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Old 12-28-2007, 05:28 PM  
 
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I am a new member and have a question about a hi-power I own. The front strap has the letters LGKT with the number 0718 below it and the two mags are also stamped with the same thing. The serial number of the pistol is 74xx. what does the front strap stampings mean? Thanks
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The letters identify your gun as formerly belonging to the Osterreicher (Austrian) Landes Gendarmerie. That is what the 'LG' stands for. the 'KT' identifies the jurisdiction (district or province). The numbers are the 'rack number' for the particular gun.



Think of it as telling you that your gun has 'history'.
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:06 PM  
 
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Thank you for the info, I guess that would be the Austrian police as oposed to the army. Any idea how old it is? Thanks
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I think that the 74 in the front of the serial numbers means it was made in 74. I'm not sure though my 70C and my 73C make me lean in that direction. Does yours have a ''C'' after the numbers?
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There are no letters omly a 4 digit number and it has the internal extractor like a 1911. Thanks
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Early 1950s, or late 1948-49 at the very earliest.
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:51 AM  
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Just to add a little to the foregoing reply. Like many HP's produced to fill a contract, the Austrian police contract had it's own numerical sequence. Hence, your pistol was number seventy four hundred and some in that contract run--assuming they started with # 1. The LGK_ numbers were added by the Austrians to further identify the Province they were assigned to, along with the mags. Regards, G>M>F>
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:)Thanks for the info :)
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Just to add a little to the foregoing reply. Like many HP's produced to fill a contract, the Austrian police contract had it's own numerical sequence. Hence, your pistol was number seventy four hundred and some in that contract run--assuming they started with # 1. The LGK_ numbers were added by the Austrians to further identify the Province they were assigned to, along with the mags. Regards, G>M>F>


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I have seen a few WWII German Hi-Powers that were refinished and had the Austrian police markings. Some of these were in the initial group that was imported by the Old Sacramento Armory.



Also, I have a Hi-Power with the serial number of E.08908 with Austrian police markings of
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I always step aside when CPW speaks. With his evidence in hand, it seems that the Austrian police marked pistols weren't just a special contract run, as I thought. Also, if there are 5 digit serial #'s so marked then they probably were interspersed within regular production ?? (I have Ser # 290 & #5264).

The WW II ones & especially the "E" prefix serial # (first I have heard of that!) make me now think that " purchases were from whatever was available" as Charles suggests. Thanks once again for your input, CPW

I remain too soon oldt und too late schmardt ::) Regards, G>M>F>
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