Lot 3441: Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co - Luger
|Desirable Early WWII Nazi 1940 Krieghoff Luftwaffe Contract Luger with Matching Magazine|
|Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000|
|Serial #||Manufacturer||Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co||Model||Luger|
|Type||Pistol||Gauge||9 Mm||Catalog Page||266|
|Barrel||4 Inch Round||Finish||Blue/straw||Grip||Brown Plastic Checkered|
|Stock||Class||Curio & Relic Handgun||Rating||See Condition|
|Description||This is an example of a early 1940 production Krieghoff luger pistol as manufactured by Krieghoff Waffenfabrik at Suhl, Germany. The pistol has the distinctive Krieghoff blue with matte finish in the frame recesses, with the safety lever, take down lever, trigger and ejector are straw finished. The pistol is fitted with the early original brown coarse checkered, plastic Krieghoff grips and it has the correct and matching style late "fxo" marked magazine with the blued body and the pinned aluminum base; the right side of the body is marked with the "fxo" over the Eagle 37 Waffenamt proof with PO8 marked on the rear edge. The base plate is numbered "10440" along with a single Krieghoff Eagle proof. The pistol chamber is dated "1940". The toggle link is roll-stamped with the Krieghoff trademark and "KRIEGHOFF/SUHL". The right side of the receiver is marked with "LWaA" 1st, stage II, late proof next to the "LWaA" 1st-stage 1 early 2 test proof. It still has it's original Krieghoff barrel this correctly marked on the side with a single Luftwaffe acceptance proof with the underside marked with the bore diameter/ Luftwaffe stage 2 proof over the serial number. The breechblock and toggle both have the Luftwaffe early stage II parts proof. The full serial number, "10440" is located on the front of the frame, the underside of the barrel and on the left side of the barrel extension. The last two digits of the serial number, "40", are visible on the inside of the side plate, the take down lever, the trigger, thumb safety lever, the breechblock, toggle assembly links and the connecting pin. The Krieghoff Luger was manufactured exclusively for the Luftwaffe from 1935 to 1945; total production is estimated at 12,200 pistols.
|Condition||Very fine as partially restored with 90% of the original blue finish overall showing wear and thinning on the edges and high spots overall with more thinning or blue loss on the rear grip strap, the front edges of the partially refinished left frame rail, the left side of the barrel, muzzle area and both sides of the front sight base, with the side plate has been refinished. The grips are in excellent condition showing only minor handling marks. As noted this pistol has all matching serial numbers.|
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