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This is a 1934 Pistole 08 military gun manufactured by Mauser. This piece is a 4 inch (100 mm) barreled 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 Luger produced in 1934. This Luger is offered with the entire rig (below).  (1039)

 

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This is a standard 1908 Model gun designated by collectors as the "K" Date Mauser. The finish show standard holster wear and this model has a hold open latch is stamped "S" and is serial numbered to the gun and stock lug. The first toggle link is marked with the S/42 Mauser code in Gothic Style.  There is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear.   This is a much sought after collector grade gun. (1039)

Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style.   The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the side of the locking bolt, on the trigger, on the bottom of the barrel, the side plate,  the left side of the receiver, the safety bar, the sear bar, the rear connecting pin, and on the extractor. The thumb safety is marked on the bottom and straw blued.   This Luger has all matching numbers.

 

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.

 

The Barrel (above) is matched to the gun with the caliber 8.82mm stamped.  Note the "S" on the front Grip Strap. Only on the "K" Date was this done.

This is the second series of the application of the Scriptic "S" and Gothic "S" in the 2000-5000 serial number range.  Note how all the small parts of marked, much like the Erfurts had every part stamped.

This photograph demonstrates the mixture of Scriptic and Gothic "S" on all the various parts.  This gun is in original condition and represents true battlefield pickup condition. Captured with the original holster, belt and Wehrmacht belt buckle. The frame is still the DWM manufacture without the 2mm "hump" Mauser added behind the rear main axel pin.

 

"K" Dates were marked with multiple proof marks much like Erfurts. There are four subvariations of the "K" Dates based on the placement and type of the "S". Early "K" Dates below serial number 2000 were marked with the Scriptic S through out, the second series 2000-5000 have mixed Gothic and Scriptic letters after 5200 fewer parts were marked in Gothic and the "S" in S/42 became scriptic.   The S/42 is taken to mean that 1942 was the end of the contract; known when Mauser began to produce the P38 as the combat arm of the Wehrmacht.

 

The inside of this Luger is very clean inside. The inside of the gun is clean with no evidence or pitting or rust. It has been cared for many years. The bore is good with some minor frosting. This gun is an exceptional Luger being in such fine shape and bearing all the correct proofs and markings to make it a text book "K" date. See Kenyon Lugers at Random Page 262.

You will also find the "S" on the side plate, on the extractor, toggle links, on the trigger and back of the magazine catch release. 

 

In 1934 Mauser got it's first Military P-08 contract from the German Government. So was born the first military Mauser Luger, the "K" date of which it was estimated 10,900 were made. These were the 1934 production designation "K". There were approximately 3200 of this variation of the rare "K" Date Mauser Luger. This 70 year old Luger has survived a World War and remains a fine example of the craftsmanship of it's makers

 

This is a full Rig.  There is a 2nd Magazine, a take-down tool, the holster and buckled belt. When your are talking about a "bring back" this Luger was captured intact with the everything.

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. The barrel is clean and in excellent shape. This rarely found Luger is in excellent shape in original condition. We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria.

Other than the "K" Date Mauser did not proof guns with so many proof marks on their Lugers. This was the first production year of the military contract and by this time Mauser was producing the Luger with all new parts. Even the blue has a deeper, darker tone from that extra effort. This gun is a bit of a time capsule, pre-war production at it's best.

 

The first WWII contract Mauser, the K-Date right from the battlefield to your collection with this all matching gun, two magazines, a 1934 holster, cleaning tool and proofed loading tool. 

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