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  LOT 646
Presentation Engraved Dutch Contract M/49 Semi Automatic Pistol with Box - Serial no. 9189, 9 mm para cal., 4 3/4 inch round bbl., chrome finish, walnut grips. Manufactured 1948- 1962 and subsequently professionally engraved and hard chromed. This pistol features near full coverage oak leaf and acorn engraving as well as standard Dutch contract markings. Per the included note, this pistol was given as a gift to an American Army officer by his officers as a retirement present in the late 1980s. The American officer carried this pistol on his last military parachute jump at Ft. Bragg, NC. Includes a SIG blue box and three magazines engraved to match total. CONDITION: Excellent as professionally engraved, retaining 99% plus refinished chrome finish with scattered light handling marks, crisp engraving, and a safety drag line. Grips are very good with some softened texture to the panels. Mechanically excellent. Box is good with storage and handling marks and tape repaired corners. Estimate: 7,500 - 9,500
LOT 647
Scarce Documented Experimental Benet Arms/Kongsberg Model 1914 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter, Box, Holster, and Test Target - Serial no. 32866, 11.25 mm cal., 5 inch round bbl., matte blue finish, hardwood grips. Manufactured in 1987, this is an extremely scarce example of an attempt by the Kongsberg factory in Norway to create a commercially viable version of the Model 1914 pistol that had been produced there for the Norwegian military and German Wehrmacht. These pistols were made in collaboration with Benet Arms of Afton, Virginia, who sourced many of the parts from Federal Ordnance for Kongsberg, who then modified them to match, as closely as possible, the original Model 1914 pistols. This involved filling the bevels near the trigger guard, flattening the mainspring housing, removing the Federal Ordnance markings and adding Kongsberg ones, and numbering the pistols continuing where the originals left off. The included 1988 dated factory letter states most of the previously mentioned information as well as saying that
a test lot of only 20 pistols was ever completed and were numbered 32855-32874, which includes this example. More information on these pistols can be found on p. 190-196 of “Kongsberg-Colten” by Karl Egil Hanevik, and pistol number 32865, one number before this one is pictured on p. 192. The left of the slide has the standard Kongsberg caliber, model, and serial number markings, with the last three digits repeated on various small parts, “1988/K” is on the right side of the slide, and “BENET ARMS/AFTON VA” is on the right of the frame. Includes an original box with detached label numbered to the gun, leather holster and belt, and a test target numbered to the gun.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 99% plus of the original matte blue finish with some of the small parts and the filled frame bevels showing a slight plum hue and only the slightest handling marks. The grips are also excellent showing some light wear to the black finish, some scattered light handling marks, and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is very fine with some light handling/storage wear, and the holster and belt are near new with only the slightest wear.
Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
      Collector’s Fact
According to the included letter, this pistol is 1 of only 20 test pistols completed.

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