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Thread: Lahti/Husqvarna m/40 Post War Serial # Question

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    Default Lahti/Husqvarna m/40 Post War Serial # Question

    Fyi, I also have this same thread posted at the Swedish Militayry Forum. I've searched all over the net & have yet to find any actual list of postwar s/n lists for my Husqvarna m/40. I've narrowed it down to about 1949 for Danish export since it has Husqvarna etc. on the left top side of the slide. The opposite side has no markings other than "Made in Sweden" in small lettering .
    The rear has the Crown & HV below it. Grips are black checkered plastic with Swedish symbol near the tops of each.

    The s/n is D90xx which indicates it was made about 1949 by process of elimination.
    Does anyone have a link for the actual s/n lists.....or.....
    can anyone actually narrow it down by year for me?

    If so, I'd greatly appreciate the info.
    Thanks.

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    The "D" prefix was the late war order for Danish police and was used for the first 10 000 pistols. S/N are within 5000 and 15 000. As I understand it the production started in 1941 but the first pistols were only delivered in late 1942 while it ended up in 1946. If you can find an archived version the old Pettson's Place site, there was more details on there. Pettson sometimes show up here, but it makes some time I didn't see any post from him.
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    My understanding from a lot of researching online is that this is a post war version. Sweden recalled all wartime m40's in the 1990's for safety concerns from some accidents caused by their slides & earlier usage of hot machine gun 9mm ammo. They destroyed about 50000 weapons, almost all that were made. What remains besides the earlier Finn Lahti L35's & some other Husky's sold to other countries such as Israel are the 10000-13000 made after WW2. I think their s/n's began with about #5000 in latter 1945 on through the mid or early 1950's. Those made for the Danes have the D prefix like mine. Some were for the Danish police post war & have additional stamping on the right side. Mine does not & was therefore most likely made for Denmark but not made for the Danish police. I am very certain mine with it's D90xx s/n is from 1949 or very close to that year. I cannot say each successive year post war began with the next thousand number in the s/n. In other words, 5000+ in 1945, 6000+ in 1946, 7000+ in 1947 & so on. That could be but it's simply a guess on my part that I have not seen in writing anywhere. But it just might be that is the way they numbered them. I don't know.

    Others I have seen that have been identified by their owners as made in a given year seem to put my 90xx number in a bracket around 1949. If you have any other definitive info, please let me know. I looked into all the posts in this forum I could find by Pettson Place & did not find anything on the Husqvarna m/42. I found about 22 posts going back to about 2007 by him. I'll see if I can google him elsewhere to see if he's ut any other info up online. Thanks.
    Last edited by frontseat767; 04-21-2013 at 02:42 PM. Reason: minor correction

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