1938 Mauser S/42 Ostsee Rig SOLD

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This is a 1938 Chamber dated Mauser S/42 Baltic Sea Nazi Navy. Truly a collector's find!  There is the Mauser S/42 on the first toggle link with a "V" notch rear sight.  The last two digits of the serial number appear on all the small parts including the thumb safety.  This was early in the war and the finish and craftsmanship is outstanding. Offered is a full rig with an all-matching gun, extra matching magazine, dated holster and loading tool.  (1160)

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Featuring a 100mm (4" barrel) and the Mauser manufactured "hump" at the rear of the frame this is the classic Model 1934 as manufactured for German Military Acceptance as witnessed by the various Eagle 63 Waffen Amt proofs and Drooped-wing Eagle on the barrel.

The front and back grips are very strong with miminal wear showing. On the front strap is the Ostsee (Baltic Sea) unit marking, A very hard to find Parabellem in such beautify shape.

The front of the frame has both the four digit serial number and the suffix "m" and matches the barrel with has the serial number and the gauge marking.  The gauge markings were the inside to inside of the 'lands' or ridges of the barrel and 9mm was the bottom of the grooves.  Above Right shows the magazine with the serial number, suffix and the Eagle 63 proof as found on the right side of the receiver proof marks.


Germany signed the Armistice with the Allies on 11 November 1918. Article XXI of this ordered the surrender of all German U-Boats, over 200 were handed over, mostly within the next two weeks.  Article XXIII involved the handing over and internment in Allied or neutral ports of seventy-four named warships, their fate to be determined by the peace negotiations.


This Parabellum is 9mm with a 4" (100mm) barrel that is proofed and serial numbered to the gun.  Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen."  This example has all matching numbers.

Above Left: With the side plate removed one can see the serial number of the trigger "20" matching the last two digits of the serial number of the gun.  Above Right: With a round in the chamber the extractor marked Loaded or "Geladen" in German is raised to give the shooter an indication both visually and tactilely that the Parabellum is loaded.

Featuring a 100mm (4" barrel) and the Mauser manufactured 2mm "hump" at the rear of the frame this is the classic Model 1934 as manufactured for German Military Acceptance as witnessed by the various Eagle 63 Waffen Amt proofs. This Luger is minty inside and out and is a truly beautiful top rate gun for the collector
All serial numbers match including the magazine.  Above are the matching magazines with the Eagle 63 Proof; these  The magazines are wrapped blue sleeved with aluminum pinned bottom and are proofed with the straight wing Eagle 63 and one has the "+" marking indicating it is the 2nd magazine issued with that gun.  Proof marks are well struck and clearly visible.

Included in this offering is the 1938 dated all matching Nazi Navy (Kriegsmarine) with a 2nd matching magazine, a 1938 Navy Proofed holster and loading tool. This is as good as it gets for a minty Navy Rig.


  After WWI Rear-Admiral Ludwig von Reuter commanded the Imperial Fleet to Scapa Flow followed by the British and American Squadrons while the fate of the German Navy was decided by the Treaty of Versailles.  Rather than surrender the fleet it was ordered scuttled on June 21st, 1919 with 400,000 tons of warships going to the bottom.  This infuriated the German sailors and the post reflects the raising of the Nazi Navy from the scrap of the Imperial Navy of Scapa Flow.

 Schlachtschiff  Gneisenau   


This extraordinary rig has a 1938, S/42 Parabellum with two matching (Type 2) magazines, a proofed loading tool, 1938 dated holster and with the Nazi Navy stamp. The 1936 Mauser was the continuation of the "S/42" code begun in 1934 and lasted until 1939 when the code '42' was phased in.

On the back of the holster is (A) the manufacturers cartouche and (B) the Waffenamt proof of military acceptance.  Also (C) is the 1938 date stamp matching the year of the gun and (D) the Nazi Marinen swastika over 'M' navy stamp.   Truly a find from an old collection with a fully matched rig.

The holster holds the original stitching and is still very pliable and in excellent conditon.  The inside pockets and pull strap are fully functional.

1938 was a wonderful year of Luger production, before the shooting war had begun and when the guns had the polish an splendor of the craftsman.  Serial number position was throughout the gun as seen above. The condition of this gun, both inside and out make it a marvelous preservation of a very rare unit marked variation.  This Parabellum spent its time in storage somewhere as minimal holster and firing wear can attest.  The barrel is also strong with a shiny tube and distinctive lands and grooves.

This Luger is unit marked with the O. (Ost) or East Sea as the Baltic Sea was named. It served on the "eastern front" more than like against the Soviet Navy.


The Kriegsmarine was the name of the German Navy between 1935 and 1945, superseding the Reich Marine, and the Kaiserliche Marine of World War I. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht. The Navy was based from the Northern ports Wilhelmshaven and the Baltic (Ost-East) Sea from Kiel.  The Baltic Sea was used for extensive internal transport and the sea lanes required protection from the Soviet Bolsheviks.

Schlachtschiff Graff Spee


The Parabellum in full recoil with the side plate and left grip removed shows us many of the hidden serial numbers and the fact this 78 year old war veteran was appreciatively cared for during its life. Cleaned, oiled and fully functional it stands ready to do its duty as it did in 1938.

Above Left: The rear axel pin has been numbered ('20') in accordance with the 1933 order to prevent the armorers from interchanging the pins.  Some times in full recoil with the hot loads the Luger fired the pin would extend beyond the frame and be chipped.  Mauser later solved this by putting a 2mm hump on the "ears" at the rear of the frame now referred to as the Mauser "hump". Above Right: An original loading key with the circular center to push down the magazine follower, the screwdriver end for the grips and firing pin retainer; this tool had all the components to field strip the Parabellum AND it is proofed with the straight wing E63, (the Mauser proof), just like the gun.

The underside picture shows the full serial number under the barrel and the receiver with the last two digits on the locking lever an the side plate. The grips are marked with the last two digits of the serial number and are in excellent condition. the early grips were made of walnut which was the same material as the stocks of the Mauser 98, the basic military rifle. Production placed a greater demand on walnut than Germany had the means to supply. This placed a requirement for a replacement material which came in the form of Bakelite which in 1938 was being tested on the developing P-38

Above Left: The arrow is pointing at the proofs on the breach block and the last two digits of the serial number. Above Right: One can see this is the original serial number "20" on the firing pin which is the new style


Note how all the detailed parts have the serial number or the last two digits of the serial number on this all matching Luger. Beautifully detailed and struck, the early Waffenamt proof on the barrel preceded the 1939 change to the swastika for a Waffenamt (War Office) proof.  1938 was still a good year for Mauser. 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.

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


Schlachtschiff Bismark



This absolutely minty Mauser 1938 dated S/42 with all the Eagle 63 and German acceptance proofs is an excellent collector grade Luger for the Mauser enthusiast. All matching and Baltic Sea (Ostsee) Nazi Navy marked.  This is a beautiful rig and part of the small number of the "Navy" marked purchases from Mauser Luger production.   We ship world wide to countries (including California) that will permit import. The all matching Parabellum, two matching magazines, proofed loading tool, 1938 dated holster with Nazi Navy Marinen proofs is offered for $4,895.00.

This Parabellum is very unique to have survived the Second World War in the German Navy and come back beautifully intact with the all matching rig.  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. For more pictures or information email josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com 

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