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    Tojo not only had one, he tried to commit suicide with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    Several years back stopped by one of the local pawn shops to see if anything new had been put out. Saw nothing interesting, but as I passed the holster box I spotted this holster. When the shop pulled a handgun in a holster from pawn they removed it from the holster, and threw the holster in the box of holsters. I went back and looked in the cases to be sure I hadn't missed the pistol, but it wasn't there. The holster was one of the Japanese made holsters for the Colt Pocket Hammerless .32, and probably brought back by a GI.

    It has a magazine pocket under the flap, and a belt loop and D rings on the back.

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    Nice holster. Are there any markings under the flap of the mag pouch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspcalahan View Post
    I had a few minutes this morning before getting at Monday, so I figured I'd share a gun. I picked up this 1939 Colt 1903 Hammerless .32 earlier this year as pictured, in a group gun buy of a few Colt's. The box isn't numbered to it. The pearls came on it as well, with the more rare forward facing medallions. The letter says stocks as "not listed" per usual, so it's not likely at all that these were on it to start with. The one side is surface cracked but not very deep. I've got some modern replacement panels to put on, should I decide to take it to the range at some point. The magazine is in superb condition. A previous owner put that gold finish in the frame's serial number and the forward takedown alignment arrow...... why was this so popular years ago? I've got a couple Colt's over the years with it. I guess I could clean it out. Undecided at this point.

    What is really interesting, is the Colt letter I obtained recently. This piece was shipped in a 5000! numbered shipment to the Yokohama Specie Bank Ltd., via Kawaguchiya Firearms Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan on Jan 3, 1939. Is it just me, or is that an insanely huge number of guns in one shipment? A little research has turned up that the Yokohama Specie Bank was the primary financier for Imperial Japan's wartime conquering of Asia during this time, just 3 years prior to the attack on the U.S.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokohama_Specie_Bank
    It appears the bank building is still in existence.
    http://www.oldtokyo.com/yokohama-spe...kohama-c-1920/

    What are the forum's thoughts on this gun? The gun itself isn't in mint condition or unique but it seems the destination is at the very least, a bit interesting. Of course with 5000 guns going there at once, maybe it's not that unique?? Any thoughts on its value? Is there any value increase based on the lettered info, or is it just another decent 1903?(wish I could figure out why some pics turn sideways on here...)
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    Nice example! In my experience, these Japanese shipped pistols command a premium. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coltautos View Post
    Johnny,

    Nice holster. Are there any markings under the flap of the mag pouch?

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    Nothing that I can see, but appears to be faint markings just above where the flap joins the body of the holster. Will try to get photo of this area.
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    These appear to be Japanese characters where the flap meets the holster, but too worn to be sure.


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    Here are pictures of a Japanese holster that is very similar to the one JohnnyP posted. Mine came with a Baby Nambu in it. The Fit for the Baby Nambu is not too good and when I tried my 1903 Colt in it, the fit was about the same (on the too small side).








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    The Japanese made some very nice holsters, they covered their hand guns 100% from the rain and dust. that holster you have JohnnyP is a good example of one. i think they were better holster makers then they were gun makers. if i had to pick between a Nambu or a Colt .32 Hammerless i would pick the Colt every time. although the "baby nambue's" are very exp. now days.
    Here's another example of a well made Japanese holster, it's for my T-14 Nambu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    These appear to be Japanese characters where the flap meets the holster, but too worn to be sure.

    Thanks Johnny but I was asking about under the snap flap for the mag pouch - that’s where mine has a stamp “32 CALIBER” over “COLT”

    http://www.coltautos.com/images/1903ph_japholst3.jpg

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    I had noted in an answer to your original post that there was nothing under the flap of the magazine pouch.
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    Tojo missed his heart but perforated his stomach. He was nursed back to health so that he could stand trial and be executed. His pistol was SN 535330. It might have been in the same shipment as the OP's pistol.

    Website: https://ww2gravestone.com/people/tojo-hideki/

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