Original Czech Pre-WWII Vz.30 Signal Flare Pistol dated 1937 - Serial 13142
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition Czechoslovakian Vz.30 Signal Pistol that was manufactured for the Czech military in 1937. The Czech military "Rampant Lion" acceptance proofs are marked on both barrel and frame. The breech is marked on the top with the production and model information:
ČESKÁ ZBROJOVKA AKC. SPOL. V PRAZE
This indicates manufacture at the Czechoslovakian state arms factory located in the capital of Prague. The left hand side of the frame is marked E 11 (LION) 37, for manufacturer in 1937, presumably in the 11th month of November.
It chambers 26.5mm flares and has a 5" barrel. The design is quite unique and quality of craftsmanship is very high. There is a hinged breech block which swings open to access the chamber. The hammer is thumb cocked and drops down to allow the pistol to be loaded. The trigger is single-action. The barrel and breech block are both easily removable without tools and the inner workings are accessible through a hinged door on the left side of the frame.
Overall condition is excellent with almost all the original bluing intact. There is a bit of oxidation in areas, especially on the parts of the pistol that are not blued, such as the hammer and trigger. The one-piece walnut grips are in very good condition with some minor impressions. The pistol is in perfect mechanical condition and includes the often missing firing pin.
These well made signal pistols were produced in rather limited numbers but saw use throughout WWII, mostly with German forces. A great example, only the second we have ever had!
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