1940 Krieghoff Luger

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This is a Chamber Dated 1940 Krieghoff, made for the German Luftwaffe from over-run parts based on the 10,000 gun contract that was completed in 1938 with the shipment of the last 50 guns.  This is a 1908 Model, 9mm with a 4" (100mm) Barrel, all matching gun  the was assembled and delivered in 1940 as a separate contract.  This fine Krieghoff exhibits the both old and new Stage proofing.  (1377)

 

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The finish is the deep blue that is applied to a finely polished surface and it gives the gun the fine quality of a sporting arm that Krieghoff is famous for.  The grips went from maroon to black after the initial contract and the magazines became the code 122 with the Eagle 37 proof.

This weapons can be transferred with and FFL and C&R. If you are a collector it pays to have your own Curios and Relics license.  If you need more information about the gun to make your decisions then email  Any Questions or requests to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

 

 

 

Krieghoff used the 122 Type III magazine as the conversion was also made by Mauser utilizing the 122 magazine. The side plate and trigger lever are both proofed with the Eagle 2, the proof of Krieghoff inspections while the side plate bears the last two digits of the serial number concealed.

Krieghoff proofing was part commercial and part military.  Where other military producers placed the last two digits of the serial number on the out side of the side plate and locking lever it was concealed on the Krieghoff.  Likewise where you expect to see the serial number on the rear toggle it is under the toggle, (see below).

Under the barrel Krieghoff used a Stage I and Stage II proofs along with the gauge markings.   The serial number is just above the flare of the barrel. 

Above you can see the serial number on the frame, the barrel, gauge markings on the barrel, stage I & II proof and the Eagle 2 Stage II proof on the matching magazine.

 

Here you can see inside the gun and the care it has received these past 65+ years.  You can also see the compacted main spring from the toggle is in full rear batter, and on the thumb safety extension.

 

Contrary to popular opinion that pilots carried the Luger the principle recipient of the Krieghoff Luger was the German Paratroops ( Fallschirjager)  A Luftwaffe general, Kurt Student, was given charge of airborne training.  The Parabellum was the weapon of choice.

Reichsmarschall Hermann  Göring became personally committed to the creation of Germany's airborne arm in the 1930s. As the Prussian Prime Minister of the Interior, he ordered the formation  of a specialist police unit in 1933, the Polizeiabteilung z.b.V. Wecke, devoted to protecting Nazi party officials.

On 22 December 1933, the unit was again retitled, becoming the Landes-polizeigruppe General Göring.

The unit carried out conventional police duties for the next two years under the command of Göring's ministerial adjutant Friedrich Jakoby, but it was Göring's intention to ultimately produce a unit that would match the Reichswehr.

In the spring of 1935 (March–April) Göring transformed the Landespolizei General Göring into Germany's first dedicated airborne regiment, giving it the military designation Regiment General Göring (RGG)

The unit was incorporated into the newly-formed Luftwaffe' on October 1st of the same year and training commenced at Altengrabow. Göring also ordered that a group of volunteers be drawn for parachute training. These volunteers would form a core Fallschirmschützen Bataillon ("parachute soldiers battalion"), a cadre for future Fallschirmtruppe ("parachute troops"). In January 1936, 600 men and officers formed the 1st Jäger Battalion/RGG, commanded by Bruno Bräuer, and the 15th Engineer Company/RGG and were transferred to training area Döberitz for jump training while the rest of the regiment was sent to Altengrabow. Germany's parachute arm was officially inaugurated on 29 January 1936 with an Order of the Day calling for recruits for parachute training at the Stendal Parachute Training School located 96 km west of Berlin.  After Six Qualifying jumps the parachutist was awarded the parachute badge.

 

 

Above Left: This is an undated holster as most of the holsters that Krieghoff used were.  Speculation was that they just bought the holsters and used them as they issued the guns in whatever year it was. This is just another of the unanswered questions that may or may not ever be certified.  In any case the holster is intact with good stitching and all parts functions. At some point the rear belt loop was replaced

Above with the gun in full recoil you can see the  rear main axel pin that Stage II proofs on the receiver and the 2nd toggle link. 

