New Nambu M60

New Nambu M60 Revolver with 2″ barrel

New Nambu M60 Revolver with 3″ barrel

Trigger type

Double action


.38 Special

Weight empty, g


Length, mm

198 (with 77mm barrel)

Barrel length, mm

51 or 77 (2” or 3”)

Capacity, rounds


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.