Original Japanese WWII Two Barrel Type 90 Flare Signal Pistol with Damaged Right Grip
Original Item: Only one Available. Now this is something we do not see every day. Made by the KAYABA SEISAKUSHO (Factory) between 1930 and 1945, only about 10,00 Double Barrel versions of the Type 90 were manufactured with a very poor survival rate. Firstly these were used on Aircraft and on Naval vessels and as History has shown us the Japanese were very determined fighters and did not surrender easily in fact most of the production run of these pistols ended up at the bottom of the Pacific ocean. Coupled with the fact that the returning G.I.'s were less inclined to repatriate a signal pistol when Japanese Officer's Swords and Nambu pistols were available make these all the more difficult to encounter.
This example is marked on the top of the top barrel with the Kayaba logo and a cherry blossom, which is followed by the series marking. There is no anchor proof, indicating that this was most likely issued to the army or a ground based air unit. The left side of the frame is also marked with the KAYABA logo, as well as PAT. / NO.93006 / NO.101355, right above the trigger. It is marked on the other side with 9624, the serial number, and some parts are marked with assembly number 437.
The 26.5mm barrels are each 4" in length, and the pistol 8" in overall length and because of its large grip and cocking lever, 7" tall. This pistol is really still in nice condition. Almost all of the original finish is present, even the paint on the action. The pistol cocks and dry fires exactly as it should. The only real issue is that the right grip scale has two good chunks cracked off the top, one in the front, and one in the back.
The Double barrel signal Pistol is very scarce and finding one complete with the holster is like finding hen's teeth. This comes out of the woodwork and is ready to display.
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