This 1940 dated Krieghoff is characterized by Krieghoff logo on the first toggle,  the rear "V" cut fixed and front dovetailed sight and the frame with the stock lug. It is all matching, including the firing pin,  and truly represents one of the most coveted Krieghoffs that collectors treasure.

Above the toggle in full recoil and you don't see the serial number on the rear main axel pin. Although the order was issued for the Wehrmacht in 1932 to number the pins but very rarely do you find a Krieghoff with the numbered pin. The 1940 Luger is estimated to have been produced late in the year and only 100 were made; it is anyone's guess how many made it to the US and then how many are in such minty condition.  Truly a find for the serious Luger collector.

The proofing is extensive on the Krieghoff and this gun is not exception with the Stage I and Stage II proofs on many of the small parts. (Below) The last digits of the serial number appear on the Krieghoff under the toggles as on most commercial Lugers. This gives the Krieghoffs' the distinctive professional look.

It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.  For more pictures are detailed explanations contact josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

 

The principle recipient of the Krieghoff Luger was the German Paratroops (Fallschirmjäger)  A Luftwaffe general, Kurt Student, was given charge of airborne training.  The Parabellum was the weapon of choice and issue.

The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) raised a variety of airborne light infantry (Fallschirmjäger) units. German paratroopers were part of the German Air Force rather than the Heer (German Army). Starting from a small collection of Fallschirmjäger battalions at the beginning of the war, the Luftwaffe built up a division-sized unit of three Fallschirmjäger regiments plus supporting arms and air assets, known as the 7th Flieger Division (7th Air Division).

Fallschirmjäger units made the first airborne invasion when invading Denmark on the 9 April 1940. In the early morning hours of Operation Weserübung, they attacked and took control of Aalborg Air Base which played a key role acting as a refuel station for the Luftwaffe in the subsequent invasion of Norway. In the same assault the bridges around Aalborg were taken. Other airborne attacks during the Battle of Denmark were also carried out, including one on a fort on the island Masnedo.

 

Der Führer Adolf Hitler after giving the Iron Cross to members of the Fallschirmjäger .

Over 54,449 paratroops were killed in action and over 8,000 are still listed as missing in action.

Fallschirmjäger were awarded a total of 134 Knight's Cross of the Iron Crosses between the years 1940–1945. Twenty-four KC were awarded in the west and 27 were awarded after Crete. Out of the 134 KC, 15 were with oak leaves, five with oak leaves and swords, and one with oak leaves, swords and diamonds.

The German paratroopers were the first to be employed in unit sized operations and their bravery was unchallenged.  When the situation made it impossible to function as an attack unit their units were equipped with ground force equipment to engage the enemy.  On of the most outstanding operations was the defense of Monte Casino when the German Fallschirmjäger Division stopped General Mark Clarks Army's attack up the Italian peninsula.   Despite the assurances of German General Kesselring (Left) that the monastery would not be used as part of the German Defenses the Allies bombed it to rubble.

On 15 February the monastery, high on a peak overlooking the town of Cassino, was destroyed by 1,400 tons of bombs dropped by American bombers. The bombing was based on the fear that the abbey was being used as a lookout post for the German defenders. Two days after the bombing, German paratroopers from the 1st Fallschirmjäger  Division poured into the ruins; ironically, the destruction caused by the bombing and the resulting jagged wasteland of rubble gave these ground troops improved protection from air and artillery attack making it a more viable defensive position.  The Allies paid dearly making for separate attacks to win the Cassino

From 17 January to 18 May, the Gustav defenses at Monti Cassino were assaulted four times by Allied troops. For the last of these the Allies gathered 20 divisions for a major assault along a twenty mile front to drive the remnants of the German paratroop defenders from their positions but at a very high cost.

 

This is a beautiful example of a 1940 dated Hermann Krieghoff Luger with matching parts, These all matching guns outside the original contract are very hard to find for the advanced Krieghoff collectors   Any questions or request for addition pictures to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com  Subject to in-house sale, check for availability. This is a very difficult date to obtain in this minty condition and is offered for $12,950.00 to the advanced Krieghoff investor.


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