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Hello, I am new on this forum but post often on gunboards. Very nice site here. What I have is a sauer 38H. Eagle N marked slide on right side rear, patent on right slide. JP Sauer & Sohn Suhl CHL 765 on left side of slide. Left rear of frame is serial number 332339 and eagle over N. Left side of trigger guard is marked eagle over 37(military(wermacht??) and the bottom of the mag has the S&S stamp and is cal 7.65 stamp. Grip panels are marked (left one) 242/251 and the right one is marked 242/25?. Are they correct?? Finish is extremely worn . It has the decocker and slide mounted dafety. Any idea where I could find an original (not repro) holster for it and another matching mag. IS my mag marked correct for what I have?? Anything anyone could share with me about my particular pistol?? Thanks alot. I know I probably sound annoying but I collect weapons from the eastern front and know very little about this model. Thanks again, NS
 

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Your Sauer is a "type 3", made in late 1941 or early 1942. Type 3's had a "military finish", rougher and less polished than the guns produced earlier, but still of high quality mechanicaly. The eagle/37 is the military acceptance stamp (Waffenamt). These guns were issued to the Wermacht and the Luftwaffe. Both tankers and pilots favored the 7.65 pistols for their size. The grips are probably original, but it's hard to tell, since many repros have the correct internal markings. Original grips tend to be quite brittle, and crack easily, so treat them gently. Don't over tighten the grip screws or subject them to shock. Check www.checkpointcharlies.com for holsters and magazines. He did have some, and he's a good guy, but be warned, all Sauer parts tend to be pricey. Hope this helps.
 
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Hello Sauer, you have helped alot. I like to know the general time frame something was produced. Comes with being a history nut. Will check w/ Charlie on mags and holster. Thanks again, NS
 

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NS: The connection with history is why I collect these pistols, and I am ALWAYS looking for more information about dates, places, and people that involve them. Do yourself a favor and get some reference books about them. Jan's books are outstanding, but for Sauer information you need Jim Cate's volume I and II on Sauers. Especially volume I, which is out of print, but still available from some booksellers. BTY, Jim is always looking for Sauer SN information for his data base, and gladly accepts your questions. His e-mail is [email protected].
 
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Hello Sauer just found a holster for it late last night. A sponsor of gunboards emailed me with one. Will still pick up a couple mags though. Thanks alot. Will also email my info to Jim. Thanks again, NS
 
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