1939 Mauser Banner Police Rig

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1939 Mauser Banner Police

This is an all-matching Mauser Code 42 with two matching magazines and is proofed with the Nazi Military Proofs indicating this was a military contract for police style weapons. This example has all matching numbers. This is a complete rig as taken from the battlefield with the gun, holster, 2nd magazine, proofed loading tool, belt & early Officer style police buckle     (1671)

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Until 1933 each state in Germany had its own police force. By 1936 they had been centralised under Himmler as Chief of Police. The Landespolizei  were the main law enforcement agency of Germany. In Nazi Germany the police were allowed to arrest people on suspicion that they were about to do wrong. This gave the police huge powers. All local police units had to draw up a list of people in their locality who might be suspected of being "Enemies of the State". This list was given to the Gestapo - the Secret Police.

 

 

This Parabellum is 9mm police gun in a 100mm barrel length with all matching serial numbers to include matching grips. Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style. The thumb safety is marked 'Gesichert' and safe is down and the extractor "Geladen" (Loaded).  The barrel is numbered and proofed and matches the frame.  The bore is good with distinctive lands and groove.  The thumb safety is new style, and blued. Over the sear above the side plate is the sear safety that designates this gun a police mode.

 

Mauser-Werke and Berliner-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke (BKIW), [BKIW was the successor to DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken)] had common ownership.  In 1930 the machinery, technicians and supplies were moved from Berlin-Wittenau to Oberndorf and BKIW's interest in the Parabellum ceased.  There is a "V" notched rear sight and stock lug.

Serial number placement is standard military; front frame, under the barrel,  the side plate, the extractor, the safety, the sear bar retaining pin and the majority of the internal parts are serial numbered. The Mauser Code 42 appears on the fist toggle link and the "V" cut rear sight and last two digits of the serial number appear on the rear toggle. the suffix is "m".  The magazine has the Eagle L police proof and matches the gun.

 

SEAR SAFETY:

In this case you can see the sear safety probably fully installed at the original time of production. This was the invention of Ludwig Schiwy, a gunsmith and the owner of F.W. Vandry & Company, Berlin.

It consisted of a spring-steel bar on the top of the trigger plate which springs down into a recess in the sear bar, locking the mechanism, if the trigger plate was removed.

 

The police were divided into the Ordnungspolizei (Orpo or regular police) and the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo or security police), which had been established in June 1936.The Orpo assumed duties of regular uniformed law enforcement while the SiPo consisted of the secret state police (Geheime Staatspolizei or Gestapo) and criminal investigation police (Kriminalpolizei or Kripo). The Kriminalpolizei was a corps of professional detectives involved in fighting crime and the task of the Gestapo was combating espionage and political dissent.

 

Matching serial numbers for the receiver, barrel and both magazines is a feat unto itself. This was a contract sales for the military in a police configuration with the four digit 1939 date and The
 

The commercial Mauser Banner (No Military Proofs) were made for sale for the civilian market in Germany. The were for purchase by those entitled to be armed but not issued a firearm since the military build up took most of the guns.  In this case a large block of civilian [Mauser Banner] marked guns proofed with the Crown "U" Oberndorf were sold as a batch to the police.

 
 

This Parabellum is 9mm police gun in a 100mm barrel length with all matching serial numbers to include matching, original grips. The WaffenAmt Swastika  proof on the receiver and barrel  was the result of the 1940 Proof Law for all commercial guns and replaced the Crown N and Crown U.

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When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Hermann Göring, then Prussian minister of the interior, detached the political and espionage units from the regular Prussian police, filled their ranks with thousands of Nazis, and, on April 26, 1933, reorganized them under his personal command as the Gestapo. Simultaneously, Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, the Nazi paramilitary corps, together with his aide Reinhardt Heydrich, similarly reorganized the police of Bavaria and the remaining German states. Himmler was given command over Göring’s Gestapo in April 1934 and on June 17, 1936, was made German chief of police with the title of Reichsführer. Nominally under the Ministry of the Interior, Germany’s police forces now were unified under Himmler as head of both the SS and the Gestapo.

Translated as "order police", Ordnungspolizei referred to uniformed police units formed by an act of the German Interior Ministry in the summer of 1936. The act decreed that the regular German police forces were to be absorbed into the SS, which would then incorporate all local, state, and national level law enforcement agencies.

