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Can You Help ID this Pistol?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Bottom Gun, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Bottom Gun

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    A friend sent me a couple photos of a .32 cal pistol she is trying to identify. She told me it has a small eagle stamped on it which I’m assuming is a Nazi proof mark?

    She sent a couple of photos which aren’t the best but will hopefully be enough for identification.

    Can anyone tell me what this is? Any idea of value?

    Thanks in advance !!!!

    pistol.jpg Pistol 2.jpg
     
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  3. Bottom Gun

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    Great info. Thanks !!!!
     
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  4. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    Late war production of the parkerizing is original. That number is low unless that parking was done later to cover up rust/corrosion.

    Look under the grips, inside of slide for evidence of refiinish, take close up pics of all markings,

    OK after a little research I strongly suggest this is a postwar refinish. There should be multiple waffenampts (eagles) in a number of places on the pistol. Most models have very evident machining marks on the sides of the grip frames and all were done in a military blue finish.
     
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  5. Dr.Rob

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    If the grips are original bakelite they will likely be brittle.
     
  6. Dr.Rob

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    I'd insure it for $500, maybe as high as $700. You won't be able to replace it for that price but you probably couldn't sell it for more that that.
     
  7. bannockburn

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    Bottom Gun

    Lots of good information from Dr. Rob. The serial number should be on the upper left or upper right side of the frame, just below where the slide serrations are. I don't believe the finish to be original (probably some post-war refinishing), as most were originally salt blued, though a later war time finish might look to be somewhat matte or thin in it's appearance. Slide still has the manual safety lever on it which was omitted on late war production guns. The grip screws appear to be a replacement Phillips screw while the originals used a single slotted screw. If you do get it disassembled the last 3 digits of the serial number should be on the inside of the slide and at the rear section of the breech block assembly.

    Like Dr. Rob suggested I would think an insurance value of around $500 would be about right.
     
  8. Dr.Rob

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    My bad I totally forgot to mention the obvious bright shiny hardware store screw on the right side. Triple K sells grips and replacement screws, those might be both from Triple K.
     
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