Germany 1890-1945

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German proof marks

1891-1945

No

Mark

Valid

Proof

1

1891-1912

Gun in stock after the proof laws was adopted

2

1891-1939

First preliminary proof of a unfinished barrel

3

1939-1945

First preliminary proof of a unfinished barrel (material proof)

4

1891-1939

Primary black powder proof, only on barrels round area - not on barrel flat.

Second or final black powder proof, valid such only with a crowned U. Otherwise it means “tested but not viewed after test”

5

1939-1945

Second or final black powder proof, valid only with a crowned U. After 1939 only applied to guns where no semismokeless ammunition was available on the open market.

6

1891-1939

Crowned U with crown represents “Untersuchung” equals “view”.

In some cases U with eagle. The difference between crown and eagle is not known.

Definitive proof and definitive proof on guns in final state together with crowned B (8).

Was replaced 1912 by no 17 for Nitro proof, but was still valid until 1939 as final black powder proof.

7

1891-1939

Proof for revolvers and muzzle loading pistols. Crowned U must be present.

8

1891-1939

Definitive proof of guns in finished state.

9

1891-1945

Proof of smoothbore barrels

10

1891-1945

Proof on choked barrel

11

1891-1945

Proof on rifled “Gezogen” barrel

12

1891-1945

Proof on a choked and rifled barrel

13

1891-1945

Proof on a Express rifle

14

1891-1945

Gauge on breech loading guns

15

1891-1945

Caliber in rifled barrels

16

1891-1945

Reproof

17

1912-1939

Nitro proof or semi smokeless powder

18

1939-1945

Nitro proof or semi smokeless powder

19

1891-1912

Nitroproof for rifled barrels

Stahl Mantel Geschoss (Steel Jacked Bullet)

20

1912-1939

Nitroproof for rifled barrels, for steel jacked bullet

21

1912-1939

Nitroproof for rifled barrels, for copper jacked bullet.

KmG = Kupfermantelgeschoss (Copper Jacked Bullet).

22

1912-1939

Nitroproof for rifled barrels, for steel lead bullet

23

1939(?)-1945

Suhl proofhouse mark

24

Heart with fir tree
or
a Z and M together

1939(?)-1945

Zella-Mehlis proof house mark

25

1939(?)-1945

Oberndorf a. N. proof house

26

1939-1945

Ferlach proof house

27


or

1939-1945

Weipert proof house

28

1939(?)-1945

Vienna proof house

29

730
7.30

or
7/30

1922-1939

Date mark, in this case July 1930. Can be used from 1912 but was not a legal demand before 1922.

 

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