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Nambu Model 60

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Nambu Model 60 snub nose - .38 Special
Marushin airsoft replica of the New Nambu Model 60 - 8mm BB
Airsoft Nambu Model 60 - 6mm BB


The Nambu Model 60 is a double/single-action, solid-frame, swing out cylinder revolver. The Model 60 was adapted from the Smith & Wesson Model 36 to be the standard-issue handgun for Japanese police officers. Nearly 60 years on, the Model 60 is still performing this role, as regular uniformed police in Japan simply do not need a more powerful handgun. For situations when more firepower may be required, Japan's Special Assault Teams have a wide range of modern semi-automatic firearms available, such as the Smith & Wesson 3913, Heckler & Koch USP, Glock 19, SIG-Sauer P226 and Beretta 92FS Vertec.

In typical Japanese fashion, the Nambu Model 60 was produced with precision and attention to detail. This makes it very accurate for such a short-bareled revolver, being able to achieve 50-mm (2") target groupings at 25 meters in single-action operation. Its accuracy was such that a sporting model called the New Nambu Model 60 Sakura was planned. This would have had features like a weighted 153-mm (6") barrel and adjustable rear sights for more accurate target shooting, but the Sakura never progressed past the prototype stage.

When distinguishing a Model 60 from the S&W Model 36, things to look for are the distinctive Bakelite butt, which has a flare to accommodate the user's pinky, behind which is a lanyard ring. As an aside, the butts on airsoft replicas are usually made out of more modern plastics, which helps to distinguish them from genuine Model 60s. There is also the barrel, which has a very distinctive taper towards the point where it meets the frame. Compare this to the Model 36, whose barrel only has a slight taper that is constant from muzzle to frame. The Nambu's front sight is also shorter than that of the Model 36; while the snub-nose Model 36 has a front sight that goes back almost to the frame, the snub-nose Model 60's front sight is truncated around the middle of the barrel's exposed section. It should never be assumed that just because a piece of media is set or even filmed in Japan, a Model 60 is being used by Japanese police characters. Genuine Model 60s are very hard to get hold of as movie props, and thus the S&W Model 36, or even bigger six-shot revolvers like the Colt Detective Special are used as substitutes. Do note that the former has been used by Japanese law enforcement agencies to replace their old Model 60s in recent years.



Type: Revolver

Caliber: .38 Special

Overall Lengths: 198 mm (7.80 in); 300 mm (11.8 in) (Sakura)

Barrel Lengths: 51 mm (2.01 in); 77 mm (3.03 in); 153 mm (6.02 in) (Sakura)

Weight: 685 g (24.2 oz); 850 g (30.0 oz) (Sakura)

Capacity: 5-round cylinder

Fire Modes: Double/Single-Action

The Nambu Model 60 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Tiger on the Beat Chow Yun-Fat Inspector Francis Li Snub-nose 1988
Conan Lee Michael Tso Snub-nose
Sumo Vixens Police 1996
Wizard of Darkness II Akira Otani Takanashi 1996
Yasushi Higuchi Policeman #1
Takumi Yuda Policeman #2
Wataru Shihôdô Saiga
Cat's Eye uncredited Yan 1997
police officers
Cure Denden Oida 1997
Eyes of the Spider (Kumo no hitomi) Policemen 1998
Cross Fire Ryûji Harada Yasuaki Makihara 2000
Kaori Momoi Chikako Ishizu
Toshiyuki Nagashima Yoshihiro Hasegawa
Renji Ishibashi Police Sergeant
Hideaki Itô Tada Kazuki
Police officers
Versus Yukihito Tanikado Cop 2000
Suicide Club Ryo Ishibashi Toshiharu Kuroda 2001
Hideo Sako Hagitani
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack police officer 2001
Muscle Heat Ikkei Watanabe Asakura Snub-nose 2002
Cutie Honey Ryo Iwamatsu Officer Tokimura Snub-nose 2004
The Great Yokai War Yu Tokui Police Officer 2005
Scrap Heaven Ryô Kase Shingo Kasuya 2005
Jô Odagiri Tetsu Katsurai
Death Note Police 2006
Death Note 2: The Last Name Takeshi Kaga Soichiro Yagami 2006
Zero Woman R Shun Sugata Agent 2007
Police officers hostered
Zombie Hunter Rika Policeman 2008
Heaven's Door Tomokazu Miura Insp. Hasegawa Seen only in holster 2008
When They Cry: Reshuffle Police Officers In holster 2009
Blood: The Last Vampire Huang Yonggang TMPD Officer In holster 2009
Helldriver Fujisaki Ken Policeman #1 2010
Imaniyasuhisa Policeman #2
Kazuki Namioka Kaito
Yakuza Busting Girls: Final Death Ride Battle Rena Komine Junko 2010
Asami Sugiura Asami
Yakuza Hunters 2: The Revenge Duel in Hell Porche Okite Murakawa 2010
Lust of the Dead 4 Shoji An Saori 2014
Lust of the Dead 5 Iona Chika 2014
Meguri Nozomi
Momoha Akira
ABCs of Death 2 Aki Morita Kana Miyazaki 2014
As the Gods Will Police In holster 2014


