A few weeks ago I was in my local gun store and the owner said he had something I might like. He went into the backroom and came out with a Nambu Type14.
It was in a holster that was so pristine I thought it was a high quality reproduction. But it was original.
The gun was a late war model, also in pristine condition. In the store, the bore looked OK, but frosted. But after I got it home and ran a brush and some patches through it, I realized it was pristine but had had a layer of grease on the surface. The bore is mint, and shines like a mirror.
In the holster was the takedown/cleaning too, a spare firing pin serial numbered to the pistol, a spare magazine serial numbered to the pistol (both mags match the gun), and an original box of issued ammo still in the rice paper.
The other night I cleaned the bore and realized that there are no marks on the breachface. No telltale signs of having ever been fired. I think this pistol is unfired.
Here is my Type 14 from Tarawa on the left, and the new one on the right.
The best part was the price; $700USD. I figured the holster was worth about $500 because I've never seen one that comes close to the condition of this one, so the whole thing for $700 was a tremendous deal.
Excellent aquisition there-I saw a T14 last year that was pristine and unfired(went for AUD$1500) but with all the extras you recieved that was an unbeatable deal-does make you wonder who's desk drawer the thing must have sat in 'for the duration' to be still in that nick.