SOLD FOR: $1375.69
Model: Lahti Pistol Model M40
Serial Number: 50225
Year of Manufacture: 1941-1946
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the grip frame is marked “50225”. The left side of the barrel extension is marked “HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS A. B. / 50225”. The top rear of the frame is marked with a crowned “S.S.” inspection mark. The top-rear of the bolt is marked with a crown inspection mark. The crown inspection mark is also on the right of the barrel extension in front of the ejection port, the top of the barrel at the rear, the takedown lever, and the right of the trigger. There is no serial marking on the bolt.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a vertical rear face that is dovetailed into 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 reddish-brown checkered plastic with a crowned Husqvarna logo on both sides. The grips have a few light nicks and handling marks, but no notable damage. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: The finish is Original to the parts, the lack of serial marking on the bolt may indicate that the bolt is a replacement part.
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with well defined rifling. There is some scattered light erosion in the bore, mostly at the muzzle-end.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 92% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. Most of the balance is in handling wear in the grip areas. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, mostly along the right side. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a dark brown leather flap-holster, magazine load assist, cleaning rod, and a total of two 8-round magazines. The holster is marked “MADE IN SWEDEN” and with a crowned “HV” on the flap. The holster shows moderate wear with scattered scuffing, verdigris at metal fixtures and intact stitching. The magazines have operational wear, infrequent minor surface oxidation, intact feed lips and strong springs.
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. Husqvarna began production in 1941 after acquiring a license from the Finns, and produced a total run of about 80,000 pistols. This pistol is one of the 60,000 or so produced for the Swedish armed forces. The pistol is from later production, but still has an accelerator, a design feature that was later dropped from this model. It is in Very Good-plus overall condition with about 92% of its original finish remaining, showing wear consistent with handling and holster use. The bolt lacks a serial marking which may indicate that it has been replaced. The pistol also comes with a nice assortment of accessories. This pistol should have interest by military arms collectors, especially collectors of Swedish firearms. Please see our photos and good luck!