Need info on German pistol

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Steve65, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Steve65

    Steve65 New Member

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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.
     
  2. NGIB

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    Without detailed pix, any guidance is a shot in the dark...
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Does it look like this?
     

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  4. Steve65

    Steve65 New Member

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    That's it, Robo!
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  6. Steve65

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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.
     
  7. Steve65

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    BTW -- what do Nazi markings look like?
     
  8. Bighead

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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:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. robocop10mm

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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
     
  10. Steve65

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    Y'all are great. Thanks! Off to buy some .32 auto for plinkin'...
     
  11. CA357

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    I think they were also used as officers sidearms during the war. Clean it well and lube it before you shoot it.
     
  12. NGIB

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    What scares me about this thread is that Robo may have freaking ESP - that's a chilling thought...:eek:
     
  13. Drriley

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    Google "Ortgies" for a lot of info on these neat little pistols. Usually good shooters
    they are .32 auto.

    From a mechanical outlook they are entirely "fitted" - no pins used anywhere in
    the gun.
     
  14. loaf_fan

    loaf_fan New Member

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    No screws, lots of pins

     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Considering the age, you may want to have someone check it out before shooting.
     
  16. elmopete

    elmopete New Member

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    I have a 25cal.ortgie with serial number13468,and I would like to get rid of it because of the stupid handle safety.You have to squeeze the handle as well as the trigger to shoot.Very Annoying!!
     
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  17. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum. We have a "classified" section where this post should be. I don't know if your low number of posts will allow that.

    May I suggest that you also look at posting on some of the gun auction sites?
    A pawn shop may also buy it from you.
     
  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The grip safety is not a major issue for most folks. The modern Springfield XD retains that feature.