The police were divided into the Ordnungspolizei (Orpo or regular police) and the Sicherheitspolizei (Sipo or security police). The Orpo assumed duties of regular uniformed law enforcement while the Sipo consisted of the secret state police Geheime-Staatspolizei or Gestapo and criminal investigation police Kriminalpolizei or Kripo. The Gestapo was a corps of professional detectives involved in political police duties and the task of the Kriminalpolizei was fighting crime. On September 1939, the Sipo was combined with the secret service of the SS Sicherheitsdienst (SD) into the Main Office for Security of the Reich the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA). RSHA symbolize the narrow connection between SS (party organization) and police (state organization).

 

 

The right side of the Parabellum has the Eagle L and no military proofs. These guns were usually assigned to the occupation police which had to administer to all the conquered territiories.

On the right side (ABOVE LEFT) we can see the EL proof which was the acceptance stamp of the police which a seperate command of the military.  On the above right we have the full serial number on the receiver and the last two digits of the serial number on the locking lever and side plate.  This bring-back was reported taken from a police detachment commander in a formal surrender to a 101st Airborne Solder in the Ardennes 

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The Mauser Code 42 on the 1st toggle link and the overall quality of the gun helps the collectors differentiate between the finished on the military contract guns and the commercial guns made by Mauser. It appears that there was no change in standards between the Banner Mauser's and the military versions that were issued.

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Open Holster showing the 2nd matching magazine, the proofed loading tool, holster, belt and police belt buckle. This is a marvelously preserved Mauser Code 42, one of the very hardest to find for the Police or Banner collectors and great piece for the investor who wants the best.

 
 
 
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This Police Officer's Parabellum shows very minor holster wear and appears to have spent more time in the office and parade ground than in a war-time environment.  This is a very minty Luger in a hard to find variation.

 

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So who was being issued these police type contract guns?  By 1942 the police organizations had grown into private armies of various branches. Many of the police organizations were newly created units of Ordnungspolizei (Order Police), these units were issued Parabellum 9mm to SD, Gestapo, Kripo and Einsatzgruppen (anti-Jewish police units).  Other units were assigned as front line units to attack partisans and maintain control of occupied areas.

 

The inside of the gun is as clean and well maintained as the exterior. you can see all the matching serial numbers on all the small parts and the short sear stop of the post 1915 models, the thumb safety down (Safe) with the German word Gesichert (safe).

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Above Left: The serial number is shown on the trigger. Above Right: One can see the small 2mm "hump" distinctive of the Mauser frame to protect the rear main axel pin in full recoil.  Note the last two digits of the serial number on the rear main axel pin.  In 1932 the Reichswehrministerium issued an order that the rear connecting pin be serial numbered to the gun which was required by order in 1933.

ABOVE LEFT: This is an OFFICER Nazi Police Belt Buckle and states "Gott mitt uns" (God with Us) with the wreath circles the swastika.  This is a two piece buckle that is sewed onto the belt and the large portion is adjustable on this period belt.   ABOVE RIGHT: The undershot of the trigger shows a very minor use and holster wear on these parts.

Above Left: The loading tool is an Eagle 655 proofed and matches the proofs on the gun; this is extraordinary for the collector to have the whole rig match. Above Right: the two matching magazines police proofed with an Eagle L Below: The commercial police holster with the manufacturers cartouche and not the coded manufactures marks the military had adopted by 1940.

This is a 1940 dated police holster that is just like new.  The proofed Holster dated 1940 and manufactured in Berlin. The holster is in excellent shape with all the stitching intact.

All the stitching is intact and the leather is still flexible.  A great holster and like new belt with tabs and the issued chest straps. On the inside cover is the name of the US Soldier who captured this rig.

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Above: The grips are serial numbered to the gun, and Waffenamt stamped indicating that they had been replaced at some time in their life. They are  in excellent shape.

 

The barrel is 4" (100mm) and the rear sight is "V" cut fixed and front dovetailed sight with the frame having the stock lug. Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style; displayed on the left side of the receiver, the side plate, the locking bolt, the sear bar safety, the extractor, the forward toggle link, the front of the frame, under the barrel, and on the side of the trigger. Original grips are finely cut diamond shaped checkering made from walnut or in some cases beech wood. 

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 meets your criteria

 

 

Right off the battlefield this complete SS Police Battalion Rig features a 1940 Mauser Banner all matching Parabellum with a 2nd matching magazine, a 1940 dated police holster with a loading tool, a Nazi Police (Polizei) belt buckle, and a period belt.  It doesn't get any better than this for the police collector.    Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com     This is offered for $4,650.00 over-the-counter.

 

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