Krieghoff Prototype Luger


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This is a no serial numbered "aluminum" Krieghoff, properly Side Framed marked Prototype Luger with a very rare 100mm (4") barrel in the 9mm. The aluminum frame was tested to make it more lightweight and create a new species.  This Luger came from the Tom Armstrong collection  (1382)


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The front sight is the full blade inverted "v" mounted on the 100mm barrel. The finish is the deep salt 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 are maroon and indicate this was manufactured prior to 1939 when the grips were changed to black.  Magazines were nickel-plated roll based until the 6000 serial number range when they became blued Haenel Schmeisser extruded magazines until the late production when the reverted to the 122 code or blank sleeved magazines were utilized. Commercial magazines in the Series I were plated, rolled and extruded; as commercial guns were made for attractiveness for sale. 

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The only two calibers noted in Krieghoff production are the 9mm and 7.65mm.  All military dated Lugers are 9mm and of the few civilian guns manufactured by Krieghoff only 20% were 7.65mm.


Commercial production or "P" Code was a "borrow" from the Swiss "Privat" or private which was also used by Walther.  There were three "P" Code ranges for these 1625 identified weapons with the bulk of the Lugers made from rejected military components so the majority will have the five pointed star. It is believed that "P" Codes were begun in 1939 with the three digit series, On the Basis Range the P was not lined up perfectly with the serial number so it was assumed to have been later struck.


The 100mm barrel is standard on standard Krieghoffs with the receiver and barrel being steel.  Suffice to say that this is a rare combination of the aluminum frame and steel upper  making this a one of one.

Only in the very early P Code production Series I was there a side frame inscription. These were considered the prime "P" Codes because of the finish and parts utilized.  This Series ended in the P900 sequence. They were further designated by the Crown N commercial proofing. While this Parabellum exhibits the five pointed star it is not marked with the "P" as it was never intended for sale or use.  This was a test or perhaps demonstration Luger.


Krieghoff used four distinct grips. The early walnut grips that appears on the 1935-1936 models were not the same as the DWM or Simson grips but Kreighoff grips had an almost slab configuration and the diamonds were  more course. The appearance of the brown plastic grip started in the mid "S" range and were a fine diamond design and manufactured by Hermann Ritzmann & Sohne and bore an 8964 stamp on the obverse.  These were phased out in 1937 for a more courser diamond grip through 1939 when the black grips were introduced for the 1940  production.


"P" Codes were made from rejected military components which was designated by the five pointed star seen above on the receiver front. This proof designates the Luger was not destined for the market without commercial proofs.  The hold-open was drilled and inserted into the aluminum frame as it was not designed into the original castings.

"P" Code Magazine didn't follow the rules or military magazine and brown based magazine show up on early "P" Codes and some 1945 dated military model and then the post-war model "P" series.   The side frame inscription on a prototype was probably more for show as the gun must have been passed through the military command system for inspection.


There were two "P" Code series designations. The early series had the brown plastic grips while the latter "P" codes of the 1940 and beyond had the black "Mauser" style grips. In 1944 a distinctive grip was utilized for a short period and then in 1945 both the Mauser style black grips and the "left over" brown grips were used as parts were becoming scarce.


The extractor is marked with the Geladen (Loaded) and the thumb safety is GESICHERT The toggle knobs of the Krieghoff show distinct countersink to the hole while the DWM had a slight countersink Mauser and Simson had none.

There are no serial numbers anywhere on the gun. The Proof on the barrel is very unusual and no reference can be found in our research to identify the proof house it represents.

Underside of the toggle shows Stage I proofing on the 1st  toggle link, the 2nd toggle link is not proofed but the coupling link is Stage I proofed.  It is probable that these parts came from the parts bin during assembly and were proofed prior to assembly.

Here you can see inside the gun and the care it has received these past 65+ years.  You can also see no serial number on the trigger, and on the thumb safety extension. The inside of the Luger is very clean and you can see small holes resulting from imperfect techniques in the casting.  This was a prototype for Krieghoff to learn how to make these aluminum frame Parabellums.


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.


The frame is coated instead of rust blued (not possible with aluminum) and represented another problem for the Krieghoff engineers to solve.  The mixing of the two metals, if the testing had been adopted would have required two finish processes.



The Luftwaffe recruiting poster and a jumper in training.  The greatest airborne operation of the German Paratroops was the Crete invasion which while a success was very costly in aircraft and caused Hitler to reject these large scale attacks in the future.

This Prototype shows the single proof on the barrel, and none on the receiver with the correctly strawed parts and the side frame inscription of the Krieghoff Firm and truly represents one of the most coveted Krieghoffs that collectors treasure.

The Krieghoff Logo Logo Die Type C-2 and side frame inscription were characteristics of those identified as Series I Range up to P1000.  After P1000 the side frame inscription is not utilized except for those guns boosted by personnel to enhance their value.  It is believed because there are both military and P Code Lugers with the same digits in the serial number that the "P" Code was a completely separate commercial range.

The rear of the frame shows the application of two series of numbers which appear no where else on the Luger. These must indicate that more than one attempt had been made to perfect the aluminum frame. The frame does has a stock lug.

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

Krieghoff Lugers continue to appreciate over the years at a somewhat faster rate than most Lugers. Many factors contribute to this increase in value; the very few guns produced, the quality of the guns and craftsmanship and the survivability of these guns from the 2nd World War.  This prototype represents a one-of-one Krieghoff which by its unique aluminum frame will always make one wonder why it was not perfected an employed.  Side frame inscriptions and parts proofing are all documented; when someone begins to explain a Luger enthusiasm should give way to caution.


This is a beautiful example of an early Heinrich Krieghoff Luger made with an aluminum frame and no proofs since it was not issued or sold but retained as a prototype.  This offering for one of the best and most rare commercial Krieghoff Lugers is for $58,950.00 over-the-counter (cash discounted price).  Any questions or requests for addition pictures to  Subject to in-house sale, check for availability. off investor.

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