Original German WWII Walther LP 34 Heer Signal Flare Pistol with Bakelite Green Star Cartridge Canister - Dated 1940 & 1941
Original item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful 1940-dated example of the classic German Wehrmacht LP-34 signal flare pistol, which was designed in 1934. Unlike most of our offerings, it comes complete with an original bakelite cartridge canister, which is dated 1941. The Leuchtpistole 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 It superseded the previous LP28, which was made of all steel, as part of a continuing evolution of Walther-designed flare pistols.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 maker mark Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thür) over the famous WALTHER banner and 1940 date. This company, based in the Thüringenn (Thuringia) region of Germany, needs no introduction. They developed this design of flare pistol, making several versions of it. They also designed numerous famous pistols, including the PP/PPK line, and the P-38 9mm pistol that replaced the P-08 Luger. The company still exists to this day.
The pistol has matching serial number 481 / g above the trigger guard and on the barrel just by the hinge. It is nicely Waffenamt marked on the right side of the frame and barrel, with inspector number 356, along with various other inspection and proof marks.
Completely Original German WWII manufacture in very good complete condition with pre war flat-sided brown bakelite checkered grip panels with rounded edges. The pistol is very clean, and still has most of the original anodized finish on the aluminum components. There are some areas where it has worn through or faded to green, which is very common on pistols that were in service for as long as this one was.
The steel components still have their original heavy blued finish. It still has the original screw in lanyard ring, which were often lost. 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.
A fantastic set, ready to add to your collection and display!
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