It was the most widely produced and distributed clandestine
weapon of all time yet virtually none survive. Now, the nearly impossible
hole in every WWII military pistol collection has finally been filled
by VINTAGE ORDNANCE CO. LLC. For the first time collectors can own a
superbly precise reproduction complete with packaging & instructions, for a
fraction of the $2500-$5000 cost of the ultra-rare original. (It is
estimated that fewer than 300 boxes survive making them even rarer than the
pistol itself.) Our replica is copied from the original plans and
corrected against the actual pistols. The existing plans are not correct and
this is not uncommon with wartime designed materiel. Inconsistencies
between the finished product and the plans are typically due to the urgency of
production. Often design adjustments were made on the factory floor and
never recorded on the drawings.
Our reproduction has a rifled barrel and discrete markings to comply with Federal law and hopefully prevent it from being unscrupulously sold as an original antique. We mark the serial number on the front of the grip frame and our company information, model and caliber designation on the underside of the barrel behind the trigger guard. All characters are the minimum 1/16” high. Not readily apparent are the superior quality steels, heat treating and tighter tolerances of our reproduction. We have crafted the barrel, tube strap (breech ring) and cover slide (breech block) out of 1050 medium carbon cold rolled steel for greater strength. We have tightened the chamber tolerances to meet commercial standards and address the terrible headspace problems of the original guns that allowed them to batter themselves apart under repeated firing. Our zinc cocking piece is cast from a denser alloy than the original for greater strength. Throughout we used close tolerance strip steels instead of cheaper commercial quality steel to insure the parts stayed as close as possible to the original specifications.