In my years of collecting, there is one area where I have been very unsuccessful, and that is in Chamber from 1945 and earlier. I have heard of German and Italian
WWI gauges, as well as many exotic post WWI and WWII vintage gauges. In my collection. I only have three German P38 gauges and no P08 gauges. I have never seen or heard of an MP40 chamber gauge, but I assume they made them since I did run across a large number of MG 08 u. 08/15 gauges. Gauges show up occasionally at cartridge meetings, but I only seem to see them when the new owner shows them to me.
Does anyone know if the Germans also produced chamber Gauges marked for the pistols manufactured under occupation like the Polish Radom and the Belgian Browning HP??
These gauges have some very interesting markings, but I have never attempted to document the meanings of the various markings. Below are my three P38 Gauges. None are dated. The two on the right appear to be a GO-NOGO set. I assume the H u K is the manufacturer (who??). The gauge of the left is quite different and i assume the banner identifies the manufacturer. What does “WH” mean.
I recently bid, unsuccessfully, on a Luger Armurors set which contained the two gauges shown below. Both are for the P08 pistol which has a slightly different chamber than he P38, but I don’t see the “step” in the Luger chamber on these gauges. The markings on these are very interesting. The NOGO gaue is clearly made by Erma in 1939 and the other gauge was made by or for the Luftwaffe in 1938. I would have loved to buy these two, but others wanted them more than I did.
If you have other German gauges from WWII or earlier please post them showing the markings.
If you have chamber gauges from other countries that date from 1945 or earlier, please start another Topic and post them also.
If you spot a 8x19mm chamber gauge for sale or trade, and are not interested in it yourself, please let me know! I’d be very greatful…