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Right Side Markings. The most useful markings for identifying a Type 14 pistol are usually those on the ride side towards the rear of the pistol, i. There is usually also a small final inspection marking to the right of the date. Note that production changes were frequent, so there are often many variations in physical characteristics like knob and grip styles among pistols from the same maker and series. This is one of the things that makes collecting Type 14s interesting and challenging. The markings in the above photo and most of those in this section have been highlighted in white to make them easier to see. This is something collectors do for display purposes; Japanese guns did not have such highlighting when they were issued or in service use. I use a white grease pencil sometimes called a china marker softened in mineral spirits paint thinner. I rub it across the markings until they are full of the white grease, then wipe off the excess with my thumb.
If you are visiting this site to research basic information on a Japanese handgun you have just inherited or acquired, this section is for you. It is a guide to where to find information on the site. This photo shows the main types of Japanese handguns.
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Nambu Type 90
The Nambu Type 90 was a flare gun of Japanese origin and manufactured by Nambu. It was used by the Imperial Japanese Navy  and came with two or three barrels. It first came with three barrels with just less than 6, were manufactured.