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Lot 1428: Krause Custom Luger Pistol 32

Auction Date: April 24, 2015

Scarce Krause Custom Baby Luger 32 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Scarce Krause Custom Baby Luger 32 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol with Case

Manufacturer: Krause
Model: Custom Luger
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 32
Barrel: 2 7/8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 2083
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 159
Class: Modern Handgun

Originally developed in the mid-1920s, the Baby Luger was DWM's attempt to revamp the Luger pistol to compete with Colt, Fabrique Nationale and other firms in the pocket gun market. A noble effort, but it did not pan out, and only 2 of DWM's Baby pistols are known to exist. One of these, which came to America as a war trophy after the Second World War, served as the base model for a series of hand-made reproductions made by Mike Krause of San Mateo, California. The overall profile and features show their lineage, with the silhouette being unmistakably that of a Luger, though with a novel one-piece sliding thumb safety in place of the traditional multi-piece lever, a slab-sided frame for a more comfortable fit in the pocket, and a shortened toggle assembly that brings the overall length down to 6 1/2 inches. Produced without maker's marks, the various components bear the serial number "3" or a row of three punch-dots, with the proper straw and niter blue finishes on the small parts, checkered walnut grips, and a nickel finished magazine with matching numbered wood base. With a black leatherette case sized to match the pistol.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 98% plus original blue finish showing some light rubbing on the sear from contact with the safety and a few tiny handling marks overall. 95% of the straw and niter blue finish is present. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering lines. Case is very good. Mechanically excellent. As acquiring an original Baby Luger is virtually impossible at any price, this is a prime opportunity to add a representative example of one of the most scarce Luger variations to your collection.

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