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Sauer & Sohn 38H
Calibre 7.65mm
Serial No:414309

Price: £425

A Genuine WW2 German Wehrmacht Issued Pistol

The Sauer 38H or often just H was a small semi-automatic pistol made in Nazi Germany from 1938 until just after the end of World War II
by J. P. Sauer & Sohn, then based in Suhl, Germany.
The "H" in the model number is short for "hahn", referring to the internal hammer of the firing mechanism.

Sauer developed the model 38H from their earlier semi-automatic handguns. It was necessary to compete with companies such as Mauser and Walther in the commercial market. However, with the outbreak of the war, most pistols went to various German Miliary Forces & Police Agencies.

Other features included a traditional double-action trigger, single-column magazine and an action spring surrounding a fixed barrel.
A revolutionary feature was the use of a lever that either cocked or decocked (dropped the hammer) safely. This is the first and only handguns to ever have this type device located on the left side below the slide, just forward of the grip). The hammer on the Sauer 38H could be lowered for safe carry at any time. The cocking feature was necessary due to the shrouded hammer and the decocking mechanism was a safety feature. A hollow space on the trigger indicated if the concealed hammer was cocked; if completely exposed, the hammer was lowered. A small pin protruded at the rear of the slide as a loaded chamber indicator.


This is a 3rd Wehrmachts-Variation with military-finish and Waffenamt (Eagle) 37 acceptance mark and manual safety-lever.

The 3rd Variation only has a 1 line legend on the left side of the frame; approx. 30,000 pistols of this variation were manufactured.

The Frame, barrel & Slide all have Nazi period Nitro proofs (Eagle over the N)

The grips are checkered black Bakelite with "SuS"-Logo on left side.

Excellent Condition

Authorisation requirements: Section 5 or FAC Section 7.3

Can be Deactivated to Order