Posted 6 years ago
This is a Japanese T-26 revolver. They were manufactured from 1893 till about 1925. They continued to be issued to rear echelon troops through WWII. This particular example was manufactured at the Tokyo Arsenal has its original pre-war blued finish. Unfortunately it’s not possible to pinpoint the date of manufacture of this revolver by serial number because records were destroyed by allied bombing in WWII. A very loose estimate based on the limited data available puts it in the 1910s. The holster is correct for the revolver and it came with it. The cleaning rod is also the correct one for the T-26 and it took several years for me to find one for this rig.
Ammo: The 9mm Japanese round used a 149 grain bullet with a velocity of 750 feet per second. This ammo is nearly impossible to find, so I make my own using trimmed down .38 special cases. I use 158 grain lead cast round nose bullets backed by 2 grains of Hercules Bullseye, which gives me a velocity of 630 fps.
WARNING: Load data is provided for information only. Many vintage firearms are unsafe to shoot and I do not advise use of this load data for other firearms since I do not know the specific firearm that may be involved or its condition.