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This is a 1934 Pistole 08 military Parabellum manufactured by Mauser. As a K-Date  this is one of first military contract Lugers produced by Mauser. This Luger is a 4 inch (100mm) 9mm Parabellum.  To conceal production a series of alphabetical dates were assigned in addition to the code on the toggle S/42 (Mauser).  ''K" dates are representative of the Lugers produced in 1934; this is an all-matching gun including two magazines and a 1934 holster along with a proofed cleaning rod and loading tool. (1961)

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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.  In 1934 Mauser obtained its first contract for 10,930 with the K-Date over the chamber.  For the collector there are four variations of the K-Date.


The thumb safety is new style, and strawed. The finish is 98% Blued and 98% straw blued and  has a hold open latch and stock lug. This Luger has all matching numbers including the magazine. The gun has a numbered hold-open and the stock lug.   There is no 2mm "hump" at the rear of the receiver indicating this was a DWM frame that was inherited by Mauser with the transfer of assets from Berlin.
The underside of the gun is a clean and crisp as the top.  The grips are strong and well defined.
On the top of the thumb safety is the last two digits of the serial number and on the bottom is the Scriptic "S".
The Barrel is matched to the gun with the gauge 8.83mm stamped representing the distance of the lands.  The 662 serial puts this K-Date  early in the 1st variation of the K-Dates. Here we have a K-Date 662nd production piece with the "Scriptic "S".  Note the early Mauser Ö][37 proof on the magazine.


The inside of the gun is minty clean with no signs of deterioration for its age and exhibits that craftsmanship of the early Mauser production.  Below you can see the multiple proofs on the firing pin and proofed loading tool.
Inside the side plate is the Gothic "S" which is the only one we have found.  This would indicate this is one of the last guns to have the 'all' Scriptic "S" markings on the guns.  As the serial numbers reach into the four digits the Scriptic "S" gave way to the Gothic "S" and by the "G-Date" (1935) all the small 'S' proofs were gone.   Above Right: shot of the rear toggle where the last two digits of the serial number appear and there is a small strike mark where the rear toggle hit the frame telling us this gun was very minimally fired.
Very RARE cleaning rod with the brass tip and the Scriptic "S" on the cleaning rod.
The upper half of the gun with a clear picture of the serial number on the side of the chamber, then again on the sear and finally on the rear main axel pin. In 1932 the Reichswehrministerium issued an order that the rear main axel pin be serial numbered to the gun.  You can also see a fine examples of the fire-blued pin.
The breach block has both the last two digits of the serial number but also a drooped wing eagle Waffenamt proof. BELOW LEFT The firing pin extracted you can see the last two digits of the serial number and a Scriptic"S" on the firing pin.
Above Left:  We can see in fine detain the Scriptic "S" and the two Ö][37 Stage 1 & II inspection proofs and the dropped wing Eagle Waffenamt barrel receiver and barrel proof after the 'hot round" test shot. Above Right:  On the top right of the barrel is the Ö][37 proof.


The holster is subtle and well stitched.  The internal loading tool pouch has an extra flap to hold down a loading tool that has a small covered pouch and then the cleaning tool strap extends through the loop and uses the same stud for the end.
The back of the holster bears the manufacturers cartouche and the date 1934 along with the early Waffen Amt proof. These are very hard to find dated holsters.
The stitching is strong and the leather is still soft after many years of care.  Belt loops are intact and the pull strap is functional. Below you can see the tab over the loading tool and the cleaning rod secured in the pouch. The manufacturers cartouche is clearly stamped with the 1934 matching date.
While variations of the cleaning rod tool pouch are found on very few Imperial (WWI) holsters early 1934 K-Date holsters appear to be a Wehrmacht specificationl. The original loading tool pouch is in the back and a small sleeve is stitched into the cover for the bottom of the cleaning rod and then a large tag loops through the cleaning rod, over the loading tool and attaches on the loading tool pouch.  These holsters are very hard to find as are the cleaning rods.

A closeup of the Ö][37 barrel proof, the code "K" on the chamber and the "scriptic S" on the extractor, 1st toggle, S/42 and on top of the rear toggle.  The last two digits of the serial number are seen on the extractor, first and second toggle and the top of the thumb safety.

Proofing on this P-08 is splendid with the mixture of the early proofs and the Scriptic "S". The top of the Luger shows a good clean "K" and the Scriptic "S" on the extract. This represents a magnificent collection of the period proofs introduced on the K-Date. On the left, seen on the barrel is the early Mauser Ö][37 acceptance proof, the code "K" over the chamberor, first and second toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number throughout.


The right side of the receiver shows the scriptic "S" above the proof marks and on the back of the magazine release.
Th last two digits of the serial number are on the Hold Open Lever and appear in a large font on both the grips.
This rig contains two matching magazines with the Early Ö37 appearing and the 2nd marked "+" the designation for the second magazine.  The loading tool is proofed with the early Ö37, one of the rarer tool proofs collectors search for.
Every WWII Luger collector must have a "K-Date" in their collection.  This was the first official order for the Parabellum ordered by the German Wehrmacht and it is reported on 10,930 were made with the "K" over the chamber.  There were 4 variations; this Parabellum representing the 1st variation with a Scriptic "S" on the various parts with a reported production from 1-1700 with approximately 1700 produced. So, why are these so highly treasured? This is one of 1700 that survived the war, came to the US and is in splendid condition.
The early frames were  left-over DWM manufactured frames that were assimilated in the Mauser take-over of the DWM  Parabellum production. Later the 2mm 'hump' to protect the rear main axel pin was added.

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When the president of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, appointed Der Führer Adolph Hitler chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 a national rearmament immediately began and the old professional gun makers set to work to apply their craftsmanship to war time production for an ever expanding demand.  The K-Date (1934) was Mauser's first order and borrowing from the traditions of Erfurt and Simson they marked most every part of the gun with some proof or another.  This was slowly reduced as standardization and time studies indicated a lesser need for all the double proofing.

Left: Note the Scriptic "S"  on the connector rod. The lazy Scriptic "S" on the extgractor. These tiny proofs are marks of the Craftsman Gun Makers at Mauser.

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 would rather answer your questions and provide you with photographs than ship guns back and forth. Questions concerning this offering to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com
The Scriptic "S" on the locking lever, side plate and sear stop. The last two digits of the serial number on the receiver, locking lever, side plate, sear, and sear stop.  Just an exquisite example of the early "K" Date.

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This Parabellum shows very minor honest holster wear and a strong shiny barrel. This gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet. This fabulous K-Date, all-matching with two matching magazines, a 1934 dated holster, a cleaning rod and proofed loading tool is offered for $8,495.00 over-the-counter. You won't find a better one.


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