I picked up this minty Norweign Police Issued late war CZ27 from a auction here recently. I have never seen one of these pop up in some time so I could not help myself.
Indeed it is. I've seen MAB Ds, French 1935-As, Kriegsmarine pistols, seemingly a disproportional large amount of CZ-27s, and a plethora of others committed to the Norwegian police forces. They pretty much took in anything that was left behind. I think I even saw a commercial Melior pistol once.Saw a Norwegian Police Steyr-Pieper in a shop in Suffolk Virginia many years ago, amazing what they repurposed
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Very nice write up. Thanks for sharing!OP, here is some information you may find interesting. It is from a blog I wrote for our website
May 8, 1945 - The 400,000 soldier German garrison in Norway surrendered their weapons to the Norwegians and Allies. While much of the war equipment was reportedly destroyed immediately post-war, a large quantity was retained by the Norwegian military, including K98k rifles, MP.38 and MP.40 machine pistols, P.08 and P.38 9 mm pistols, and a wide variety of 7.65 mm pistols.
About 1950, a government decision was made that the 7.65 mm pistols would be used by the Police. From the early 1950s, to as late as 1960, the government arms factory at Kongsberg assessed the 7.65 mm pistols and marked them for Police use. It is reported that only top condition pistols were retained and others scrapped. The most commonly remarked pistols were the Browning M1922, CZ27, Mauser 1914/1934, and Mauser HSc.
The pistols were marked in batches of numbers by model. CZ27s, were marked consecutively from numbers 3001 to 4004. Kongsberg kept good records, so the ranges of any particular model of pistol and the number reworked is well documented.
Here are a consecutive pair of CZ27s. These two German‑proofed CZ27s were manufactured about a year apart at Strakonice but found themselves next to each other at Kongsberg and have consecutive police numbers 3158 (front) and 3159 (back). CZ27s were among the most common surrendered 7.65 mm pistols.
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Here's an FN 1900 Norwegian Police. Only 114 of these were put into use in Norway. Only a couple of hundred FN 1910s on the list of Norwegian 7.65mm that I have. Rare, but not impossible.I always wanted an FN 1910 so marked. I'm probably looking for a unicorn. Dan