The Nambu Type 14, or Taisho, was an 8mm pistol in service with the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy from 1928 to 1945. Designed by Kijiro Nambu, it was fitted with a recoil-spring action and fed from an 8-round detachable box magazine. It featured a 12-cm-long barrel, with six, right-twisted, helical grooves. The barrel and the receiver were made in one forged piece, with the a safety “flip back” lever situated above the pistol trigger and grip, on the left hand side. This pistol weighed 0.9 kg and had an effective range of 50 m. Late Nambu pistols made during the war had an oddly shaped trigger guard. Resembling the Luger P 08, the Type 14 was not as reliable as its German counter-part, firing 8x22mm Nambu ammuniton, which was underpowered compared to the 9mm Parabellum. During the war, it was carried only by Japanese officers.