Re: How to tell a genuine nazi navy mark on a pistol?
It looks good, but the gun should also have "N" or "O" and a number on the front grip strap and on the magazine, and be in the early Navy serial range of about 545xxx-566xxx.
There is dispute, but it is probable that those guns were not contracted for and thus were not marked at the factory. If that is the case, they were just purchased out of factory stock and marked by the Navy as received, so there is no rigid serial number range. The eagle/M was done with a pantograph, the property number with stamps, making counterfeiting easy. (Someone should have had a talk with those Kriegsmarine guys about that, but they probably didn't care much about American collectors 70 years in the future.)
FWIW, the "N" and "O" stand for Nordsee and Ostsee (North Sea and Baltic), the two German Naval districts. The "O" marked pistols are much less common here both because the Ostsee fleet was smaller, and because U.S. forces didn't get into that area.
Last edited by Jim K; 07-24-2010 at 02:37 PM..