I thought I would share some pictures of one of my most prized possessions, my Nambu Type 94. I was given this by my Grandfather (who will be 93 in August) who served as a USMC Officer in the WWII Pacific. This weapon was acquired by him off a fallen Japanese Officer when fighting on Okinawa. As many of you know, these were the standard sidearm for Japanese Officers later in the war and are known as one of the most dangerous weapons to have been issued to combat personnel. The danger comes from the exposed trigger bar which (when loaded) will cause the weapon to discharge if pressed. This was especially an issue when holstering and caused many self-inflicted injuries to those who carried them. This gun was made in May of 1943, which can be determined by seeing the "18.5" stamped on it, and doing a simple Imperial to standard dating conversion by adding 1925 to 18, giving 1943, with the "5" being the 5th month of the year, May. I recently had it cleaned up so it is rust-free (for some reason the picture makes it look rusty still, but upon personal inspection there isn't any, just some patina. These shoot the fairly underpowered (especially when compared to the .45ACP 1911) 8mm Nambu cartridge, which is shown below. I've had the weapon inspected also, and plan on shooting it here pretty soon, just to say that I have. I'm glad my Grandfather kept this all of these years, and that I am the only person in our huge family to have a major interest in history, so I've been blessed to receive his various war-related items over some time (I'm only 21). He plans on giving me his 1911 sidearm too at some point, but he still frequently uses it as an artistic prop because he is a successful lifetime career artist by trade. Any thoughts, comments or experiences with these weapons? ***I have no clue why the one picture is upside-down, it shouldn't be, as it was taken properly and shows up properly on my computer.