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Sauer 38H markings questions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tacod, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. tacod

    tacod New Member

    Feb 6, 2011
    I recently acquired a Sauer 38H that my grandfather apparently brought home from Germany after WWII. It's an earlier model, sn353461. It has the slide-mounted safety lever and Sauer & Sohn engraving. I'm trying make sense of the markings...

    It has an Eagle over X (?) and C on the trigger guard, eagle over N under the serial number, eagle over N on the barrel and eagle over N on the slide. There is an eagle over star stamped into the holster. There are no markings besides the caliper and S&S logo on the magazines.

    Engraved freehand on the slide is "M7542". This is stamped in ink under the holster flap...three times. "7542" is also handwritten in ink inside the holster...as is my grandfather's name and serial number.

    Aside from my grandfather's info, I'm uncertain the meaning of the other markings. Can anyone help me to learn what they all mean?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Mentor

    Nov 30, 2008
    Frozen North
    Search German Proof marks, also you can look at Waffenampts

    but, feel free to correct me, I believe the nazi eagle over x was the police proof.
    So if your gramdpa got that on the battle field, it was from a German COP, not a soldier.
    Eagle N is Nazi era Nitro (smokeless powder) proof.
    the C is a police mark, and if you double checked or search for Police proofs, some times you can even narrow it down to what region.

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