1934 K-Date Mauser police Rig

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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. The extraordinary part of this is there is documentation for the Wehrmacht and Kriegsmarine but no block is identified for the police. (1774)


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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.  

This is a standard 1934 Model gun designated by collectors as the "K" Date Mauser. The first toggle link is marked with the 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. 

Above: Here are pictures of all the proofs and serial numbers on the front of the Parabellum. Note the Gothic "S" on the side plate.


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 inside of the gun is minty clean with no signs of deterioration for its age and exhibits that craftsmanship of the early Mauser production.  Unusual is the use of a DWM frame (129mm), that has not been reinforced in the rear or the 2mm extension to protect the rear main axel pin which Mauser was manufacturing into their Parabellums at the time.  Therefore this one came from the stock acquired from DWM.  Below you can see the Scriptic "S" proof on the firing pin retainer and proofed matching magazines.

As an example of the transition in proofing can be found on the firing pin retainer which has the Scriptic "S" proof.  Above Right are the two matching magazines with the B][90 proofs which continued into the 1935 models. Police Lugers were numbered numerically 1, 2, 3, for the extra magazines. The #1 was the primary magazine and was in the gun while the other magazine was in the holster and doesn't show a lot of wear.

Here are some close ups of the firing mechanism with the sear safety and the magazine safety complete and intact just as installed.  This Parabellum has a PVT, explained later, which as a Police Academy might have just used the gun in training and did not respond to the requirement to remove the magazine safety.

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 inside of the magazine well shows the very rare extension of the short lived magazine safety in a K-Date! Imagine first of the minimal amount of K-Date's dedicated to the Police, and then the number of Magazine Safety's installed less the number rendered inoperative.  This is a jewel.

This K-Date Police besides being very rare by itself has an INTACT magazine safety. Shown above with the spring loop and pressed through a drilled hole in the frame to the interior tab which is still intact and this was the method of disabling the safety after the Polizei Interior Ministry so ordered.


Magazine Safety:  The magazine safety consists of a "U" shaped leaf spring with two extensions, fitted into the left side of the frame under the grip. (Seen to the left with the hole drilled in the frame.)

One of the extensions fits into the front and lodges behind the trigger while the other end fits through the frame into the magazine well.  With the magazine in place the extension is pushed left and out of the path of the trigger. Removing the magazine allows the safety to move to the right so the bar moved behind the trigger and prevents it from being pulled.  This was patented by Carl Walther in October 1932.


This rig contains two matching magazines with the  Early B][90 and S][91 appearing and the 2nd marked "2" the police designation for the second magazine.  The loading tool is proofed with the early Ö][37 one of the rarer tool proofs collectors search for.

The Barrel is matched to the gun with the caliber 8.83mm stamped representing the distance of the lands.  The 9401 serial puts this K-Date  early in the 2nd variation of the K-Dates.  Additionally you have the early Mauser B][90 proof including the magazines.

Below: The small PVT is the marking of the  Polizeischul fur Technische und Verkur (Police School for Technology and Transport) marks of the Berlin Police Academy.  The name was changed in 1934 these marks are found stamped above the barrel proof Eagle. It is unknown if this is a proof by the Berlin facility or acceptance of the existing proof marks.

The side plate has the Gothic "S" and the sear stop is marked with the Scriptic "S" which illustrates that during the transition of the protocol for marking the Parabellum the changes were made with existing parts.

Above:  The four digit serial number that places this Luger into the designated 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. Note the Scriptic "S" on the extractor yet we have the Gothic "S" on the S/42 code markings. This may have been a sample gun pulled from the various parts bins and not sequentially produced as the military K-Dates were.

At the  front is an E33 which was a very early Mauser Proof. The Sear Safety is marked on the bar that is pinned on the top of the rail and which fits over a slot in the side plate to provide access to a pin that drops into the sear when the side plate is removed.

Above we have placed a small screwdriver in the sear safety to show you the small pin that when the side plate is removed would fall into the sear and make the firing mechanism inoperable. This is a marvelous example of the K-Date and an unbelievable opportunity to obtain a K-date Police with an intact magazine safety.


SEAR SAFETY:  During the 1920's it was determined German authorities that one could remove the side plate with the gun loaded, thereby exposing the sear, and by then pressing on the sear discharge the gun. In this case you can see the sear safety probably fully installed at the original time of the first re-work.

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 holster is subtle and well stitched.  The internal loading tool pouch has a flap to hold down a loading tool.  The back of the holster bears the manufacturers cartouche and the 1934 date along with the "Star" of the police acceptance between the belt loops

The police holster distinguishes itself from the military holster by the strap and the stud obverse located to the military holster with the buckle and strap descending from the top flap. BELOW: The loading tool pouch is functional and the stitching for the cover is in very good condition.

The tool is proofed with the very early Ö][37 proof and is not serial numbered as standard police tools were marked.  Above Right: The toggle in full recoil reveals the serial #01 (last two digits of the guns serial number). 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 pins.


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.


Included in this offering is an all matching early K-Date with the Scriptic "S" proof on all the major parts, two matching magazines, an "Ö][37" marked loading tool,  a 1934 holster with the police proof.   One of the most complete K-Date rigs we have ever seen.

On the barrel is the Eagle 33 a very early Mauser proof used on these contract guns.  We insert a dummy cartridge in the chamber to both show how the extractor (Geladen - Loaded) becomes extended and the disconnect of the sear safety with the side plate removed. The Extractor (Geladen) tells the shooter the gun is loaded both by sight and by feel.

The grips are original and serial numbered to the gun.


When the President of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, appointed Der Fürher 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.


 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". 600 were pulled for the German Navy (Kriegsmarine).  There are no factory records of a Police issue of the K-Date but some suspect that there were some pulled from production for shipment to the Prussian Police in Berlin.

Beginning in 1935 Mauser began by marking the guns with the "G".  From the "G" series beginning approximately with 930a to 5000f, (in blocks of 10,000) for approximately 54,700 guns, 700 were pulled out for the German Kriegsmarine and so marked.


With no production records or shipping documents to support a K-Date Police this might have been a sample pulled for the Prussian Police Academy in Berlin, fitted with both the Sear and Magazine Safety. As a sample gun it might explain why the magazine safety wasn't removed when so ordered by the Prussian Police.  A much sought after piece for the Mauser collector with the "K" Date a crown jewel in anyone's collection and add to that the rarity of a Police Model. This Parabellum is offered with the all-matching K-Date, the 2nd Matching Magazine, the 1934 Police proofed Holster, the matching Ö][37 proofed loading tool.


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