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Amazing Bit Of Metalwork…

 
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 “The pistol shown below, is an effort to create a cheap (and easy to make) 1911 from sheet metal. These pistols have been used in the Vietnam war, and this particular one has been brought back to US, by a member of our Forums Site, Johnny Peppers, whom I have to thank for these pictures…It’s amazing that people fired those pistols and lived to describe their experience!”
 
http://www.m1911.org/full_models.htm
(scroll down, it’s the second segment posted)
 
All I could say was “WOW!” when I saw this!

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Posted about that on gunbroker.  There is no way even new I would pull the trigger.  The old ugly as sin Liberators would be safer.

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It’d probably be safer to hold the bullet ‘tween the thumb and forefinger while striking with a hammer!!!
 
I am just amazed at the ingenuity of some of the more motivated natives!

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 never knew the germans produced these, yes thru norway

These are Nazi produced pistols of the 1941-42 (top) and 1945 era.
Possible production place is Norway. The lower gun has the Waffenamt
stamp on it. A noticable difference on these guns, is the slide stop,
which has a protrusion to facilitate its operation.<br clear=“left”>


Here is some information about these Norwegian pistols, send to me by
Haken Hveem, a visitor of this site:


These guns are a pair of Kongsberg Colts.
The Kongsberg Colt (Also Kongsberg Colten) is a name used for Colt M1911
pistols produced under license by the Norwegian factory Kongsberg
Vaapenfabrikk.


The production at Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk in Norway started in 1916 and
95 pistols were finished in 1917 and wrongly stamped “COLT AUT. PISTOL
M/1912” These pistols were identical to the Colt M1911 except for a
minor detail on the hammer checkering. 100 pistols were ordered, but 5
were rejected during production. The serial range was from 1 to 95.
Number 1 is in Bady’s book ” Government Models” and number 2 was stolen
from the The Norwegian Armed Forces Museum in 1978.


Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk was ready to start mass production in 1919 and
some new changes were made. The slide-stop was extended down and back to
make it easier to operate. This change required a cut-out in the left
stock. The new version had the left side of the slide stamped “11.25 m/m
AUT. PISTOL M/1914.” that was correct as the approbation of the gun was
in 1914. Production went on, but from 1929 to 1939 the production was
very low, only 871 were made (approx 20,000 pieces were made before
1940).


During the German occupation of Norway (1940-1945), manufacture of the
pistol, given the designation Pistole 657(n), was continued under German
control. The Waffenamt acceptance mark (WaA84) was added in 1945 and
only those 920 pistols produced that year were ever Waffenamt-marked.
Its not likely that any of these Waffenamt-marked pistols ever saw any
action during World War II as the first one, serial# 29615, was
delivered March 29, 1945 and the last one, serial# 30534, was delivered
in May 1945 just before liberation of Norway. Approximately 8200 pistols
were made during German occupation. All of them were delivered to AOK
Norwegen (Army) except the 700 that were delivered to Maza Norwegen
(Navy).


Occupation production:


1940 = approx. 50 pistols

1941 = approx. 4099 pistols

1942 = 3154 pistols

1945 = 920 pistols

There was no pistol delivered in 1943 & 1944


Production ended in 1947 and 32854 pistols were made in total.


All the original parts was stamped with the serial number of the pistol.
When the serial number was getting to long, it was shortened with a . in
the beginning. An example is .2011.


Here is a picture of a Norwegian 1911.

http://www.m1911.org/images/norwegian.jpg

 

 
 
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