By Dietrich Apel
Identification of Gun Makers, Models and Calibers
Before you ask for help in identification of your German hunting guns, please take the time to first find answers in this Web-site. To find specific information enter a name or a key word into the window above. Gun makers or dealers are listed alphabetical order in Section 5.
If you need additional help, the following persons listed below have kindly agreed to help, but it is important that you give them the information that allows them to give you a good answer. Please be considerate and don’t take advantage of too much of their time.
Send inquires only to one person at a time and wait for an answer before you ask others!
On many German hunting guns the name found on the top rib or on top of the barrels is not always that of the maker, but the name of the dealer who sold the gun. A few good close-up photos of the action from all sides and the markings on the outside and mostly those under the barrels might make accurate identification possible. A few good photos are better than many poor ones. Please attach individual photos to the e-mail so they can be enlarged and enhanced. The photos should not be less than 200 KB so they can be enlarged, or more than 800 KB so they are not too time consuming.
For accurate identification of older rifle calibers a chamber cast must be made, especially when ammunition is no longer available. You can order the chamber casting alloy “Cerrosafe” with instructions from Brownells.com
Gunsmithing and Patents: Larry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunting Guns, Calibers, Ammunition, Mike at: email@example.com
Pre-WW 2 Hunting Guns, Wolfgang at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prussian Daly Guns (Lindner, Sauer, etc) Ken at: email@example.com
J.P. Sauer & Sohn in Suhl history & hunting guns up to 1945: firstname.lastname@example.org
J.P. Sauer & Sohn in Suhl, all guns up to 1945: email@example.com
German guns, their makers, and their marks: Raimey S. Ellenburg at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germanic Guns of all ages: email@example.com
If information is not found above or in the Web-site you may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to share the knowledge you have acquired about a certain gun maker, dealer or subject and want to be added to this listing, please get in touch with us. Not only will you help others but also get more information and photography.