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Ken Izawa Det. Michio Inaba 2006
Hell Girl policeman "The Epitaph of Lies" (E05) 2006-07
KochiKame Shingo Katori Kankichi Кyotsu 2009
Masatô Ibu Daijiro Ohara
Police officers
Boss officers in the Metro Police Department 2009
Humanoid Monster Bem Takumi Saitoh Shinoyama Yutaka (Ep. 05) 2011
Kamen Rider Wizard extras Police Officers Airsoft replica 2012-
Nobunaga Concerto Toshiyuki Nishida Saitō Dōsan 2014
Tokyo Vampire Hotel Police 2017
Kamen Rider Amazons Ryo Tanaka The officer/Amazon "NEO" (s02ep01) 2017
Giri/Haji Hideto Katsuya Toshio third episode 2019
24 Japan Toshiaki Karasawa Genba Shido "Day 1: 0:00 - 1:00" 2020-21
Chizu Lee Kimie Yokota "Day 1: 3:00 - 4:00"
Ryunosuke Azuma Kazuhiko Minami
Tokyo Vice Ken Watanabe Hiroto Katagiri 2022

Video games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Siren ".38 caliber revolver" 2003
Forbidden Siren 2 "New Nambu .38 Calibre Revolver" New model 2006
Yakuza series Modelled in police officers' holsters 2006-present
Siren: Blood Curse ".38 Caliber Handgun" Incorrectly holds 6 bullets 2009
Persona 4: Arena 2012
Judgment series Modelled in police officers' holsters 2019-present
Cruelty Squad "New Safety M62" 2021


