North China Type 19 Handgun

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North China type 19 pistol
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Japan
Service history
In service 1944–1945
Used by Japan
Wars Second Sino-Japanese War,
World War II
Production history
Manufacturer North China Engineering Co Ltd, Beijing
Produced 1944–1945[1]
No. 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 (北支一九式拳銃) 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 Ordnance Bureau, the Type 19 is very scarce with only eleven surviving examples known. 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.