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This is a very low serial "P" Code Commercial  Krieghoff, properly Side Framed marked Luger with a 100mm (4") barrel in the 9mm. This gun bears the characteristics of those commercial guns most probably made in 1936 by the markings and identification with nearby serial numbers and factory papers.  (1516)


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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 quality of a sporting arm that Krieghoff is famous for.  The grips went from maroon to black after 1939 and the 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 they 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.

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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. This is a 9mm.


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 common on the military Krieghoff and whether the barrel was made by Krieghoff or was from the old DWM stocks obtained from Simson no is unknown at this time. This was an early P-Code with the Commercial Crown N (horizontal) stamped on the gun.  Below you can clearly see the "Geladen",  Loaded on the extractor.  The made the seller aware by sight and by feel that when the gun is loaded.

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.


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 meant that at some stage of testing the gun did not pass the rigid military testing. Krieghoff had a rejection rate of 10% while Mauser had a 40% rate. Depending on the deficiency sometimes that gun was re-worked and sent back to inspections where it was proofed next to the five pointed star meaning it had passed. On other occasions the gun was pulled for commercial sale and finished with the Crown N commercial proof (early).

"P" Code Magazine didn't follow the rules of the 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.   Gibson noted that the Logo Die Type C-2 (as above are found on 1936-1940 Military type and the Series I "P" Code making this Luger correct.


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 Crown N proof mark is shown on the receiver. The toggle knobs of the Krieghoff show distinct countersink to the hole while the DWM had a slight countersink Mauser and Simson had none.

The P on the Serial number in the Series I (up to P11000) has a foot on the "P" while those beyond do not.  Krieghoff proofing was part commercial and part military. On this gun the original serial number was 2674 and a "2" was added with the "P" Code to make it a five digit civilian number.  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).

Underside of the upper slide shows the serial number on the front and rear toggle on the inside instead of the outside as found on the other manufacturers Lugers.  


Above you can see the last two digits of the serial number under the toggles along with the Stage I & II proofs and the Eagle 2 Stage II proof on the coupling link.

Above you can see the Mid Stage II proofs and the last two digits of the serial number.  The fluted firing pin and the proofed firing pin retainer.  The smallest of parts did not miss the inspectors proofs.
Above you can see the Crown N Commercial Proof on the breach block along with the last two digits of the serial number. The beveled hole in the toggle is characteristic of the Krieghoff production and can distinguish the Mauser toggles used by Krieghoff late in the war.

Here are close-ups of the "Ritzman" fine diamond grips highly sought after by the collectors since they were used for such a short time.  The rear toggle shows the late Stage II proofing telling us this 1936 Parabellum used parts later proofed in the assembly of this Luger. Also the rear main axel pin is fire blued.

Here you can see inside the gun and the care it has received these past 75+ years.  You can also see the serial number on the trigger, and on the thumb safety extension. This is a nice clean gun and among the vest of the very rare "P" codes that appear.  Read more in Gibson in his book the The Krieghoff Parabellum.


Contrary to popular opinion that pilots carried the Luger 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.

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.


This "P" Code is very distinctive with the five digit serial number and five pointed start.  The barrel shows the characteristics of a DWM barrel which Krieghoff had on hand from the late '20s.



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.

  Many cite the authenticity of of the Krieghoff frame due to the "thumb print" on the rear of the frame. This was caused by the heat treating applied by Krieghoff under the rear toggle to harden the steel.  When the bluing process took place this heat treated spot took on a different shade producing the "thumb print"

This 1936 "P" Code shows the Crown N 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.

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 increasing value entices some to  create enhancements or "boost" as the collectors say anything with a Krieghoff toggle. One should study the gun carefully and compare the gun to the characteristics so well documented by the Gibson book before making a purchase. Side frame inscriptions and parts proofing are all documented; when someone begins to examine a Krieghoff Luger enthusiasm should give way to caution.

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


This is a beautiful example of an early five-digit "P" Code commercial Heinrich Krieghoff Luger with matching parts, and all the known characteristics that the documented "P" Code Lugers represent.    Any questions or requests for addition pictures to  Subject to in-house sale, check for availability. This offering for one of the best and most rare commercial Krieghoff Lugers is for $8,850 over-the-counter (cash discounted price).ff investor.

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