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AndyG,
Your 6.35 Sauer is a WTM (Westen Taschen Pistole) which began production as the 1925 model. In 1928 a modified WTM was introduced with obliquely cut finger grips. This model was in production until 1939. I am not sure if they continued production of the 1925 model after the introduction of the 1928 model. There is at least one very knowledgeable fellow on Sauer's posting on this forum. I'm sure he will log in.

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Andy,

as far as the Sauer is concerned, it is known sometimes as "Model 20" or "Model 24" (Model 25 is new to me - allthough.... why not!), depending on the assumed production start. It is (no matter what designation) no official, but a collector's term. Sauer's own terminology was always "Westentaschen-Modell", and later "Westentaschen-Modell alter Art" (vest pocket model old style). "Later" means, when the model 28 (now, an official term used by Sauer) came out in 1928. The model 24 runs from serial number 1 to 8540 approximately. Yours seems to have an odd feature I have noticed only on my own one serial number 7718 (60 away from yours): an "L" under the serial number - can that be? Not sure... what is the strange marking on the right side of the slide under "CAL. 6, 35" ??? Can't make it out....
..but would like to know for the collection of Sauer serial number data.

Dave: should you have meant me: I am honored. What's about posting pics of your new Sauer 1930? A 1930 in excellent condition will make me jeleaus! For sure!

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Andy,

..."Ilse" ??? I guess, I know what you are after... But "Koch" (= Cook) is a common name in Germany. No, I don't think, this pistol belonged to her.


Yes, I think, it was used in WWII.


BTW: all vest pockets of Sauer & Sohn are rare today. As yours seems to be in a very good condition, I'd keep it.

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Yes Martin, I was referring to you! The reason I called it a Model 1925, is that is what Ian Hogg calls it in Two books. As soon as I can get my digital working and figure out the system, I will post the 1930 Sauer pictures.

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