Steinel Ammunition Introduces 8x22mm Ammo for Nambu Type 14 and Type 94 Pistols

Steinel Ammunition Co. 8x22mm Nambu Type 14 and 94 ammunition

Twinsburg, Ohio ( – To collectors of military small arms, the Type 94 Nambu pistol is a popular choice. Now, Steinel Ammunition has developed a new round specifically for the Type 94 and Type 14 Nambu pistols. The 83gr. FMJ round comes 25 to a box and has the “8×22 Nambu” head stamp on the brass casing. With a muzzle velocity of 1,040 FPS, it shoots clean and consistently, making it an ideal round for target plinking.

Lieutenant General Kijirō Nambu (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Lieutenant General Kijirō Nambu, often considered the John Browning of Japanese small arms innovation, developed the initial Nambu pistol in 1902, some say based on the Mauser C96 pistol. The initial model, the Type A, manufactured by the Tokyo Artillery Arsenal, was not adopted by the Japanese Imperial Army; instead, they were sold to China and Siam (present day Thailand). A Type B Nambu was developed, smaller in size than its predecessor, and fired a 7mm round.

By 1925, the Type 14 Nambu was developed and adopted for issue to non-commissioned officers in the Japanese Army. Over 400,000 Type 14 Nambu’s were produced and became a popular World War II collectible with returning Marines. William B. Ruger was so impressed with the Type 14 Nambu, it is believed several of the pistol’s features were incorporated in the Ruger 22 semi-auto auto pistols including the Ruger Standard and Ruger Mark series.

The Type 94, 8mm Nambu pistol was developed for the Imperial Japanese Army in 1929 and after extensive adaptations, was officially adopted by the Japanese Army in 1934. Before production was halted, over 71,000 Type 94 Nambu pistols were produced. Unlike its predecessors, the Type 94 featured a concealed hammer with a stronger firing pin mechanism to replace the Type 14 style striker system that was prone to damage. Additionally, the mainspring was placed around the barrel instead of at the rear of the barrel. The Type 94 also used a rising-block locking system, and the grip was smaller in the Type 94’s as opposed to earlier models.

Nambu Type 14 pistol (image courtesy of Oleg Volk)

“Unless you are adept at loading your own ammunition, we find many classic firearms owners are just keeping these unique historical pieces in the safe. So many Marines who served in the Pacific theater during World War II either captured or picked up one of these Type 14 o 94 Nambu pistols. They are incredibly fun to shoot, offer light recoil and their unique design is still copied by firearm designers today. Our 8x22mm 83 grain round was carefully researched and developed to maximize performance and a
ccuracy at a very affordable price.” Andy Steinel, president of Steinel Ammunition Co., explained.

Steinel Ammunition 8x22mm Nambu 83 gr. FMJ rounds are sold in a box of 25 rounds for $26.99 and are available online.

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    Dad had a bunch of Nambu pistols he sold – with holster and a box of ammo – for $75 each. Seems way too cheap, until you find out it was 1945 , the war was over, and he was on a troop ship headed home. Not a bad deal at all for that time, especially since not long after, Klein’s was selling Nambu pistols for $15. (Wish he’d kept one at least for my collection.)

    Michael Maus
    Michael Maus

    It’s nice to have a factory loaded option for the Nambu, but more than a $1.10 ea is steep! For a FMJ “target load”? It’s not like I’m going to be shooting a 200-300 round match, still. I do have several friends who have an 8 mm Nambu pistol. Just don’t know if I can get many on board for this price.

    John M. Miller
    John M. Miller

    This is great news for those of us who like shooting the Nambu. A word to the shooter, since the last fresh
    Japanese recoil springs are 70+ years old, replacing them with a Wolff Nambu spring kit (readily available)
    will prevent damage to the pistol. A quick check by a good gunsmith is also advisable, checking the locking
    block for cracks or other problems.

    It will surprise many shooters how accurate these old blasters are !!! If anyone is really interested in Japanese
    firearms, check out BANZAI collectors They are great folks !!! GOOD SHOOTING &
    CHEERS, Ole Miller