|THE GERMAN PRODUCTION AT KONGSBERG ARMOURY|
|During operation Weserubung and the
invasion of Norway 9th of april 1940 the Kongsberg armoury was unable to
supply the Norwegian troops fighting against the wehrmacht. The factory
stopped all its production in may. Th germans soon occupied the factory.
Their first interest was the production of the swedish Bofors 40mm
cannon. This cannon is still in use onboard Norwegian navy vessels. Th
Falkland war proved that the age of the anti aircraft cannon was not
over. They were effective against incoming Argentine missiles. About 200
cannons left the factory during the entire war.
Picture left showing two wartime manufactured handguns and a wartime bayonet produced at Kongsberg. The M1914 below is a 1945 production and have the 'Waa84' stamp. The bayonets were produced in large numbers during the war and used by the norwegian 'Hird' and by german forces in Norway.
|The production of the norwegian M1914
colt started in 1941. About 8260 pistols were delivered in totl during
the war. The guns used th 45 cartridge so due to supplies the weapon
were mostly used locally and by second line troops. It is rumored used
by the Kriegsmarine, but the author havent seen any documentation
stating that fact.
Picture showing the backside of two wartime production m1914 colts. The one at the left is produced in 1941 and the one on the right is a 45 poduction.
|The two pictures above shows 1945 prodused M1914 colt, the total production of the 'Waa' colt was 927.|
|Picture showing the year of manufacture on the 1945 colt.|
|The waffenamt acceptance stamp on the left side of the pistol together with the calibre 11,25 mm wich is the same as 45 acp.|
|Picture showing the markings on the left side of the pistol.The waa weapon does not show any norwegian acceptance stamps.|
|Picture showing the Kongsberg armoury wartime 'K' marking|
|Picture showing the handgrip of the
M1914 entirely made of wood. The picture below shows the same Kongsberg
production 'K' on a wartime produced bayonet for the M1894 Krag
Jørgensen Rifle. This rifle was also produced by the germans and Waa
markings exist. The M1894 had the german name Gewehr 212(N).
Note that the Waa M1914 has no ring at the end of the grip. Se the picture below of the 1941 nproduction showing this ring.
|Magazines for the M1914 colt. Differs from the 1911 by the rings below. These are fully interchangeable with the 1911 colt.|
|The 1941 produced colt, there is also a 1942 production. The production of the M914 stopped in 1942 and was started again in 1945. Probably due to the extensive loss of arms during the retreat on the eastern front.|
|The year of manufacture on the M1914 colt. Note that the Kongsberg approval stamp is present.|
|Picture showing the Kongsberg factory marking, note that it differs from the markings mentioned above.|
|No Waa here. Picture showing the marking on the left side of the 1941 produced M1914|
|If you consider buying a M1914 (or another pistol for tht matter) here is a hint to see if the weapon has been reblued. If there is no wear on the bluening were the bullet is fed from the mag to the chamber, the weapon is probably been reblued.|