Sold For: $1,275
Model: Lahti Pistol Model M40 – Designated M/40S in Denmark
Serial Number: D12088
Year of Manufacture: 1945
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the grip frame is marked “D12088”. The left side of the barrel extension is marked “HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS A B / D12088”. The top rear of the frame is marked with a crowned “HV” inspection mark, which stands for “Haerens Vapenarsenal” (Danish Army Armory). The right of the barrel extension is marked “SWEDEN” between the ejection port and barrel.
Barrel Length: 4 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a vertical rear face that is dovetailed into a banded base on the barrel. The rear sight is a flat topped “U” notch integral to the back of the barrel extension.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are black checkered plastic with a crowned Husqvarna logo on both sides. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few scattered light marks. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is a patch of scratches and scraping on the right of the grip frame above the grip. There are some other scattered minor marks. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, the finish is generally strong throughout. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a total of one blued 8 round magazine with an alloy follower. The magazine shows minor wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is an interesting looking pistol with many Luger similarities, and is a direct descendant of the Bergmann-Bayard M1910 pistol. They were designed in Finland to work reliably in extreme cold weather and to be strong enough to handle the robust German submachine gun ammo that could be picked-up on the battlefield. Husqvarna began production in 1942 after acquiring a license from the Finns, and produced a total run of about 80,000 pistols. About 13,000 pistols were sent to Denmark toward the end of the war for use by Danish exiles and the Danish police forces. 10,000 were ordered and received by the Danish Police forces in the S/N range D5001-D16000 during 1945. This pistol is one of the 10,000 received by the Danish police force. It is in about Fine overall condition with 96% of its original finish remaining. It shows a few scattered light marks, most notable some scraping on the right above the grip. The grips are checkered black plastic and show minor handling wear. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This pistol is correctly marked and in fantastic condition considering it was made in the latter days of WWII. This pistol should have high interest by WWII collectors and collectors of Swedish and/or Danish firearms. Please see our photos and good luck!
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