Film Title Character Notation Date
Dream Hunter Rem. - Rem Appears Violent Dream! Dr. Death Resurrected Police 1985
Violence Jack: Evil Town Det. Kawamori, Blue Kid, Aira Mu 1986
You're Under Arrest! - Season 1 Natsumi Tsujimoto File #1 "And So They Met" 1994 - 1999
Chie Sagamiono File #15 "Game! Chie Sagamiono's Rematch"
Yoriko Nikaidou
Japanese Police Lieutenant File #21 "A Bank Robbery Evaluation Manual"
Kochikame Ryotsu 1996 - 2005
Tokyo Metropolitan Police
Case Closed - Season 1 Inspector Juzo Megure Ep. "The Mysterious Shooting Message Case" 1996
Hyper Police 1997
Psycho Diver: Soul Siren Security Guard 1997
Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target Conan Edogawa snub nose 1998
Kogoro Mori
Jo Murakami
Ninzaburo Shiratori
Japanese Police officer snub nose; holstered
Devil Lady Police "Heart" (E24) 1998-1999
Case Closed - Season 5 Ep. "The Naniwa Serial Murder Case" 1998 - 1999
Magic User's Club Police 1999
Kochikame, The Movie Police 1999
Oni-Tensei - The Demon Collection Detective Reiko Kure, Man, Police 2000
Ojamajo Doremi # Witch Mota "Hana and Pop Both Take Exams!" (Ep.37) 2000-2001
Police officers "Onpu is Overtaken! The Road to Becoming an Idol!" (Ep.41)
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department officer 2001
Digimon Tamers Police 2001 - 2002
Kochikame Asano 2002 - 2003
Youko Nakajima
Japanese Police officers
Mermaid's Forest Police officer "Mermaid Forest (Part I)" (E04) 2003
Heartwork: Love Guns Kaminada "Taboo..." (Ep. 3) 2003
Burn-Up Scramble 2004
Madlax 2004
Elfen Lied Security guard first and tenth episode 2004
Bible Black: New Testament Yamanashi Ep.04 - "Recollection" 2004 - 2007
Karas Shinjuku Police 2005-2007
Case Closed: The Private Eyes' Requiem Police officers 2006
Death Note a few characters 2006
When They Cry Ōishi Kuraudo 2006
Case Closed: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure Assistant Inspector Miwako Sato snub nose 2007
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle Japanese Police officers File "Prologue of Racing" ("Reunion") 2007
Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed Police officer "Rocket" (E02) 2008
Yozakura Quartet Nadeshiko Matsudaira, Police 2008-2014
Case Closed: Full Score of Fear Miwato Sato snub nose 2008
Wataru Takagi
Hell Girl Tsuzuki Kinya 2009
The Skull Man Otomo Police Department 2009
Case Closed: The Raven Chaser Assistant Inspector Miwako Sato snub nose 2009
Un-Go Japanese police officers 2011
Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Mr. Yasuzou 2011
Shiki Mr. Yasuzou 2011
Persona 4: The Animation Toru Adachi 2011 - 2012
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea Assistant Inspector Miwako Sato snub nose 2013
Sergeant Wataru Takagi
JMSDF sailors
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie Miwato Sato snub nose 2013
Sergeant Wataru Takagi
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Japanese police officers S2E1, "A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit" 2014
Jotaro Kujo
Ryohei Higashikata Non-firing replica; S4E2, "Josuke Higashikata! Meets Angelo" 2016
Sword Art Online II 2014
Brynhildr in the Darkness police officers 2014
Persona 4 Golden: The Animation Toru Adachi 2014
Terror in Resonance Tokyo Metropolian Police officers 2014
Tokyo ESP Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers 2014
Magic Kaito 1412 Inspector Ginzo Nakamori Ep. 04 "A Great Detective Steps Into the Light" 2014 - 2015
Police Inspector Juzo Megure Ep. 06 "Black Star"
Shinichi Kudo
Case Closed - Season 24 Miwako Sato Ep. 04 OP sequence "WE GO" 2014 - 2015
Ninzaburo Shiratori
Kazunobu Chiba "The Manipulated Great Detective (Part 1)"
Juzo Megure
TMPD officers
Daily Life with a Monster Girl Japanese Police officer 2015
Aoharu x Machinegun Tōru 2015
Assassination Classroom Terasaka, Hayami, Chiba 2015
Triage X officers 2015
Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers 2015
Ace Attorney Reiji Mitsurugi 2016
Ajin Japanese police officer 2016
Bungo Stray Dogs Junsa Sugimoto Ep. 05 "Murder on D Street" 2016
Bungo Stray Dogs Japanese Police officers Ep. 20 "Though the Mind May Be Wrong" 2016
Case Closed - Season 26 Assistant Inspector Miwako Sato OP sequence "Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru"; snub nose 2016 - 2017
Sergeant Wataru Takagi
Sergeant Kazunobu Chiba
Inspector Ninzaburo Shirator
Fune Shimao Ep. "The Seven People in the Waiting Room"
Case Closed - Season 27 Inspector Tetsuya Takajo snub nose 2017 - 2018
Zombie Land Saga Japanese Policeman A Ep. 01, 02, 11 2018
Case Closed - Season 28 Assistant Inspector Miwako Sato snub nose 2018 - 2019
Sergeant Wataru Takagi
Sergeant Kazunobu Chiba
Japanese Police officers
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department officers 2019
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Policeman 2021
Higurashi: When They Cry - Sotsu Detective Ōishi Kuraudo "Curse-Revealing Chapter, Part 5" (E11) 2021
police officers "Cotton-Revealing Chapter, Part 2" (E05)
Lycoris Recoil Japanese police officer Ep. 10 "Repay evil with evil" 2022
Jujutsu Kaisen - Season 2 Police officer "Evening Festival" (S2E07) 2023


Title Characters Notation Date
Hit-Monkey Hiroshi, Haruka, Shinji Yokohoma 2021

See Also

  • Minebea - A list of all firearms manufactured by Minebea.

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