The Adam Park Project

The Nambu Round

Item Information:

Catalogue Number: 15/09/002 Source: TAPP Archaeology Surveys Location: No15 Adam Park Report No: Report No.14 Artifact Type: Ammunition Production Date: 2012-07-11 00:00:00 Dimensions of Item: 8mm x 21.15mm Copyright with The Adam Park Project

Other Description:

This small round was in very good condition and found on the surface very close to the main gate at No.15 Adam Park. Its dimensions suggested that it was a pistol round and the nearest match was the 8 x 22mm Nambu bullet.

Historic Context:

There were three most commonly issued hand guns used by the Japanese army. The Type 26 was a 9mm revolver dating back to 1893. The other two were automatics; the Nambu6 Type 14 (1925) and the Type 94 (1934) both using an under powered 8mm round. They were of poor quality and lacked stopping power. The Type 94 in particular was prone to jamming. They were generally issued to tank crews and officers.

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