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Old 02-02-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Several years back my Father-in-Law gave my wife a pistol. He has since passed away and it is of sentimental value to her. We have not shot it.

It says this: Deutsche Werke Werke Erfurt cal 7.65m/m Ortgies' patent

Can anyone give me any info on this pistol?

The ammo he gave her with it was .32 Auto -- is this the right ammo for this gun?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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Without detailed pix, any guidance is a shot in the dark...
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Does it look like this?
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That's it, Robo!
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Popular little .32 auto (7.65mm is the Euro designation- metric, y'know) Made in Erfurt Germany. Some were used as secondary martial pistols by the German military in WW II. Value based on condition, but somewhere around $300-$350, more if Nazi marked.
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Many thanks, C3. I appreciate the info. That is more $ value than I expected -- but it will never be sold -- it has more sentimental value than anything. My FIL had only one handgun -- that one -- and my wife remembers him keeping it under his pillow or in a sock in his dresser. It brings back memories for her. I wanted to make sure the ammo was correct for it as I think she'll enjoy it if I tell her I took it out to shoot and it worked okay. She doesn't like semi-autos.
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BTW -- what do Nazi markings look like?
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I'm not expert, or even a layman, and I'm sure there are various different proof markings depending on period and piece. Here is an example of a common marking:

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It is called a Waffenampt. Commonly referred to as a NAZI eagle. It is a proof mark or acceptance mark for the military during the NAZI era. Not unlike the "flaming bomb" proof mark on US arms in the 20th century
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Y'all are great. Thanks! Off to buy some .32 auto for plinkin'...
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