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Fine WWII Mauser S/42 Luger c. 1936

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Fine German 1936 Mauser S/42 Luger

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This is a fine condition and all matching Mauser 1936 dated, S/42 Code Luger Pistol, serial number 9211k. The year 1936 was a busy one for Germany and for Mauser. By 1936, Germany was well into its rearmament following the Nazi Party’s rise to power and the subsequent repudiation of the Versailles Treaty. Hitler’s rearmament was sufficient that year to occupy the Rhineland and to begin actively planning the occupation of the Sudetenland, Austria and combat operations against France, the Low Countries and Great Britain. Hitler’s confidence in flouting the restrictions of the Versailles Treaty was such that for the first time Mauser did not attempt to hide the manufacture year with a code. In 1935, Mauser used the “G” code stamped over the chamber. 1936 was the first year that the year was prominently stamped over the chamber.

The earliest known 1936 Mauser Luger is 5435f and the highest known is serial number 6143p. Based on these numbers, only 84,958 1936 S/42 Lugers were manufactured. Nearly all of the 1936 production was scheduled for distribution to the German Army with a small distribution to the German Navy and Prussian Police and no known distribution to the Luftwaffe. This particular Luger, serial number 92116, was probably manufactured in June or July 1936.

The year 1936 was a time of manufacturing changes at Mauser. The finish applied to 1936 Mauser Lugers was of a very fine quality. The 1936 Luger was the last production Luger pistol that was totally finished with the time-consuming “rust blue” process. Mauser also began to reduce the amount of polishing on the interior surfaces of the pistol and, by 1937, interior polishing was completely eliminated. This was also the last full year when small parts were straw finished, with smaller parts becoming blued beginning in 1937. 1936 was also the last year that the drooped eagle 63 stamp was used. Beginning in 1937, the stick eagle 63 stamp was adopted. This was also the last full year for Inspector number 63, which would be eliminated around the a- and b- suffix mark in 1937 when a new inspector, number 83, appeared.

The year 1936 was also the last full year of production without the hump at the top, rear of the frame. During 1937, Mauser transitioned to the reinforced frame with the hump and a dimple at the top of the stock lug rail.

The Frame on this 1936-S/42 Mauser Luger is the original Mauser type frame without the Mauser “hump” on the back. The Frame exhibits the vast majority of its salt blue finish with minimal wear noted on the high points. Approximately 65% of the original finish on the front and rear grip straps remains with the balance thinning or exhibiting a slight pewter patina. The trigger guard bow retains 90% of the original blue finish with wear noted on the high points. The Safety Bar has the partial matching serial number “11” on the top portion and it remains in the white. The Safety Lever retains 90% of the original straw finish. The top portion of the Safety Lever has the matching partial serial number “11.” The left side of the frame under the safety lever has the correct “GESICHERT” stamp that remains outlined in its original white paint.

The Mainspring remains in the white and the Mainspring Guide retains the majority of its original blued finish on the top and bottom ends. The full serial number “9211/k” is crisply stamped on the Frame nose. The Toggle Hold Open Device is in very fine condition. The rear arm has the matching partial serial number “11” and it retains 98% plus of the original blue finish. The front spring remains in the white.

The left, rear side of the frame, below the grip panel, has a sans serif “S” assembly/inspection stamp. The right, rear side of the frame, below the grip panel, has a serif “M” assembly/inspection stamp. The front, inside portion of the frame has numerous inspection and assembly stamps, including a sans serif “N,” a sans serif “O” and serif “V.” The front and rear walls of the magazine well remain polished to the white with minimal abrasive wear from inserting and removing the magazine. The bullet ramp is correctly polished to the white.

The Trigger retains 95% of its original straw finish. The matching partial serial number “11” is stamped on the top, left side. The Trigger Spring remains in the white. The Magazine Catch retains 90% of the original straw finish on both the checkered and smooth sides and there is very little flattening or wear to the checkered face. The catch is correctly unnumbered. The Magazine Catch Spring retains 99% of its original blue finish and the catch works perfectly.

The Locking Bolt or Takedown Lever retains 98% of its original straw finish. The front face of the lever arm has the matching partial serial number “11.” There is minimal wear on the diamond points on the Bolt’s thumb catch.

