Saturday, February 16, 2008

JP Sauer & Sohn 7,65

All this 'gun talk' over at Longrange got me thinking about an old gun my husband has, which I always thought was just a piece of junk basically - he's a type who saves EVERYTHING. Anyhow, I examined it and did a little Internet research, and it turns out it may be quite the collectors item. The ivory grip indicates that it was probably issued to a German Officer in WWII:

"The Sauer model 38H or often just H was a small semiautomatic pistol made in Nazi Germany from 1938 until just after the end of World War II by the prestigious firm J.P. Sauer und Sohn, then based in Suhl, Germany. The "H" in the model number denoted 'hammerless.'.....

..... Sauer developed the 38H from their earlier semi-automatic pistols. It was necessary to compete with companies such as Mauser on the commercial market. However, with the outbreak of the war, most pistols went to various German police agencies, often equipped with a black leather holster. These guns were stamped by those agencies and some can still be found with the holster and additional magazine with which they were distributed. Sauer 38H pistols presented to Nazi officials usually featured custom engraving, ivory grips, and often gold inlay as well. For example, in September 2004 the Rock Island Auction Company sold a Sauer 38H, serial number 363573, that belonged to S.S. Colonel-General Joseph "Sepp" Dietrich for $43,125.00."

Notice the 'iron eagle' below the serial number and also on the barrel.

Isn't the Internet terrific? You can find almost anything you're looking for. My mother gave me some silverware which belonged to my grandparents many, many years ago. One quick Internet search told me everything I wanted to know about them!!! Too cool:>D


The Merry Widow said...

The PPK I have is in a holster with what looks like a kreigsadler on it.Of course the PPK was a police weapon...too cool!
Bet hubby is happy about the info!


Warren said...

Very interesting!

Quite possibly there is further information about this pistol. Someone might have a list of the serial numbers of these pistols and to whom they were issued.

Some collectors specialize in this type of rare firearm.

It looks to be in perfect shape and "very" collectable.

Z said...

That is one BEEEEEAUTIFUL gun. The ivory's gorgeous!

Eyes said...

Hi tmw - cool! I have a PPK, but it's vintage 2006 :>D

Hi Warren - I sent an email to to see if they kept any of that sort of information. Hubby's dad picked it up from a soldier when he was stationed in England during WWII as a mechanic. I'll let ya'all know if I find out anything new. It is quite interesting.

Hi Z - It is cool!

Anonymous said...

I have a mint condition p38h that my dad brought home from berlin at the end of ww2. he traded cigs and candy for it. Holster serial matches gun serial. It's my favorite pistol to shoot . Incredible engineering

Eyes said...

Cool Anon, Have you shot it?

Wesley Szypszak said...

Does anyone know of a place where I can get either OEM or repro grips for my p38h, vintage April 1945. The originals are cracked (common) and I want to shoot the gun and save the OEM's. Any material besides wood would be fine.

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