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Unread 07-07-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Another Krieghoff at Simpson's

A P-Code with sideframe inscription.

http://www.simpsonltd.com/product_in...oducts_id=3992
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Unread 07-07-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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Fully priced, I might add!
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Unread 07-08-2007, 03:50 AM   #3
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Fully priced might be the understatement of the year. I have trouble messing with Simpsons pictures and so I can't make out the side inscription, but the barrel seems to be in pretty rough shape. The side plates bluing doesn't look like it matches the bluing on the frame. Oh well, people can ask any price that they want. What they get may be entirely different.
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If Bob and Brad are selling it, they will stand behind it.

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I know that percent bluing is subjective but how can this be 97% in anyones rating? Maybe some one can explain the side engraved wear as compared with the rest? Oh well whatever the market will bear. Bill
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Whats there to stand behind? For $27,900, the gun should be 'new-in-box' mint. Its not. While giving some leeway due to questionable photograpy, I would still say that this HK is not 97%. Not with that tip of the barrel wear and bluing where the inscription is. I could say more, but then we would be discussing photographic quality, which would be, admittedly, quibling. The focus here is the price, which is absurd. But as I said earlier, people can ask whatever they want, getting it is another story.

But I have been surprized before in this world of the internet. I remember when a Borchardt encased set came up for sale. Very, very nice set. Everyone here thought that it would go for about $30,000 to $35,000. It ended up going for $56,000 or so and many jaws were left hanging at the conclusion of that bidding. So you just don't know whats going to happen.

Incidently, Pete, nice attempt at trying to focus on the side inscription. The clarity just wasn't there.
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What makes this gun worth this kind of money is the six inch bbl and being .30 cal as well. A very rare Krieghoff.

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Thank you Mike. I agree completely. My estimate is there were less than 50 of these produced. The gun is probably priced a trifle low based on auction hammer prices of late.

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Tom/Mike,

Here is a snap shot of the underside of this 6", 7,65 mm barrel.

Are the serial number stampings what one expects to see ?

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There should be NO serial number on the barrel. It also appears that the alignment mark is out of place, most likely indicating that someone replaced the barrel to create a rarer HK Luger. Something is not right about this item!

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Guys,

Randall Gibson (on page 36 in his book on HK Lugers) states when discussing 150 mm barrels that :

"... A handful of Krieghoff commercial examples with this naval lenth barrel has been examined. Generally, they are P Codes in the 5 digit serial group. Proofing is the early commercial Crown N. Without exception, the caliber is 9 mm Parabellum...".

With passing time and more HK guns reported after the book came out, does anyone know if Gibson 'reversed' himself on the 9 mm versus 7,65 mm issue regarding such 6" barrels ? Did he acknowledge 7,65 mm barrels as being factory-optioned ?
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I don't know if he ever recanted but there are a *few* original 7.65s with the factory 150MM barrels.

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Thanks, Tom...

BTW...what do you think of the serial numbers on the Simpson offering...not necessarily if a factory barrel should or should not have them , but rather the "ragged" fashion the numbers seem applied ?

Would also like your thoughts on what Albert pointed out...a witness mark on the barrel shoulder which appears way to the right side of center...
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The extreme rarity of these is such that until I had the gun in my hands and could put the loupe on it, I would not care to comment. I will state, however, that if Bob and Brad are advertising it as righteous, I would tend to be less apprehensive. Trust but verify....

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It is my opinion that the 150 mm in caliber 7,65 mm would be the correct caliber for this 'target-sporting' pistol in the late 1930's. If we consider another type of target pistol made around the same period (1938-39), it would be the extremely rare Walther HP (in single-action with a wood grip) also chambered for the 7,65 mm cartridge and not the 9 mm cartridge. It has been reported that the 7,65 mm cartridge was the preferred cartridge for target shooting (in calibers larger than .22 LR) than compared to the 9 mm cartridge because the former had a flatter trajectory. When the P-38 in caliber 9 mm was adopted by the German Army, the 7,65 mm cartridge continued to be used in the commercial market (such as the Mauser Swedish Commercial Luger) and for target shooting.

After having the opportunity to examine #P603 with a 150 mm barrel, which is absolutely genuine without a doubt (except for the wrong magazine), I believe that these long barrels were supplied from another manufacturer, possibly Mauser. The hue/tone of the salt blue on the long barrels tend to be a shade lighter in color as a result of the different density/hardness of the metal than compared to the rest of the pistol which leads me to believe that the barrels were not made at the Krieghoff factory.

I could be wrong in my opinion, but my logic leads me in that direction.

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