Part II — The Type B “Baby” Nambu
In case you missed: Part I
With the poor popularity of the Type A Nambu pistol, Kijiro Nambu decided that perhaps a pocket model would be more attractive to Japanese officers. Called the Type B “Baby” Nambu, it was identical to the Type A Papa Nambu except shrunken to ¾ size. Whereas the Type A was chambered for the 8x22mm Nambu cartridge, in order to make the Type B smaller, it was rechambered for a 7x20mm cartridge which has similar ballistics and power to the .32ACP.
Like the Type A, the Type B was also unpopular, not because of it’s features, but because of its cost. As I mentioned in the previous post, Japanese officers were required to purchase their own sidearms. A newly commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army earned a monthly salary of 70 yen, the sale price of the Type B was 80 yen. At the time there were many fine foreign imports available that were half the price of Nambu’s pistols, so most Japanese officers chose to purchase them instead. Around 5,700 Type B pistol were produced before production ended in 1927.