Original German WWII Leuchtpistole 34 Heer Signal Flare Pistol by ERMA-Erfurt - Dated 1937
Original item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of the classic German Wehrmacht LP-34 signal flare pistol, which was designed in 1934. The Leuchtpistol 34 has an aluminum alloy frame and barrel with steel moving components, uses 26.5 mm flares, and was finished in black anodized aluminum. Steel components were blued. It superseded the previous LP28, which was made of all steel, as part of a continuing evolution of Walther-designed flare pistols.
The change to the "duralumin" reduced the weight of the pistol by 0.730 kg, and also partially prevents internal corrosion due to gun powder residue. The overall machine work of the components was improved over the LP28, and the wood grips were replaced by checkered bakelite. Most importantly, the trigger guard was made significantly larger, so that the pistol could be used easily even with a gloved hand.
This example is maker marked ERMA-ERFURT on the left side of the frame, for Erfurter Maschinenfabrik, a German weapons manufacturer founded in 1922 by Berthold Geipel. Prior to and during World War II it manufactured many firearms, including the Karabiner 98k, the MP40 and other submachine guns. Below this is it stamped with the manufacture date of 1937, and it has serial number 754 above the trigger guard and on the barrel. It has proof marks on the left side of the frame and barrel.
Completely Original German WW2 manufacture in good complete condition though the pistol did see long service. This unfortunately has removed the original anodized finish from the aluminum components, except under the barrel. There are also signs of corrosion on the side of the barrel. The steel components have signs of past pitting, and the original blued finish is mostly worn off. The only real modification done is that the left bakelite grip panel was replaced at some point, most likely having been broken during service. A wooden grip panel has been installed in its place.
The pistol still has the original screw-in lanyard ring, which is very often missing. These were removable, so the pistol could be mounted to a device that allowed remote firing from a nearby tree or fence, sometimes with a trip wire.
Ready to display.
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