My father-in-law had this sitting in a drawer for years. It passed to me and I finally couldn't stand looking at it as it was. So, it went from this:
A close-up of the Waffenamts:
And with the holster I found at a gun show:
As much as I hate to touch the finish of an old war horse, I figured anything was better than the nickel-plated life it had been living. Plating war returns like this was a common practice here in the US after WWII.
I'm not sure of the history of this pistol. It has some unusual quirks. The slide and barrel have matching numbers...but the fram is not numbered as I've seen in other pictures, yet it carries the Waa140 Waffemamp on the frame.
The magazine is also not stamped with any inspection marks.
In any case, it shoots like a champ and I'm happy to have it in my collection.
Anyone here have any expertise in the WWII era Hi-Powers?