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Gentlemen, I have a Sauer 38 with a stamp on the triggerguard and I like to know more about this stamp. Maybe some one of you can help me.

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Arno

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Arno,

welcome to the forum.

I haven't seen such a Lion/6 marking. The only Lion marking I've seen on a Sauer 38-H is a Norway post-war Lion stamp. But this lion looks different (holding an axe).

What's the serial number of your Sauer? Any other unusual markings?

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Martin
 
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Hallo Martin, thanks for your answer. The serial number 307508 and there are no other unusual markings just the nitro proof. The condition of the gun also funny the barrel looks like new, but the extractor is broken (BTW i'm looking for a new one) and the ejector is bend.

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The norwegian stamp is quite similar, but there is no number under the lion.

And often, but not always, it is a little bigger..

The norwegian stamp is strictly a post-war stamp. It means the gun has been sold as surplus from the norwegian army.
 

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Val,

You are right, it wasn't a real contract. But Bulgaria bought many S&S Pistols and accepted them with such a lion stamp.
Many pistols of the Bulgarian P.08 contracts are showing this stamping.
A good friend of mine is one of the greatest German arms dealers and he imported in the eighties of the last century a container full with weapons from Bulgaria. There were lots of such S&Ss ( M38, M30 and Behördenmodell ).

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Fritz,
This is a very interesting subject as I was unaware of the Bulgarian purchase of these weapons.
I have some of the same questions as Val. When were these purchases? For whom were they purchased, Military, Police?
Any additional information or photos of these pistols would be great!
By the way, since we are on the subject of Bulgarian handguns, I was told that all the Russian purchased 44 Smith and Wesson revolvers were given/purchased by Bulgaria before WW2...Any info on this to include additional makings?
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Dean,

Sorry, but I can't give further information on your questions.
There was no forum like this at that time yet and I have not made me such thoughts as today .
Unfortunately, I have not noted the serial numbers.
The standing lion stamp represents an Army acception.
Interesting was, that many of the Sauers and CZ27s included in this particular container showed replacement grips made of aluminium.

Fritz
 
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