P.35 pistol serial# explanation please

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by rhj, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. rhj

    rhj New Member

    May 7, 2008
    I want to buy a radom pistol. I have read about production and a search on this forum was very helpful but I am confused about the serial #s. Is there actually a " 1/E8001...2/h8900" (examples)? I have not seen such a prefix.
    I have seen "E8001' for example but never a 1/ or 2/ preceding the alphabet number.
    Sorry for the ignorance. Thank you.
    Have a happy new year.
  2. sjb2000k

    sjb2000k New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I have not seen any documented cases of serial numbers with a number preceeding an alpha character.

    that said the known serial number patterns are -

    polish (pre-war)

    - no alpha characters -

    german (captured parts and regular production)

    - 10 to (some references say) 12 thousand - no alpha characters - just numbers


    alpha characters (except to my knowledge I, O , Q and X) from A to Z and then A to K (some references imply existance of L - could be April ? 45 ).

    What made you ask this question?
  3. sjb2000k

    sjb2000k New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I think I have came across the same thread you did. On "The German Military Forum" there is a thread where the site moderator "Vis35" is answering a Serial Number question from one of the mebers. And he is referring to the :

    "..1/alpha#### = first alphabet serial numbering; 2/alpha#### = second alphabet serial numbering........."

    this is copy/paste from his response - hope this is not against the rules here.

    He is referring to the first run of the aplhabet - A > Z excluding I O Q V X Y

    and second run A>K (possibly L)
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