Original German WWII US Combat Engineers Captured Leuchtpistole 34 Heer Signal Flare Pistol by Walther with Bringback Paper and Box - Dated 1941

Item Description

Original item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the classic German Wehrmacht LP-34 signal flare pistol, complete with serial matched bring back papers from a Captain with the 819th Engineer Battalion. The Leuchtpistole 34, which was designed in 1934, 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 It superseded the previous LP28, which was made of all steel, as part of a continuing evolution of Walther-designed flare pistols.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 ac, which stands for Carl Walther AG, located in Zella-Mehlis, Thuringia. Walther is the original developer of the LP 28 and 34 pistols, as well as the famous line of PP Pocket Pistols, and the P-38 Service pistol. Below this is it stamped with the manufacture date of [19]41, and it has serial number 5354 above the trigger guard and on the barrel hinge. It is nicely Waffenamt marked on the right side of the frame and barrel, with inspector number 359. It also has the interesting Eagle over a "Tree inside Inverted Heart" stamping, which is apparently for Thuringia, the "Green Heart" of Germany.

Completely Original German WWII manufacture in good complete condition with later war flat-sided black bakelite checkered grip panels with rounded edges, which are in excellent condition.

The pistol is clean and still has little of the black anodized finish on the barrel, and the frame has almost all of it. The steel components still have their original heavy blued finish. It still has the original lanyard ring, which is the fixed type, so it does not screw out. The pistol breaks open correctly, and has a functional ejector and firing pin.

Included with the pistol is the original “Certificate” dated August 31, 1945. The signal pistol was captured by Captain Gerald A. Dodge of the Headquarters and Service Company, 819th Combat Engineer Battalion. It states that the “items referred to are” as being a “German Flare GUn No. 5354” which matches the serial number of the flare gun itself. The box that came with these two items we believe are original with it and was more than likely used by the veteran to store the pistol itself. The box measures 15 ⅜” x 10 ⅛” x 3 ⅝”.

Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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