Original German WWII LP 34 Heer Signal Flare Pistol by ERMA-Erfurt - Dated 1940
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful 1938-dated 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 It superseded the previous LP28, which was made of all steel, as part of a continuing evolution of Walther-designed flare pistols.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 the legendary ERMA-Erfurter Maschinenfabrik B. Geipel GmbH of Erfurt, 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 1940, and it has serial number 8037c above the trigger guard and on the barrel. It is nicely Waffenamt marked on the right side of the frame and barrel, with inspector number 280, correct for ERMA.
Completely Original German WII manufacture in very good complete condition with early war flat-sided black bakelite checkered grip panels with rounded edges. The pistol is very clean, and still has a good finish on most areas. It does have some wear through the finish, mostly on the edge areas of the frame and barrel. The steel components still have their original heavy blued finish. It still has the original screw in lanyard ring base, which were often lost, though it is currently frozen due to light rust. The threaded hole allowed the pistol could be mounted to a device that allowed remote firing from a nearby tree or fence, sometimes with a trip wire.
We tested the pistol, and it breaks open correctly, and an intact and functional extractor. It closes correctly, and can be cocked and dry fired. There is an empty cartridge (not pictured) included with the pistol.
In great condition, ready to display!
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