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Lot 1710: Scarce Luftwaffe Inspected 1942 Dated Krieghoff P.08 Luger Pistol with Luftwaffe Inspected Holster and Matching Magazine
Premiere Firearms Auction Day II
07 September 2008
Moline, IL, USA
Scarce Luftwaffe Inspected 1942 Dated Krieghoff P.08 Luger Pistol with Luftwaffe Inspected Holster and Matching Magazine
1942 dated Luftwaffe Krieghoff P.08 with matching magazine and Luftwaffe inspected holster. Krieghoff, waffenfabrik at Suhl, Germany manufactured P.08 pistols for the Luftwaffe from 1935-45. Although the Krieghoff P.08 was not the only pistol issued by the Luftwaffe it was the only pistol that was officially inspected, accepted and proof-marked by the Luftwaffe. Total production of Krieghoff Luftwaffe P.08s was about 12,200 pistols. The pistol has the distinctive Krieghoff blue finish with straw colored trigger, take-down lever and safety lever. The grips are black plastic with coarse checkering. The Haenel 122 code magazine has a blued body with aluminum base. The top of the chamber is dated "1942" and the toggle is roll-engraved with the Krieghoff "H/ANCHOR/K" logo above "KRIEGHOFF/SUHL" in two lines. "GESICHERT" is stamped in the upper safety position and the left side of the extractor is marked: "GELADEN". The full serial number, "11776" is stamped on the underside of the barrel, the left side of the receiver, the front of the frame and on the aluminum magazine bottom. The partial serial number, "76" is visible on the inside of the side plate, the trigger, take-down lever, breech block, rear toggle link and the safety bar. All of the visible serial numbers match. The "Stick Eagle/L/2" Luftwaffe acceptance stamps and parts stamp are located on: the bottom of the barrel, right side of the receiver, rear toggle link inside of the side plate, and aluminum magazine bottom. The "Stick Eagle" and "Stick Eagle/2" Luftwaffe Test Proofs are stamped on either side of the acceptance stamp on the right side of the receiver. Luftwaffe Test proofs are stamped on both sides of the breech block, and the under side of the barrel and on the right side of the frame rail. Two "Eagle/37" acceptance marks are stamped on the left side of the magazine body. The holster is complete with a loading tool/screw-driver stamped with the Luftwaffe acceptance mark. The black cow-hide holster has no visible marker's marks on the back. The holster flap has five brass German officers 'pips' attached to the front. The Luftwaffe Acceptance Mark is stamped on the inside of the holster. Luftwaffe Kreighoff P.08 pistols are scarce; 1942 production was estimated at 300 pistols.
Condition Report: Excellent plus. The pistol retains nearly 95% of the totally correct original blue finish. Finish wear is concentrated on the right side of the barrel at the muzzle on the edges of the stock lug and back strap and on the high points of the side-plate and frame. At least 95% of the original straw finish is present. The black plastic grips are in excellent condition with sharp checkering. The magazine has more than 95% of the original blue finish. The bore is bright. All of the markings are very crisp. The holster is in fine condition with light scuff marks and scattered handling wear. This is an excellent example of a scarce original 1942 dated Luftwaffe Krieghoff P.08 with matching magazine and Luftwaffe holster that would be difficult to improve upon.