My Father was in Germany during WWll and brought back a Steyr-Hahn Pistol it has been kept in a box all this time. When my Father died in 1993 the box and the pistol were given to me. I have kept it just as it was the day he brought it home, he never fired it, I have fired one 9mm Luger round through it. I dont know much about the Pistol just what I have read.
"After the German annexation of Austria in 1938, about 60,000 pistols were re-barrelled for the standard 9mm Parabellum cartridge. These weapons can be identified by the '08' stamped on the left side of the slide and nazi eagle stamped on the frame above the trigger. The official German designation: '9mm P12(o)' ".
I post the following quesitons.
1) does anyone know why this pistol is Nickel Plated, were some plated when they were re-barrelled?
2) what does the trangle with the "O" in it mean?
3)the numbers on the slide "448n" is that the serial number and what does the "n" mean?
ANY INFORMATION WOULD HELP.
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