Original German WWII Leuchtpistole 34 Heer Signal Flare Pistol with Leather Holster - Dated 1942
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 It superseded the previous LP28, which was made of all steel, as part of a continuing evolution of Walther-designed flare pistols.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 bears original German maker code duv, which stands for the Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabriken Bernhard Berghaus of Lübeck, a German weapons manufacturer founded in 1936 by Bernhard Berghaus. Berghaus was an industrialist and prominent NSDAP, and his industries contributed greatly to the re-armament. This factory produced the Kar K98k, the Gew. 43, Kar. 43, as well as many other small arms components. On August 25, 1944, 81 B-24s of the American Eighth Air Force conducted a bombing raid over Lübeck, heavily damaging the BLM factory and killing or wounding 58 of the facility's workers and air raid personnel. The company became defunct at the end of the war.
Below the maker mark is it stamped with the manufacture date of 42, and it has serial number 4628 / a above the trigger guard. It is nicely Waffenamt marked on the right side of the frame, trigger assembly, and barrel.
Completely Original German WW2 manufacture in excellent complete condition with black bakelite checkered grip panels. The pistol is very clean, and still has most of the original anodized finish on the aluminum components. The steel components still have their original heavy blued finish. The lanyard ring is still present.
The included holster is the standard heavy black leather soft shell holster used throughout the war. It is well conformed to the LP34, so this is most likely the holster it was originally issued with. The black finish is in very good condition, and there is minimal cracking on the leather, which is still supple. It still has the small leather buckle loop for holding the cleaning rod, though the cleaning rod is sadly missing.
In great condition, ready to display.
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