Disclaimer: I am not normally a person who deals with weapons, and my knowledge is limited. My research on this pistol was based in part on some info gathered here and on the rest of the internet.
As part of my dad's estate, I've found what appears to be a Double action .22 cal short German hand pistol. Serial# 132515
Description of the weapon:
It appears to be made by Gerstenberger & Eberwein Manufacturer in Gussenstadt, West Germany.
Located on the left side of the barrel it has a proof mark with a Eagle and N below it., as well as Cal .22 short printed further down the barrel.
Again on the left side, stamped below the hammer, on the body of the pistol, in German and in script, is the name Gerstenberger & Eberwein and then Gussenstadt below that.
Located on the left side, by the trigger under the cylinder there is the number 67 and a symbol of an antler.
Located on the right side of the barrel it has the serial number and then stamped in English Made In Germany.
Stamped in the cylinder, in script is the word GERMANY and the serial number, and is a six shot.
The handles are white plastic, with a valor insert in the grip.
The area under the grips is hollow, and has no imprints, etchings or other markings.
That it has the ejector rod, needs cleaned and appears to have some of the "bluing" or paint rubbed off the gun and that there is some pitting on the cylinder and action.
What I think I know about this weapon:
This was apparently a cheaply made "Saturday Night Special", and was imported by the VALOR company.
That these weapons were made up until the late sixties (US before 1968) until the Gun Control Act of 1968.
based on my dad's previous warnings, the thing splits lead. He did use it as a home defense weapon.
The sheriff officer who disarmed the weapon as the coroner cleared the scene, said that he felt it was a oldie, and could be very collectible.
What I don't know:
1) Is the thing legal to posses? I cannot find ownership or registration papers. (I'm not a felon, and do not have restrictions of my rights)
2) What year this weapon was made? I think there is the number 67 and a antler, I'm going to assume this means it was made in 1967?
3) Did Gerstenberger & Eberwein really make this weapon, or was it a Rohm knockoff, or MG&E spoof? How to tell?
4) I'm basing the importer on the tag in the grip of the weapon, Is it safe to assume this, again how to tell?
5) Information on the internet suggest that this weapon is of low quality, and low in price, and that even in collector status it values under 100$, would you
agree with their appraisal?
6) If I decide to sell the weapon, what paperwork am I going to have to go thru in order do to so.. I don't deal with weapons, what I know is a result of a single hours research from the Internet. I do know that if i sell to a private party, the gun could still be registered to the estate. I'm interested in dealing thru a Licensed Fire Arm dealer to make sure that the weapon is totally out of the estates name.
Again, thank you in advance for you help! Photos are included below.