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I have found another HZa marked P38, the depot is JC3. Any of you Luger guys have an HZa marked gun? What is the depot marking?

I hit the P38 lottery last week and found another HZa marked pistol. I now own two of the four guns known!

Here is the scoop on the HZa marking, both guns have the same depot number, JC3.

The fourth marking on this P38 is an eagle over Hza JC3. On Third Reich small arms the marking means a depot level rework. Most parts replacement was done some level below the depot (ie: the unit) Depot level work is usually reserved for a major overhaul or repair.

The abbreviation is for Heereszeugamt with the depot number JC3. The marking is extremely rare for P38's as Buxtom has only two reported, one is pictured on page 271 of vol. 1.

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Costanzo shows 15 E/HZA stamps with a range of numbers on page 95-96 and references most in terms of equipment, ammunition depot proofs mostly on reworks.
E/HZAJ.L.16:
E/HZA.J.L.3.
E/HZA,M.E.28
E/HZA.J.B.3.
E/HZA.J.L.78
E/HZA.J.L.16.
E/HZA.J.L.26.
E/HNZa
E/HZPa
E/HZaN
E/HNZaN
E/HMA
E/HMA
E/HZA.Z.B.3.
About 20 years ago I sold a 1936 S/42 with an E/HZA stamp on its right receiver(didnt record) and such stamps have been rarely reported on Nazi Era Lugers.
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