"S" (1935) Krieghoff

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Krieghoff S Code Luger

This is a very early "S"dated Krieghoff manufactured Luger in a contract of 10,000 for the German Air Force in 1935 and delivered in 1936, 1937& 1938. This variation was the first made by Krieghoff under the contract; later in 1936 the chamber bore the 2 digit "36" date followed by the full 1936 date. (908)


Military Krieghoff Lugers bear serial numbers of one through five digits without any suffix. They began military production in 1935 with the "S" Code at serial number 1 and continued consecutively upward until approximately 13000 in early 1945.  The serial numbers overlapped "variations" as defined by collectors and require some study to be certain the exact variation one is looking at.


H.K. Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger

This is an "early S Code" with the following characteristics:  Krieghoff trademark logo with the sword/anchor and "HK Suhl". This is a 9mm has a 100mm barrel (4") barrel, a thumb safety lever with safe down marked Gesichert and the extractor is marked GELADEN (loaded).  The Luger has a hold open and stock lug. Eagle 2 proofs Stage I and Stage II are found throughout the gun (illustrated below). It has been stated that only 4050 Lugers were produced in 1935.
Left Side H.K. Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger

This is a transition between the early "S" code with the numbering on the outside of the parts and the "Mid" series where all the parts are numbered on the "inside".  Note the early numbering on the exterior of take down lever but the side plate is numbered on the inside.  The rear toggle is marked externally and the grips are the fine checkering.

Krieghoff S Date 1936 Serial Number

Krieghoff early style of numbering did not include the barrel but did have the barrel gauge and Eagle 2 proof. This is an all matching gun including the magazine. There is a 'v' notch rear sight on the rear link and a full bladed inverted 'v' sight on the front.


In 1934 the Luftwaffe announced it was seeking bids for military pistols.  It is assumed that Krieghoff had acquired the old Erfurt Luger tooling from Simpson to enable it to contract for only 10,000 Lugers in 9mm.  The chamber date places the assembly as an example of the original military contract.


Krieghoff Early Logo 1936 S Code

Here is a full illustration of the "S" date and the early Krieghoff logo with the early exterior toggle markings. The bore is excellent, minty with a high shine and strong lands and grooves. Although Mauser "S" codes were clearly manufactured and accepted by the military in 1936 Krieghoff manufactured these early guns in 1935.

h.K. Krieghoff Side Plate S Code

On the left are the Luftwaffe (L) stamp Eagle 2 and the drooped wing test proof. 


H.K. Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger Right View

Krieghoff  S Dated Toggle Assembly

Above: Note the serialization on the breach block and the Luftwaffe acceptance stamp. The minute proofs are really marvelous and a sign of the craftsmanship of the Krieghoff. If you are a Krieghoff collector this a jewel.  Below left you can see the early variation marking of the serial number on the toggle links.

Right: the firing pin and firing pin retainer are both marked with the Eagle 2 proof not found on latter variations.

Below right is the traditional "thumb print" found on the back of the original Krieghoff receivers.

As characteristic of the early contract Lugers, the polishing prior to bluing of these pistols was excellent and superior to the other manufacturer's processes.


At the back of the frame is the "thumb print" caused by extra hardening where the rear toggle hits the frame during recoil.  These contract pistols were salt blued in a bath of 300F which produced the uniform premium blue appearance.

Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger Mechanism


Production commenced in the Suhl plant in 1934 and by the end of 1937 the 10,000 contract was completed. This completed the "Early" military contract of which this Luger is a member. While there are very few examples known of the "G" chamber marked date (less than 50 believed produced) they are believed to be the 1934-5 production. The "S" dated chambers were begun in 1935, followed by the "36" and then the full "1936". hereafter the full year dates were used.


H.K. Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger Magazine

The magazine is in excellent condition as is the interior of the gun.  This was a well kept gun and a treasured part of an extensive Krieghoff collection. The magazine is the rolled nickel with the aluminum base and is very clean. The magazine is proofed with the correct Stage II proof, and matching serial number.

Here is the extractor marked GELADEN (Loaded).   The Krieghoff early logo is characterized by the symmetrical blade, the city of Suhl is slanted to the right and the "U" in Suhl is flat bottomed. The handle of the dagger is ovoid shape and shows the clear lines.  This logo is only found on the early series "S" Codes.

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H.K. Krieghoff Ritzmann Grips

This Luger has the fine checkered, Hermann Ritzmann & Sohne,  (HRS) manufactured brown plastic grips. The grips, as the fine checked type, were being phased out during the production of the "36" series.  Since this Luger is so early on in the "S" Series the fine (8964) grips makes it even more desirable. The grips are in excellent shape.

Krieghoff S Dated Fine Checked Grips

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H.K. Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger Front View

This is a very hard to find, collector grade "S" Coded Krieghoff identified as being identified with characteristics of both the early and mid series "S" Code Lugers. Of the 10,000 Krieghoffs in the military contract less than 1800 were produced and this survivor is one of the beauties. Any questions or requests for additional information to   

Krieghoff Suhl S Dated Luger (1936)


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