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It says you can ramble on about anything in this topic so I will babble on about some recent research on one of my nuggets of history. This is my Swiss Ordonannzpistolen 06/29 W+F (or Swiss Luger to us) 7.65mm Parabellum made in May 1940.The Swiss were the first country to adopt the Luger for their military in its original calibre of 7.65mm Parabellum in 1906, all initial purchases were from DWM in Germany, but WW1, Germany losing the war and the allies banning the export of weapons made the Swiss decide to produce the gun themselves under licence.In 1929 after trialling many weapons and calibres they decided to stay with the same gun and calibre as they found it the most accurate, also manufacturing the gun themselves meant they could make it to how they wanted it, but it was more expensive for them to make it themselves than buy from Germany so they set about finding ways to lower the cost and production time.The fancy wooden grips were replaced with moulded ones, the grip was made much straighter and simpler to manufacture, the knurling on the toggles, safety lever and stripping lever was done away with, only two magazines were issued instead of the previous three, and the high gloss blue finish was replaced by a matt/satin finish showing tooling marks underneath, but the higher up officers would not ditch the grip safety despite several officers saying the German P08 did not need nor have one.The gun was finally produced in 1933 it initially was fitted with red grips/mag bases, made of a brittle material called canvasite, these broke easily and in 1935 they were replaced in production by brown bakelite grips/mag bases, early pistols still fitted with their red grips/mag bases are most valuable due to their rarity.The brown grips/mag bases turned out to be expensive to make, and these were replaced in production by black plastic grips/mag bases in 1941, guns with their original brown grips/mag bases are rare also as both the red and brown gripped models were replaced with black ones when they became damaged, my newer holster dated 1944 has the correct for its period black plastic based spare mag, while the gun has its rare original brown grips/mag base.The mags were chromed on all variants and the trigger was improved over the P08, the barrel was made longer for accuracy and higher velocity, when the 9mm Parabellum version of the Luger came out it was trialed by the Swiss but they prefered the more accurate and higher velocity 7.65mm Parabellum round over damage to an enemy, the 9mm Parabellum was basically the 7.65mm Parabellum case necked out to 9mm.The fit of parts on the 06/29 Luger is superb, better than the German ones of the same era, but the blueing and finish of the metalwork was inferior due to the Swiss rushing the guns out as they were concerned about being dragged into WW2 having got wind of plans by Hitler to invade the country 'to bring this German speaking country back under German rule' and were trying to keep production costs down, also nearly all the Swiss 06/29 Lugers I examined have tiny metallurgy faults, which look like very tiny fine black lines, I thought they were cracks at first until I used a microscope on mine out of interest, there is no reported gun failures of these pistols though during my research, unlike the Swedish Husqvarna M40, which became dangerous over time due to the steel used on some guns, though I have not seen faults on any of the barrels of guns examined, wonder if these were a better steel.The Swiss Luger feels a much larger gun compared to the nazi P08 I used to own, and not just because of the longer barrel, though I reckon the German ones are much more comfortable to hold and that grip safety must of been a pain in the arse sometimes and I find it uncomfortable.The 06/29 Luger was only issued to commissioned officers and highest ranking NCO's who did well, the NCO's being issued the 82/29 Schmidt revolver, this revolver also went through the various grip material changes through its production (red/brown/black grips).Officers who had served a certain amount of time were allowed to purchase their pistol when they left the service, pistols that were bought by their owners were stamped with a medium sized letter P either on the trigger guard or either side of the frame, the P stood for Privat, meaning it was bought for private use by its new owner, commercial guns had their serial number beginning with a letter P , EG P25000 which basically meant the same thing, Privat, after the war when the guns were replaced in service and were put up for sale as surplus, they would have a letter P with the year they were sold out of service EG P57 means 1957 , stamped on them.The production figures and dates of these pistols is well documented, so you can easily date the year of manufacture from its serial, also inside the gun when stripped under the stripping lever the month and year of manufacture is there also, I never usually strip guns down but wanted to see what mine was so took the plunge, mine was stamped 5.40 (May 1940), never again will I strip this, they are a swine to get back together..Small crosses + on these guns are proof stamps and a BP stamp with the B reversed is called the BernerProbe, not a bum toy but means the gun was proofed at Bern, the final proof was by a military officer, mine is stamped with an M with an + above it, meaning its final proof was by Oberst Muhlemann , there is also a proof stamp inside the gun only of a rifle with bayonet attached which is the proof stamp for SIG who made some of the components.A rare accessory was made for them during the war of a clip on night sight, which was basically a glow in the dark tip to the pistol, in the day time this folded out of the way of the front sight.The Ordonannzpistolen 06/29 W+F production was very small, many survive though because they have not been through a war and were looked after. Only 28,000 military 06/29 Lugers were manufactured, 1,917 commercial guns were produced, compare that to 940,000+ Nazi Lugers built during the same time period This is now my rarest gun in production figures (but not surviving weapons).Here is the production figures for each year of production of the 06/29.1933: 710 pistols, serials 50011 to 507201934: 1,940 pistols, serials 50721 to 526601935: 940 pistols, serials 52661 to 536001936: 300 pistols, serials 53601 to 539001937: 1,130 pistols, serials 53901 to 550301938: 750 pistols, serials 55031 to 557801939: 1,900 pistols, serials 55781 to 576801940: 2,420 pistols, serials 57681 to 601001941: 3,200 pistols, serials 60101 to 633001942: 2,300 pistols, serials 63301 to 656001943: 4,600 pistols, serials 65601 to 702001944: 5,800 pistols, serials 70201 to 760001945: 1,730 pistols, serials 76001 to 777301946: 211 pistols, serials 77731 to 77941
Is peak oil a myth?There are lots of people who say so.The price of oil has crashed more than 50% in the last couple of years and we appear to be swimming in the stuff right now. I was looking for an article about a guy who had a car that did 250mpg in the 50s or 60s.It was a vapour engine loke the one in this article http://fuel-efficient-vehicles.org/energy-news/?page_id=968 I've not found it yet but I'll keep digging Anyway shell bought the patents and the guy who invented it was found slumped at the wheel in the desert.I'm no expert but is the push for renewables lowering demand?Are electric cars really going to replace internal combustion engines?Are we living in the future.Theres a good documentary called collapse that i will link too which is worth an hour of anyones time.You can say its the ramblings of a paranoid but I think the guy genuinely believes what hes saying. The guy is dead now apparently suicide.However in the film The Big Short about the housing bubble brad pit quotes Michael Rupert word for word in one of the scenes where he talks about storing seeds and prepping which kind of made me think.Anyway I really enjoyed the film and think you will too. This is the car shell used to get over 300mpg!!!