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    Quote Originally Posted by HK12Step View Post
    Awesome and congrats Lucky! Always a great day when a new HK comes home. The BH is your date code B=1 H=7, 2017. The stag horn is the proof mark from the proof house in Ulm, Germany. The DE is for Deutschland, not Delaware. The CIP N (used to be an eagle over the N but I think that changed in 2014) is another proof mark referencing “Commission Internationale Permanente” a standardized European proof mark I believe. I’m sure someone can correct me if I’m mistaken, and there is quite a bit of info on the markings posted if you care to search further. Enjoy your pistol!
    Thanks I am interested in knowing where it was made but DE for Germany seems to be right. I am planning a range day next week.

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    In addition to the marks, it says "Made in Germany" on the frame -

    The Columbus GA mark by the serial plate is for the importer. All the proof marks on the frame are German and matching the frame so it is a German pistol. The DE, CIP, and stag horn are not present on US made models (US proof mark is a bell with a P in it, symbolizing Philly)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricky_bobby View Post
    In addition to the marks, it says "Made in Germany" on the frame -

    The Columbus GA mark by the serial plate is for the importer. All the proof marks on the frame are German and matching the frame so it is a German pistol. The DE, CIP, and stag horn are not present on US made models (US proof mark is a bell with a P in it, symbolizing Philly)
    Thanks, I am extremely excited to shoot this thing.

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    So can I take this thing to the range or do I need to take it apart and clean it before shooting?

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    So I guess the DE means it is USA made, I am happy with it either way and I will have the 1st range trip on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky_lefty View Post
    So I guess the DE means it is USA made, I am happy with it either way and I will have the 1st range trip on Saturday.
    Nope, German made.
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    ^And nowadays it is rare as well - they are back to USA production again on the new models, enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricky_bobby View Post
    (US proof mark is a bell with a P in it, symbolizing Philly)
    It is actually the dome of the New Hampshire State House in Concord (capital city of New Hampshire) where the HK45/HK45C frames were produced, and the P means its proofing was done in the U.S.

    I wonder if the new US-made HK45/HK45C would have the golden Georgia Capitol dome on them LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooSixy View Post
    It is actually the dome of the New Hampshire State House in Concord (capital city of New Hampshire) where the HK45/HK45C frames were produced, and the P means its proofing was done in the U.S.

    I wonder if the new US-made HK45/HK45C would have the golden Georgia Capitol dome on them LOL

    I learn something everyday Pete - thank you! I have never seen the US proof mark in person but I always thought it looked like a miniature bell -

    Personally I think my US proof mark makes more sense as the birthplace of liberty LMAO

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    Congrats on your first HK! You picked a good one! The 45C is one of the softest shooting .45's I've ever owned. I no longer have mine because I just never warmed up to the grips...always felt that P30/HK45 style grips would have been a big improvement. Hope you enjoy yours!
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