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When initially printed in 1981, The Hand Cannons of Imperial Japan was heralded as one of the readable works on firearms ever produced. To arms collectors and students, it stays a prized supply of data on Japanese handguns, their improvement, and their historical past. On this new Revised and Expanded version, unique writer Harry Derby has teamed with Jim Brown to supply a radical replace reflecting twenty years of extra analysis. The authors have retained the format and far of the textual content of the unique version, specializing in navy cartridge arms from the 1893-1945 interval. Sign pistols, foreign-procured navy handguns, ammunition, holsters, and equipment are additionally lined. Important adjustments are included based mostly on new findings, and a substantial amount of new data has been added, along with coloration illustrations of serious specimens. Various newly found variants are recognized and described, and expanded tables of reported serial numbers and manufacturing knowledge are offered. Protection and rationalization of Japanese markings has been enormously enhanced, and an in depth examine of inspection marks on probably the most broadly identified Sorts 14 and 94 is included. An appendix on valuation has additionally been added, utilizing a relative scale that ought to stay related regardless of inflationary pressures. For the firearms collector, fanatic, historian or supplier, that is probably the most full and up-to-date work on Japanese navy handguns ever written. Like its predecessor, it’s sure to grow to be a traditional firearms reference and a benchmark for additional analysis.