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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 dated holster along with a cleaning rod and loading tool. (2016)

NOTE: Photographs taken today with the high mega-pixel camera show more than we sometimes can see with the human eye. Magnified close-ups show us tool marks and natural surface conditions that one normally doesn't see in the ordinary handling of the weapon.  Photographs are copyrighted, all rights reserved, any extraction, reproduction or display of gun pictures without the express consent of the Phoenix Investment Arms is strictly prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.  Please visit Legal (tabbed) for Conditions of Sale.

 

 Mauser-Werke and Berliner-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke (BKIW), [BKIW was the successor to DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken)] and 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 rust blued and 95% 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.   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.
This is a standard 1934 Model gun designated by collectors as the Version 2 "K" Date Mauser. The first toggle link is marked with the Scriptic S/42 Mauser code.  There is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear. 

The Roman "S" on the extractor along with the last two digits of the serial number. Above Right: The locking lever and side plate both have the last two digits of the serial numbr.

The barrel is matched to the gun with the gauge 8.81mm stamped representing the distance of the lands.  The 6687 serial puts this K-Date early in the 2nd variation of the K-Dates. Here we have a K-Date 6,687th production piece with the "Roman/Scriptic "S".  Note the early Mauser B][90 proof on the magazine.

In early 1930 production was begun by Mauser in Oberndorf with the transfer of  the tooling and equipment from BKIW (DWM) factory in Berlin to Mauser-Werke. The first order was for the Dutch in November 1930 and then the American Eagle orders for A. F. Stoeger.  From 1930 until 1934 Mauser assembled many thousands of Lugers from DWM parts and stocks, plus reworked other for the paramilitary groups and the police.  Mauser proof marks left a trail across many Lugers.


1034 Luger
There are slight wear patterns on the grips, the muzzle and side rails they are still sharp.
Above: The top of the gun shows the barrel proof, the "K" Date (1934) and both the Roman and the Scriptic S on the toggles. Below: The bottom of the barrel shows the gauge marking and witness mark of alignment with the receiver and the marks on the stop lug.
Above Left: The picture show the gauge markings (8.85) which is the distance between the lands upon manufacture. The "N" on the stop lug and the well indicates these parts were manufactured by DWM in the 20's..  Above Right: The hold-open has the last two digits of the serial number.

In January 1933 Adolph Hitler became Cancellor of Germany and the rearmament of Germany began. The order for the 1934 (K-Date) Parabellum was made for the Reichwehr which was the name for the military from the Weimar Republic (1918-1933).  By March 1935 the military was renamed the Wehrmacht.

 

 K-Date Luger
The above picture shows the Parabellum in full recoil and the side plate and grip removed. One can see the insides reflect the care and maintenance this 83 yr old battlefield favorite deserves. The barrel is strong with distinctive lands and grooves. Most collectors know that you must keep the metal in contact with the wooden grips clean and coated. Any deterioration should be removed with 0000 steel wool; it will not mar the bluing if applied judiciously.  Then plain paste wax to coat the rails under the grips and you have given your gun a favor. You can also see a fine examples of the fire-blued pins. The last two digits of the serial number are evidenced on the trigger, inside the right grip and sear.
Above Left:  Inside the side plate on the trigger lever one can see the Roman "S". Above Right:  The loading tool is faintly marked and the brass tipped cleaning rod (Below) come with the gun.  These parts are (hate to use the phrase) extremely rare and like this one comes from a very old collection.
 
The right side of the receiver shows us the Roman "S" and more B][90 & S][91 proofs. Adjacent to those is the drooped winged eagle (Adler) of the German Waffenam (War Weapons Office), which also appears on the barrel. The Roman "S" also appears on the ejector, the magazine release and the trigger.
On the firing pin and firing pin retainer are the Roman "S" pointing to the originality of these parts. On the top of the riring pin is the last two digits of the serial number.
Above: Easy to see the B][90 proof on the barrel, the 4 digit serial number on the receiver and the Gothic "S" on the sear stop plus the the top of the 1st & 2nd toggle. The last two digits of the serial number also appear on the extractor, 1st and 2nd toggle links.

