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I HAVE THIS OLD GUN ...
J.P. SAUER & SOHN
MODEL 1913
Gun: SelbStlade-PiStole Modell 1913
Manufacturer: J.P. Sauer & Sohn
chaMberinG: 7.65 mm Browning (.32 aCP)
Manufactured: C. 1920
condition: nra good
(modern gun StandardS)
Value: $375
J
.P. Sauer & Sohn of Suhl is the
oldest firearm manufacturer in
Germany, having been founded in
1751. The firm has produced all manner
of firearms, including self-loading
pistols starting around 1905, beginning
with the 7.65 mm Browningchambered
(.32 ACP) Roth-Sauer
repeater. This handgun, however, did
not bear the Sauer imprimatur, and
though the guns were marked with
Sauer & Sohn's name, they were not a
Sauer design. That distinction would
have to wait almost 10 years when
the company came out with the first
semi-automatic pistol devised and
produced solely by Sauer & Sohn-the
Selbstlade-Pistole Modell 1913.
This handy little .32 ACP, sevenshot
blowback, designed by Heinz
Zehner, was sturdy and compact. It
possessed a fixed barrel around which
was coiled the gun's recoil spring. The
slide contained a clever separate firing
mechanism. To access the works, a
80
large textured cocking knob, secured
initially by a small detent and later by
the pistol's spring-loaded rear sight,
was unscrewed. This allowed the
breechblock to be extracted and the
slide removed forward off the frame.
The gun was striker-fired, the
striker spring being held in position
by a projection on the inside,
center of the cocking knob. The
magazine was secured by a heel
catch, which was pushed forward
to release it. Early versions had a
magazine-safety button that locked
their mechanisms when the magazines
were removed; this feature
was soon considered to be superfluous
and was eliminated.
A traditional-style safety catch was
mounted on the left side of the frame
just behind the trigger. Initially, it
only secured the trigger. Considered
insufficient, a sear-blocking arrangement
was added to later variants.
Usual 1913s were marked on
the top of their slides with Sauer &
Sohn's name and city of origin, along
with a small image of the company's
logo of a wild man with a club. The
cartridge designation was stamped
on the right, rear of the slide and
the word " PATENT " on the left. Some
1913s will also be seen with the
name and address in English, presumably
on guns intended for export.
The pistols could be had with either
blued (the most common) or nickelplated
finishes.
Stocks were of checkered hard rubber
and, depending on when the gun
was made, were either emblazoned
with a simple " S&S " at their tops, an
intertwined " S&S " in Gothic script
within a large vertical oval or, finally,
with " SAUER " and " Cal 7.65. "
At first intended solely for the civilian
market, with the advent of World
War I, some 10,000 Model 1913s were
procured by the German military. These
will be found with acceptance proofmarks,
as well as a standard crowned
" N " commercial nitro proof. Such guns
were normally reserved for officers.
Circa 1925, the semi-automatic was
given something of a facelift with a
slight alteration in the slide shape and
other cosmetic features. As nice a little
pistol as it was, production of the Sauer
ceased in 1931, having fallen victim
to newer advanced designs such as the
Walther PP. By the time of its demise,
some 175,000 1913s had been built.
The example we're looking at here
was made post-World War I. While it
is complete and fully functional, the
original blued finish is a bit thin, so
it can only be rated as " NRA Good "
(Modern Gun Standards). As such, the
value is reckoned to be $375.
-Garry James, ContributinG editor
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