Showa 19.5 Type 14 Photos


            I got this 19.5 dated Toriimatsu factory pistol in April, 2004 from someone who had seen my display at the Easter weekend gun show here in Calgary (Canadafs largest show with 500 tables). Although it needed a striker, striker spring and striker spring guide and was not put together correctly, it was otherwise in pretty good shape. If you compare the knurling on the cocking knob on this pistol to the 19.1 dated pistol I have, you can see that the knurling on this one is much coarser.


            The arc scribed by the safety lever on the grip was rather worse than usual because the pistol had been incorrectly assembled and the grips didnft fit snugly on the frame, causing greater friction when the safety lever was swung past three ofclock (there is no reason to do this with the grips on, but almost all Type 14s have at least a bit of an arc on the top of the left grip panel.


            The markings in the top row identify the pistol as a product of Nagoya Arsenal (first mark), of the second series (Japanese katakana ro, looks like a square in a circle). The second row shows the date as Showa 19.5, i.e. May, 1944. The symbol to the right of the five is an inspection mark used by the Toriimatsu factory.


            The reason it needed the aforementioned parts was that someone broke the tail off the striker, then forced it part way in. That didnft leave room for the spring and striker spring guide to go in behind and they got lost. It took about two minutes to tap the stuck striker out and replace it and the missing parts.


            The magazine spring has a crack about 40% of the distance across it. Always look at this spring when buying a Type 14 that has one.


           The grips are numbered to the gun with the last four digits of the serial number, as was usual at the Toriimatsu factory. If you look at the top of the left grip panel (far left of the top one in the photo) you see a dark edge. That part is an extremely thin tab that fits into a slot in the frame to fix the grip to the pistol. It is extremely fragile and was broken but present when I got it. Most of the broken part later fell off, but enough remains to keep the grip firmly in place. This is another good thing to look for when buying a pistol.


            The X on the lower left grip frame is a reject mark. The M stamped on the lower right arm of the X indicates this was superceded by a later approval.


The rear sight notch is not very well squared out in the lower right corner, as you can see here.



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