Serial Number: 201962
Year of Manufacture: 1919-1924
Caliber: 7.65mm/.32 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “Deutche Werk Werk Erfurt”, and the right side “Ortgies’s Patent”. The barrel visible through the ejection port is marked “Cal. 7,65m/”. There are crown over “N” proof marks on the barrel, the slide and the right side of the frame. The bottom of the frame at the front ahead of the trigger guard is marked “201962 / Germany”. The magazine bottom shows the Ortgies logo and “Cal 7,65”. Holster markings are shown below in the “accessories” section.
Barrel Length: 3 ½”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a fixed front blade and a raised fixed rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood with the Ortgies logo. The right grip is are not held tightly to the frame and has fallen out a few times. this is from wear on the inside of the panel, though this is repairable. There is handling wear and some minor surface marks but there are no cracks or losses. The grips rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no apparent erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 60% of its metal finish. There are several deep unexplained dings in the slide; at the muzzle on the left and further rear on the top. There is thinning near the muzzle and wear on the high edges, likely from holster use. The front and rear grips straps shows wear and discoloration. The backstrap has had numbers stamped and obliterated with electric pencil. This was done by someone who put their number on it and then made them unreadable. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A Waffenampt cloth and leather holster marked “jsd / 1941” / and eagle over “7” is provided. The leather is in Good overall condition with a good hinge. The stitching is strong. The flap has some scuffing and the hold down strap shows much wear but is not torn. The inside of the flap is marked in ink “NU??ur Pistole 37M (UNG.) Kal. 7.65mm”. The cloth shows wear but has no tears.
Our Assessment: The Ortgies was a favorite pistol in German and North America. It was relatively inexpensive and yet of high German quality. It is a well balanced pocket pistol in a manageable caliber, .32 ACP. This will make a good home defense gun.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R Semi-Auto pistol can be transferred in California and can be transferred as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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