The original 4” Barrel retains 90% plus of the original rust blue finish with minor wear noted on the high points and at the muzzle. There are a few small scratches on the barrel. The original Front Sight is present and retains the majority of its original blued finish. The Front Sight has the correct witness mark that aligns with the sight base where it was staked when it was first zeroed at the Mauser factory. The rear, left side of the Barrel has the correct droop eagle/63 acceptance mark. The right, rear side of the barrel has the correct, early 2nd Type Weimar-style test proof stamp. The bore is in fine condition with a mirror bore, strong rifling and only slight frosting in the grooves.

The muzzle crown is unmarred but has considerable wear, probably from original holster wear during wartime use. The bottom, rear of the Barrel has the serial number “9921,” with the bore diameter stamp, “8,82.” The bottom of the barrel has a witness mark that aligns with the corresponding witness mark on the bottom of the Receiver. Just to the rear of these witness marks are several inspection/assembly marks, including a sans serif “F” stamp. The Breach portion of the barrel remains in the white. The breech face retains the majority of the original rust blue finish with the ramp portion polished to the white.

The Receiver retains 95% of the original blue finish with wear noted on friction points and on some of the sharp edges. The left side of the Receiver has the full serial number “9211,” stamped just forward of the Sear Bar. The Sear Bar has the matching partial serial number “11” stamped on the rear portion. The Sear Bar Spring retains the majority of its original fire tempered blued finish. The right side of the Receiver has the standard two droop eagle/63 acceptance stamps followed by the correct 2nd Type eagle test fire proof. The Ejector retains 95% of the original blue finish on the interior portion. The external, spring portion of the ejector retains 95% of the original straw finish. The top of the receiver has the crisp “1936” chamber date. As noted, the Receiver retains the vast majority of the original rust blue finish and is in very fine condition.

The Breechblock retains 95% of the original rust blue finish and has the matching partial serial number “11” below the correct, 2nd Type test proof eagle. The Breech face exhibits minimal wear from firing. The Extractor has the correctly polished nose but the rest of the extractor exhibits the vast majority of the original blue finish. The top of the extractor has the matching partial serial number “11.” The left side of the Extractor, which is correctly in the white, has the “GELADEN” or loaded stamp. The rear face of the breechblock has the assembly number “K” still crisply stamped.

The rear of the Center Toggle Link has the matching partial serial number “11” stamped perpendicular to the barrel. The sans serif “S/42” stamp is still crisp. The bottom of the Center Toggle Link has a “5” and “U” assembly stamps. The Center Toggle Link retains 95% plus of the original blued finish. The Rear Toggle Link has the matching partial serial number “11” on the back ramp and it retains 95% of the original blued finish. The bottom of the Rear Toggle Link has a stylized “S” and a “3” assembly stamps. The Coupling Link remains correctly in the white. The Rear Toggle Pin or “Axle” has the matching partial serial number “11” on the large end and it retains the majority of the original blued finish on both ends with normal wear along the axis of the pin itself.

The Firing Pin is the correct grooved type and it has the matching partial serial number “11” stamp on the barrel and it remains in the white. The Firing Pin Spring has 19 coils and remains in the white. The Firing Pin Spring Retainer remains in the white and is also in very fine condition with no wear to the single-slot.

The Side Plate has the matching partial serial number “11” on the front. The Side Plate retains 90% plus of the original blue finish with wear over the high points of the hump. The interior side of the Side Plate has the correct control number “5” stamp. The Sear Lever remains in the white and works perfectly. The Sear Lever Pin retains virtually all of its original rust blue finish.

The original and matching Walnut Grips are in very fine condition with minor wear and flattening of the diamonds from use. These two grips are correctly not serial numbered as most 1936 Lugers did not have serial numbered grip panels. There are no cracks or chips noted in either panel and both remain tight to the frame when installed. Both convex, single-slot Grip Screws are present and both retain the majority of their original blue finish with unmarred slots.

The 1936-S/42 Mauser Luger comes with an original Mauser-manufactured, extruded blued body magazine that is numbered to another pistol. 1936 was also the first year that Mauser transitioned from the nickel plated magazine bodies to one that was blued. This one is blued and it has on the aluminum base the serial number “6500” over a stick eagle/63 acceptance stamp, which indicates this magazine is from early in 1937. The follower loading button has crisp checkering and still retains the majority of the original blue finish. The body of the magazine retains considerable original blue finish with wear noted on the back and along the sharp edges. The follower is polished and in the white. The Magazine functions perfectly.

This is a very fine example of a pre-WWII Nazi 1936 dated S/42 Code Mauser Luger that is all matching. This Luger is tight and functions perfectly.

This pistol is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano pistol hard case. This pistol will also come with a historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

 

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