North China type 19

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North China type 19 pistol
Nambu Type 19.jpg
Type 19
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  Empire of Japan
Service history
In service 1944–1945
Used by  Empire of Japan
Wars Second Sino-Japanese War,
World War II
Production history
Manufacturer North China Engineering Co Ltd, Beijing
Produced 1944–1945[1]
Number built c. 100[2]
Specifications
Weight 1106 g (2 lb 7oz) unloaded [2]
Length 235 mm (9.25 in)[2]
Barrel length 118 mm (4.65 in)[2]
Height 158 mm (6.22 in)[2]

Cartridge 8×22mm Nambu[2]
Caliber 8 mm
Action Short recoil, locked breech[2]
Feed system 8–round Magazine (firearms)[2]
Sights Blade, V-notch

The North China Type 19 was a military sidearm produced during World War II by the Empire of Japan. Produced in China during the final stages of World War II, the North China Type was most likely made in an effort to supply troops based in Manchuria when supply lines from Japan became disrupted by Allied submarines and bombing. Officially approved by the Chief of the Ordinance Bureau, the Type 19 is very scarce with only eleven surviving examples know to date. The pistol appears to be a redesign of the Type 14 Nambu pistol but all pertinent ordinance records lost during World War II.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Derby, Harry L. Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893–1945 (2003), p. 260
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Derby, Harry L. Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893–1945 (2003), p. 263
  3. ^ Derby, Harry L. Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893–1945 (2003), p. 258

References[edit]

  • Derby, Harry L.; Brown, James D. (2003). Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893–1945. Atglen, Philadelphia: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 0-7643-1780-6.