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I was fortunate enough to track down and purchase these two Kriegsmarine Lugers ....a 1938 S/42 ser#8143l....N2639 property Marked with a mag N2640 and a CURT VOGEL 1938 Marine Marked Holster...The other gun is a 1940-42 Code ser#5932(cannot decipher the suffix) with 2 Matched mags N3880 and in pristine condition....here are some photos...

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Peter, congrats on a very nice find. I also have a 1940-42 code that is only a couple of hundred away from yours with a z suffix. It is not a Navy like yours. I have been wondering if would ever see a serial close to the one I had. Thanks for posting the great pictures.
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I could not believe it when I saw this! I have a 1940-42 which is the number just before yours 5931 suffix Z. It also has a navy property number N3877. Unfortunately, I do not have the correct mags or holster but the pistol is in good shape. If you ever come accross a mag let me know.
 

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Hi John.....what are the chances of 2 sequentially numbered Lugers still existing.....both Navies....both in Canada!!!!?????......is there any story behind yours.....was it a vet bring back??..Canada had quite a few troops in Northern Germany at the end of the war...near and at the Naval bases....consequently,a fair amount of Navy Lugers show up here!!!
 

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Suetterlin script: a script, created by the Berlin graphic artist L. Sütterlin (1865-1917), which was taught from 1915 to 1941 in German schools. It is also called the "the German handwriting". The writing is a standard form of the earlier and very different chancery writing which was mainly used by government officials.

Considered mandatory under Hitler - and so went into disrepute after WWII - but just makes Lugers even more interesting. Several web sites (even English language) teach Suetterlin - check with Google.

Once mastered, great joy in confounding the uninitiated.

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Hi Peter,
I do not know the history of how this pistol came to end up in Canada. I purchased it about a year ago. It would be nice to know...
 

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John....here are the photos you sent me of #5931z....N3877....I find it to be a really extraordinary coincidence that you have a gun one number apart from the one that I have.....

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Peter,
I was wondering if your mags are marked fxo Wa37 or if there is also a 122 on them. I have been looking for the proper mag for some time...

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Peter and John
Over the last 15 years, a number of Third Reich Era Army Lugers have been boosted by adding Kriegsmarine property numbers. (To my knowledge this is strictly a Waffenfabrik USA accomplishment.) A collector has to be very careful when purchasing a Kreigsmarine Luger. Checking to see that the potential purchase falls in the correct serial range is indispensable.

The Luger in question, serial number 5932z and N/3880, is not in the 1940 42 code Kreigsmarine list serial number range found on page 108 of Third Reich Lugers. On page 108 all the reported N property number 1940 42 code Lugers have property numbers in the N/4282 to N/4860 range.

In my opinion, the second 1940 42 code consecutive in serial number to the one above (serial number 5931z and N/3877) (and reported by John independently) verifies both Kriegsmarine Lugers.

It appears that the 1940 42 code serial range starts a little earlier (or overlaps more) than the 7700z range indicated in Third Reich Lugers on page 65. The high 5000 z range for the start (or overlap) of the 1940 42 code range is a more accurate estimate.

Based on the above two Kreigsmarine Lugers, the N property range 1940 42 code Kreigsmarine Lugers start in the high 5000z serial range and in the N/3800 property range.

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To better close the transition between the 1939 42 code Lugers and the 1940 42 code lugers, what is the serial number of your 1940 42 code. I used to own Kreigsmarine 1939 42 code, serial number 5080z with a N/3960 property number. Any more 1939 or 1940 42 code lugers to help close the transition serial range and property number gap?
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Really interesting Jan....I didn't realise that the z suffix was at the beginning of 1940-42 production run and was trying to figure out why the property number was so low compared to the other 1940-42s in your book...Thank you for the information!!
 
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