Above Left: Absorbing all the machinery, parts and re-builds of DWM in May 1930 Mauser found itself with a re-armament contract for the Parabellum The DWM frames were constructed without the 2mm extension which was a improvement that Mauser made. Above Right: The stock iron machining was a DWM product giving us another positive indicationthat this was a DWM frame that came to Mauser in the early 1930's. 
Above Left: These close ups of the proofs on the K-Date show marvelously clean and crisp and tell the story of the first contract Parabellums of the Nazi era. Only on the very early guns do we see the "S" on so many small parts. Imagine the level of inspections this gun underwent to be issued from the factory.
 The extractor is shown in the 'up' position indicating that the gun is loaded (GELADEN). This gives the shooter notice both visually and tactilely that the gun is loaded.

 

 

Included in this offering is an all matching early K-Date with the Roman/Scriptic "S" proof on all the major parts, two matching magazines, a loading tool, a cleaning rod in a 1934 proofed holster with the cleaning rod pouch.   One of the most complete & minty K-Date rigs we have ever seen.

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. The white stitching indicates that this holster was assembled of died leather in the original configuration and was not died.  A real battlefield pickup.

 
The inside pouch holds the loading tool and there is the additional pouch for the cleaning rod. This was the only year the cleaning rod was universally installed as a part of the contract.
The manufacturers cartouche is clearly stamped with the 1934 matching date.  
 

 

 

A closeup of the right side shows the Roman & Scriptic "S" on the breach block, the side of the receiver, the trigger and the back side of the magazine release. We have high-lighted these proofs with Lacquer-stik which can be removed with Hoppe's #9 cleaning solvent.

Above Left: The grips are in very good condition with minor wear on the right grip. Right Above: The grips are original and serial numbered to the gun with the additional proof of the Scriptic "S" on the grips.

Two matching magazines with the with an B][90 proof. Above Right: The Roman "S" is on the side plate and sear stop with the last two digits of  the serial number on the respective parts.  It should be noted that this Parabellum has the Pre-1914 long sear that was replaced by a copyrighted short sear by Georg Luger.  Further evidence that these parts were from the DWM stock absorbed by Mauser in the 1930's transfer of DWM machinery and parts to Mauser from Berlin to Suhl.

The most distinctive feature of these pistols is undoubtedly the toggle-lock mechanism, which holds the breech closed by locking in a manner not unlike the human knee, which can sustain a heavy weight when straight, but once bent is quite easy to continue to bend. The toggle joint in its straight position resists the rearward force of the detonating cartridge, then "buckles" after enough time has passed. When a round is fired the entire breech, barrel and toggle move straight rearward (on rails) until the toggle begins to ride up on a pair of cams that "breaks" the toggle (makes it bend at the joint). Once the toggle joint is no longer straight, it bends freely, allowing the bolt to come rearward, and the striker to be cocked. The spent cartridge is extracted by a combination extractor/loaded chamber indicator on the top of the toggle, is ejected as the toggle nears the end of its rearward free travel, returning, and a new round is stripped from the magazine and chambered as the toggle is driven back to the straight position by a spring.

The thumb safety has the last two digits of the serial number on top and the Roman "S" on the bottom. Exquisite details.
 

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.Any questions or request for additional purchases email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

This handgun is C&R eligible and can be transferred/sold in California because C&R handguns are exempt from the roster.

 

Very early pictures of the SA organization while they were the power behind the Nazi party before the Night of the Long Knives.

This is a nearly impossible to find K-Date Luger, 2nd variation in this good-very good condition. A much sought after piece for the Mauser collector with a "K" Date a crown jewel in anyone's collection. This Parabellum is offered with the all-matching K-Date, the 2nd Matching Magazine, the Matching 1934 Marked Holster, with a cleaning rod and loading tool.

This Luger is identified as a curio and can be send directly to C&R licensees and above.  This is the best "K"-Date we have ever seen.

This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that do not have a cash deposit. Questions concerning this offering to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com 

 


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