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Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Lot 3520: Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co - P.08

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Outstanding Krieghoff (1937) Luftwaffe Contract Luger Pistol with Matching Magazine
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000
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Serial #Krieghoff  Heinrich  Gun Co   - P.08 ManufacturerKrieghoff Heinrich Gun Co ModelP.08
TypePistol Gauge9 Mm Luger Catalog Page183
Barrel4 Inch Round FinishBlue GripPlastic
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an attractive example of a 1937 dated Krieghoff Luger that is complete with one matching magazine. These Krieghoff Lugers all featured the high polish commercial blue style finish with straw colored small parts. The Krieghoff Luger was the only officially approved Luger that was used by the Luftwaffe. It is estimated that approximately 2,500 lugers were made in 1937. The specific pistol is a fairly late 1937 production model that has the correct C-2 type marking on the toggle that consist of "H-K anchor/Krieghoff/Suhl" which has the letter "I" over the letter "S" in Suhl with the slightly angled letter "U" with the right corner faulted. The chamber is correctly dated "1937". The right side of the barrel extension has the early "LWaA" 1st-stageII inspection stamp with the Luftwaffe acceptance proof. The barrel is correctly marked on the underside with the bore diameter, "LWaA" inspection proof then the small version of the serial number along with a second Luftwaffe barrel proof on the right side. The full serial number is on front left side of the barrel extension, bottom of barrel, and front of the frame, and the last digits of the serial number "40" are on the trigger, breech bolt, takedown lever, thumb safety lever, side plate and toggle assembly. The extractor and safety are correctly marked "GELADEN" and GESICHERT respectively. It is fitted with a correct pair of early Krieghoff brown plastic grips with the coarse checkering and smooth border around the edges with no mold marks or proofs on the back side. As noted it is complete with one original matching magazine that has the nickel plated body with the aluminum base marked with serial number "6840" with a single "LWaA" 1st Acceptance, Stage I early proof that is above the serial number.

ConditionVery fine as partially touched up with 95% original blue finish on the balance with only edge and high spot wear overall, such as the front edges of the frame rails, muzzle area and top edges of the side plate hump with excellent blue on the grip straps. The various small parts retain 99% of their professionally restored straw colors. The grips are excellent with nice sharp checkering overall. As noted above this Luger has all matching numbers to include the original nickel plated magazine. An exceptionally nice, attractive example of a pre-WWII Krieghoff Luger pistol.
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