Original German WWII Rare Kampfpistole Z Model LP 34 Signal Flare Pistol by Walther - Dated 1941
Original item: Only One Available. This is a very rare example of the German WWII Kampfpistole (struggle pistol), also called the Kampfpistole Z, or "Z-Gun". It is a specialized flare gun introduced into German service during 1939 and served throughout World War II. It is a single shot, break action, flare gun designed and produced by Walther, and was based on the earlier Leuchtpistole 34.
Externally both the Kampfpistole and the Leuchtpistole 34 were nearly identical. The difference between the two models was the Kampfpistole had a rifled barrel while the Leuchtpistole 34 was a smoothbore gun. The Kampfpistole could be identified by a Z engraved on the barrel of the gun. Like the LP34, the Kamppistole's barrel and frame were machined from "duralumin" alloy, and had bakelite pistol grips. The primary roles for the Kampfpistole were signaling, illumination, target marking, or concealment with a smoke grenade. Later during World War II, explosive rounds were developed to give German troops a small and lightweight grenade launcher for engaging targets from close range which could not be engaged satisfactorily by infantry weapons or artillery without endangering friendly troops. It is this use as a lightweight anti-tank gun that really brought fame to the "Z-gun", making them highly desirable.
This example is maker marked ac / 41 on the left side of the frame, for maker/developer Waffenfabrik Walther in Zella-Mehlis, Thüringen. Walther is a legendary name in the armament industry, and exists to this day. They developed the PP line of firearms, the P-38, and a multitude of other weapons. The 41 indicates 1941 manufacture, and it has serial number 1399 above the trigger guard and on the barrel. It has proof marks on the left side of the frame and barrel, including what looks to be an eagle over an upside down heart.
Completely Original German WW2 manufacture in good complete condition, with a good amount of the original anodized finish present. The steel components still have a good blued finish, with a bit of light peppering. 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.
This is a great chance to pick up a very rare variant of the German LP34, the "Z-Gun" Kampfpistole. Ready to display!
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