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* Recently reviewed an "all matching" 1939-42 code with a sE/623 accepted barrel. This pistol has sE/655(2) acceptance marks & the 3rd style test proof. S/N is 74-- "x" block. I/Side S/plate correctly numbered 75. Later 5MM (fxo-P.08 O/side) aluminum bottom NM mag in the "u" block('41). Accompanied by a dead, shoe polish finished "gjh/42" PT.08 missing a belt loop and sans the pull up knot.
* Condition would rate a conservative 90+% with patina'd matt bluing on both grip straps, common muzzle band wear-slight on the left & 1/2" cresent on right, right frame rail has some speckling, & blume on the aft side plate edge with 30% blue left on the plate hump. Normal edge wear elsewhere. Frame ramp & rear link stop wear in evidence. No S/N, barrel diam, or proof on the barrel; so, a replacement at some</u> time in its history. Barrel shows a uniform patina under a strong light indicating the replacement happened a while ago. Connecting pin and sideplate lever both "blued". Receiver, toggle train, & frame still exhibit machine marks and patina under the blue under a "Mag lighted" exam.
* Forum search reveals a 1940 dated Luger w/ a Steyr barrel; but, hadn't heard of a 1939 so re-equiped. Noted Toggle Top's post on a loose barrel example brought back from Germany w/ only the E/623 acceptance. Also, Tom Heller has reported having a half dozen of these Steyr barrels over the last 25 years.
* Reportedly acquired from an estate sale; but, heirs had no original vet papers. Current owner is fishing for an offer & contemplating his options while he enjoys punching holes in paper @ 33'. Haven't heard an asking price as yet & am contemplating an offer.
* Would members consider this a "shooter", legit WW2 depot/armourer rehab, a rare example, or suspect curiousity?? If the later, would some premium over a shooter price be reasonable? All opinions on legitimacy, fair offer &/or final value appreciated. Wish I had pics to help; but, none available...yet.
* One for the dBase anyway. Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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Dwight,

* NO witness mark on the barrel; but there is the original line on the receiver.

* Additionally, no witness mark on the barrel band block or front sight.

* Got me so conditioned, Dwight, it is one of the first thing I thought of to indicate a re-barrel. Thanks for your research!!
 
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