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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Coonfingering; Gunnie Edition

This is a Sauer 38H, in .32 ACP:

It's in an apparently military-issue flap holster, complete with a second magazine:

The magazines are serial-numbered to the gun.

The gun has a concealed-hammer DA/SA type action. The lever above the magazine release is a decocker, which functions just like a modern Sig, at least on decocking. But unlike modern guns, the 38H's decocker also functions as a cocker: Pushing it down on an uncocked gun will cock the hammer. (It's probably best to not use it, as obtaining replacement springs and parts is problematical.) Like a PPK, there is no slide release. Unlike a PPK or modern guns, there is no slide-locking mechanism.

The original guns didn't have a safety, but the Luftwaffe wanted one, so like any other good government contractor, Sauer added one. It could be because the Luftwaffe issued them to paratroopers and the safety was added protection from an accidental discharge in a hard landing. Apparently, German paratroopers jumped with their long guns in separate equipment canisters; the 38H (and other handguns) gave them a weapon to jump with.

The lever at the top of the trigger guard is for disassembly. Pull down on it; it functions like pulling down on the trigger guard of a PPK:

After you do that, it field-strips in the exact same way as a PPK. The bore is bright and sharp.

The internal markings of the slide match the serial number. On the front web of the trigger guard, there is an "eagle c" acceptance stamp.

The safety and the acceptance marking would hint at the gun being of post-1940 manufacture, but not terribly much later.

The "c" marking indicates that the gun was destined for police use. The holster apparently is of Luftwaffe-type, as it seems that the Reich cops used black leather holsters.

There are no import markings of any kind. Interarms brought in a bunch after the war and pre-68; those apparently are marked "7.62mm" on the right side of the slide. This one isn't so marked. It may have been a "GI-bring back", but there is no way I know of to tell that.

I hope to be able to take it to the range, after applying a little bit of lubrication.

UPDATE: Range report.


Old NFO said...

Nice 'find' there!

Murphy's Law said...

Nice. I like it.

Robert Bowen said...

I've got one of those. My father, US Army Officer, got it out of a warehouse for my mother's personal protection when we went to Germany in 1949 for occupation duty. I was an infant. I inherited it along with his 1911.
The original grips were bakelite and if these are original they are extremely fragile. I have replaced mine. You can find them online.
It has a distressing way of every once in a while not fully ejecting a spent shell. I have a suspicion that the .32 Automatic ammunition that I can get is not quite the same as was available in 1938.
Its a sweet little pistol, enjoy.
It was also issued to the Gestapo.

Will said...

Those paratroopers had enough trouble just getting themselves down to ground. The risers are not controllable, as they are mounted behind the jumper, and not reachable. Odd system.

Found a page that details it: