New Nambu M60


New Nambu M60 Revolver with 2″ barrel


New Nambu M60 Revolver with 3″ barrel

Trigger type

Double action

Caliber

.38 Special

Weight empty, g

670

Length, mm

198 (with 77mm barrel)

Barrel length, mm

51 or 77 (2” or 3”)

Capacity, rounds

5

The “New Nambu Model 60 Revolver” was designed in the years between 1957 and 1959 as a replacement for the ageing US-made Colt and Smith&Wesson revolvers then in use by Japanese police and security forces. It entered mass production in 1960 at Shin Chuo Kogyo company, and was manufactured until the mid-1990s. Even today New Nambu M60 revolvers can be encountered in the hands of some Japanese police and security officers.

The New Nambu Model 60 Revolver is based on the Smith & Wesson model 37 “Chief’s Special” revolver, but features a slightly larger frame and cylinder. It has a similar double-action lockwork with external hammer, and similar reloading procedures with a swing-out cylinder that holds five rounds of ammunition. The gun is of all-steel design, with characteristic brown plastic grip panels and a lanyard ring at the bottom of the grip. New Nambu Model 60 revolvers were produced in two major variations, with 2- or 3-inch barrels.

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