11/14/17 - This 1940 Luger was brought back to the US from Italy by 2nd Lt. Harry Kaback. The gun is all original and has the rare, reddish Krieghoff grips on it. The book on Mauser Lugers indicates that a very small set of 1940 lugers have these grips on them from the factory. It is assumed that they experimented with the HK grips as an option before they started making their own black plastic grips. Page 210 of the book indicates that these grips are found in the Y block of 1940/42 code lugers, same as this gun. The guns original finish is about 85% and it is all matching except for the magazine. Bore is frosted throughout but has nice rifling. In addition, the gun comes with a capture document and a photo of the GI who brought it home. You can see on his collar that he was an MD. The back of the photos states the following (not in this order) "Italy, 12/7/43. To my darling from a handsome guy in an ugly sort of way. Now you can see what has happened to me. Ain't I purty. Cus yo. Manny Yokum. You can't see my gray hair." Other research indicates that Harry served in the 5th Army from 1941 to 1945 in Africa and Italy, and served for the duration. Excellent piece of GI history.