Luger 1940 "42" Mauser Luftwaffe Rig  SOLD

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This is a 1940 Manufactured Mauser Code "42" that comes with a 1940 holster and a Luftwaffe officer's buckle with a dress belt. This Luger is 9mm, all matching, with a  2nd magazine and properly proofed loading tool.  Truly a collector's find in minty condition!                   (1352)

There is a "1940" dated Mauser Code 42 on the first toggle link with a "V" notch rear sight.  The pistol shows the honest wear of war with shiny points at the high ridges where it comes in contact with the holster.

 

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Featuring a 100mm (4" barrel) and the Mauser manufactured "hump" at the rear of the frame this is the classic Model 1934 as manufactured for German Military Acceptance as witnessed by the various Eagle 655 Waffen Amt proofs and Nazi Eagle on the barrel.

This Parabellum is 9mm with a 4" (100mm) barrel that is proofed and serial numbered to the gun.  Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen."  This example has all matching numbers.

Very Clean and all matching the extractor is marked "GELADEN" and the safety is marked "GESICHERT" the German word for safe with the safe being thumb down. 

This extraordinary rig has a 1940, 42 code Parabellum with two black FXO (Type 4) E37 magazines,  has an E655 loading tool, 1940 holster and the SS Officer dress belt buckle and proofed chest straps. The 1940-42 Mauser was the continuation of the "42" code begun in 1939 which included a directive that wood grips would be used until they were not available.

 

Mauser began to transition from S/42 code to 42 code from late in 1939 with the y & z block. Intermingled with these serial numbers were the 1940 models which began in the y & z block  with 310 produced in "y" and approximately 4500 in the "Z" block.  Apparently there were a lot of receivers dated 1939 at Mauser when the order was given to switch and these were used up into the 1940 production year.

The matching numbers of the magazines and receiver with the Eagle 655 proof.  All 1940/42  Lugers were finished with the salt blue process that first appeared in 1937 replacing the rust blued Parabellums.  When examined in a strong light a light plum color is visible from this process.

 

 

 

The holster is in excellent condition with original stitching, the leather is still pliable and serviceable. This is a 1940 dated holster in the brown color of the dress uniform. The belt is in like-new condition The holster contains an extra magazine that is serial numbered to the gun.  The top of holster bears the Luftwaffe Eagle and appears to have been applied before the strap was stitched on the gun. This was obviously a special manufacture for some pilot to enhance his holster.

      

The super clean holster and belt must have been "special occasion" since it shows very little wear and is mostly minty. The belt is larger than most so the guess would be this was a staff officers side arm and not a skinny pilots.   But who knows?

             

Left: A close up of the belt buckle.  This is an early 1935 Type I Luftwaffe Officers Buckle worn by company and field grade officers.

Werner Mölders (18 March 1913 – 22 November 1941) was a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. Mölders became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 100 aerial victories—that is, 100 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft, and was highly decorated for his achievements. He was instrumental in the development of new fighter tactics which led to the finger-four formation. He died in an air crash in which he was a passenger.

 

Mölders joined the Luftwaffe in 1934 at age 21. In 1938, he volunteered for service in the Condor Legion, which supported General Francisco Franco's Nationalist side in the Spanish Civil War, and shot down 15 aircraft. In World War II, he lost two wingmen in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, but shot down 53 enemy aircraft. With his tally standing at 68 victories, Mölders and his unit, the Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51), were transferred to the Eastern Front in June 1941 for the opening of Operation Barbarossa. By the end of 22 June 1941, the first day of Barbarossa, he had added another four victories to his tally and a week later, Mölders surpassed Manfred von Richthofen's 1918 record of 80 victories. By mid-July, he had 100.

 

Prevented from flying further combat missions for propaganda reasons, at the age of 28 Mölders was promoted to Oberst, and appointed Inspector General of Fighters.

The inside of the gun is clean and reflects the effort for cleaning the past 40 years. Lugers that are stored for any period of time should have the wooden grips at least waxed on the inside to protect contact with the metal. The rear main axel pin shows the last two numbers of the serial number from the 1933 order to prevent their exchange between guns once worn. (Below) The rear toggle axel has the 07 stamped on it and you can see the 2mm extension of the frame at the rear main axel pin to protect the pin in full rear motion.

 

 

The first toggle link is marked with the "42" Mauser code.  There is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear.   This is a rarer collector grade gun, not everyone will have one in their collection. The 1940-42 four digit 1940 was a transitional gun from the four digit date to the two digit date beginning in January 1941.

 

 

Records indicate that the 1940 date and 42 code had 34,000 made for the Luftwaffe and 3000 of the early ones went to the Kriegsmarine.  The series started at 7700z and produced an estimated 85,500 Lugers ending at approximately 7000n.
 

 

Hermann Wilhelm Göring,  (12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) was a German politician, military leader, and a leading member of the Nazi Party. He was a veteran of World War I as an ace fighter pilot, and a recipient of the coveted Pour le Mérite, also known as "The Blue Max". He was the last commander of Jagdgeschwader 1, the fighter wing once led by Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron".

In 1935, Göring was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe (German: Air Force), a position he was to hold until the final days of World War II. By mid-1940, Göring was at the peak of his power and influence. Adolf Hitler had promoted him to the rank of Reichsmarschall, making Göring senior to all other Wehrmacht commanders, and in 1941 Hitler designated him as his successor and deputy in all his offices. By 1942, with the German war effort stumbling on both fronts, Göring's standing with Hitler was very greatly reduced. Göring largely withdrew from the military and political scene to enjoy the pleasures of life as a wealthy and powerful man.

 

It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun.  However, this rig is probably the best we have ever encountered.

 

 

This battlefield pickup comes with an all matching P08, a Luftwaffe Officer's dress buckle and belt along with a 1940 dated holster, an extra magazine matching magazine and a E655 proofed loading too.     Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com. This Luger is offered for $4,295.00 to the WWII collector.

 

 

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