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Lot 3427: German Derringer Pistol 4.25 mm

Auction Date: December 6, 2015

Scarce "Large Model" Pfannl Erika Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistol with Documentation

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,100 - $1,600

Scarce "Large Model" Pfannl Erika Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistol with Documentation

Manufacturer: German
Model: Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 4.25 mm
Barrel: 2 1/8 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gray
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 3473
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 167
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in Austria in the early 20th century, the Erika Pistol is chambered for the ultra-compact 4.25 mm cartridge (aka the Lilliput). Measuring in about 5 inches long and 4 inches tall, the Erika is only .7 inches wide at the grips an a mere 8.6 ounces unloaded. Fixed sights with the magazine well positioned ahead of the pistol grip, the release on the back strap, two-position safety and a pair of checkered grips with "ERIKA" banners. No proof house markings are present, suggesting a prototype or tool room model. Includes a Austrian declaration form listing this pistol and a "franz. Pistole" from 1967.

Rating Definition:

Good as refinished. The barrel and slide show a plum refurbished blue overall, with a deeper blue on the trigger guard, trigger, safety, and magazine. The frame shows a refinished mixed gray finish, with some mild scuffs and edge wear. Grips are fine with a few tiny chips on the bottom of the right panel. Mechanically functions, but safety does not have a detent.

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