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Presenting a recent acquisition

German Army Acceptance Stamp: E/WaA251
German Army Test Proof on barrel: E/svastica
Serial Number: 59315

This pistol belongs to the approximate serial range 58000-63000. I understand there were only 5,000 specimens that were stamped with E/WaA251. Those in the serial range 63000-76000 were accepted with the WaAD20 stamp, for an estimated total procurement of 18,000.

i find curious the number 322 that appears on the barrel and inside the receiver does not correspond exactly to the last 3 digits of the serial number (59315) stamped on the right side of receiver. Could it simply be a factory assembly number that is not linked to the serial number?

Thank you if you could help clarify...

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Very nice and not so common pistol, well done!
These have assembly numbers indeed and those numbers do not correspond with the serial number.
 

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Thank you for your assistance, gentlemen.
I may have another question regarding the magazine.
Which variation - left one or right one - should correspond with the Kriegsmodell?

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Very nice gun! For 18k being procured they certainly don’t seem to come up as often as they should. Would be fascinating to know where many of these ended up seeing service and knowing why the ‘appear’ to not have an incredibly high survival rate.
 

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The assembly number will also appear inside the top of the slide. I really like how simple and sturdy these guns are. I have all three model's the Germans used.
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Wow, very nice and in great shape. not often found for sure as you are correct, only the first few thousand still retained the 251 mark. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice example Bruno!

I have one as well, also in very nice condition, but mine is the later WaAD20 marked. And the WaA is upside down. :)

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Unique 17

Here is a Unique 17 with German Army Acceptance Stamp, s/n 42542.
Interestingly only the left side of the stamp appears, i.e. only half of the eagle and no 251 after WaA.
There is also the E/svastica on the barrel, but not illustrated in this post.
Other pictures show both Kriegsmodell on top, and Unique 17 at bottom. Main difference is the exposed hammer on Kriegsmodell.
According to J. Still, there was an estimated procurement of 30,000 Unique 17, with serial range from 21000 to 58000.
For your appreciation fellow collectors.

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Beautiful pair! Now you just need to track down the elusive Unique 16 to complete the German occupation set!
 

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Thank you for your comments.
In addition to Unique 16, another missing specimen would be Unique Kriegsmodell stamped WaAD20, serial range 63000-76000...
 

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Congratulations for finding Unique 16, Sam.
 
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