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1942 Banner Police

This is a 1942  chamber dated Mauser Banner  Pistole-08. The Luger is an extraordinary example of the end of war police models without a sear safety and polished to civilian standards with a 4" (100mm) barrel that is proofed and serial numbered to the gun.  Included in this offering is an extra matching magazine, a dated 1941 Police holster, a period belt  and a Nazi Police buckle. This Parabellum is 9mm with serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen."  This example has all matching numbers. (1268)

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During the Weimar Republic it was delegated to the seventeen states of Germany to operate their own police powers of which Prussia was the most powerful.  The weapons of the 1st World War were plentiful and so the armaments of the Polizei included the Parabellum which had proven itself in the great war.

In addition to the organized Lander (State) run police there were quasi-military organizations that undertook police duties and classes with the German Police were frequent. Central organization was needed and the Nazi Party was ready.


This Parabellum is 9mm police gun in a 100mm barrel length with all matching serial numbers to include matching, original grips. Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen."  The barrel is numbered and proofed and matches the frame. These were the guns ordered by the German military police battalions SS ORDNUNGSPOLIZEI  whose duties included keeping law and order in the occupied territories.
This Luger has been cared for over 75 years now. It is looking for a good home.   (Above & Below) you can see the craftsmanship present in the machined parts, all serial number, all matching. Just a very clean,late production example of the Mauser Banner Commercial Police.
This is a full rig with a 1942 Wehrmacht Holster with the manufacturers cartouche that was designed to the post and strap police type. The Parabellum must have belonged to a magistrate or court room/jailer guard.  The holster is in excellent shape with all the stitching intact and the leather flexible and soft.
The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the left side of the receiver, under the barrel and the last two digits on most small parts. The magazines are (2) FXO extruded steel cases with the latest zigzag metal springs and a Bakelite bottom.  Although these bottoms saved money vs. the aluminum bottom they were fragile when ejected from the gun in combat and permitted to fall to the ground.
The holster has the 1942 Date and is intact with the original white stitching. The pull strap is attached as is the loading tool cover, The holster has a loading tool and another FXO original magazine.


  When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Hermann Göring, then Prussian minister of the interior, detached the political and espionage units from the regular Prussian police, filled their ranks with thousands of Nazis, and, on April 26, 1933, reorganized them under his personal command as the Gestapo.

 Simultaneously, Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, the Nazi paramilitary corps, together with his aide Reinhardt Heydrich, similarly reorganized the police of Bavaria and the remaining German states. Himmler was given command over Göring’s Gestapo in April 1934 and on June 17, 1936, was made German chief of police with the title of Reichsführer.

Nominally under the Ministry of the Interior, Germany’s police forces now were unified under Himmler as head of both the SS and the Gestapo.


The Mauser Banner or Logo was used on civilian purchase weapons and these guns were made up as the anticipated conversion to the P-38 that was supposed to be underway.  As police contracts came in they were issued "off-the-shelf commercial guns" to fulfill the contracts.
The Mauser craftsman in the Commercial Sales used a lot more care in the production of the guns than their military counterparts. This Parabellum has a stock lug, is all salt-blued (as post 1936 Lugers were with Mauser) and a hold open.  In November 1942 formal production of the Luger stopped but there were still orders to fill and so up until 1944 Lugers were being assembled from existing stocks of parts.  It is in very clean condition and an exceptionally fine piece.
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.  There is a "V" notched rear sight and stock lug.
The issue of these  late war Parabellums went to mostly police and SS Gestapo units and their use of as props in era war movies gave them the "sinister" connotation associating  the Luger and the Nazi's.


Between 1938 and 1942 the German Police procured commercial proofed Banner Lugers in the "v", "w", "x" and "y" suffix series.  Almost all these guns had the sear safety and all bear the National Police accepting stamp consisting of the Nazi Eagle over the letters K, F, C or L.  This Banner is an Eagle "L".  This is among the last few Parabellum made by Mauser.


The issue of these "black" appearing Parabellums' went to mostly police and SS Gestapo units and their use of as props in era war movies gave them the "sinister" connotation associating  the Luger and the Nazi's.  Ralph Shattuck, the world renowned Luger collector for over 45 years, is credited with applying the term "Black Widow" to these pistols of the 40-42 era with black plastic grips and magazines. Aptly applied, the term has stuck with collectors the world over.

Sear Safety:

During the 1920's it was determined by 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.  Patented in July of 1929 by Ludwig Schiwy of Berlin. [The P-08 is designed with the firing mechanism on the side and not behind or on top as most automatic pistols.]

The Sear Safety consist of a spring bar riveted to the top left side of the receiver. (Seen over the sear bar lever). This bar has a vertical pin which is directly over a hole drilled in the sear bar assembly which when the side plate is removed falls into place preventing the sear bar from moving. Therefore you can remove the side plate while loaded (never recommended) and the sear safety should save you from an accidental discharge.

The small bar on the left side of the receiver that appears to rest on the side plate and is most known by the round dome fastening rivet that appears over the safety bar identifies the sear safety.

Mauser began military production in 1934 with the "K" date Luger and then in 1935 the designation was "G". This entire effort was to confuse the allies with the number and manufacture of armaments. The manufacture code for these Lugers until mid-1939 was S/42.Commercial and contract Lugers on the other hand were produced under the Mauser Banner and did not have Waffenamt proofs. Utilizing the Crown N or Crown U proofs these guns were of a distinctive better quality than the military Lugers.

Showing minimal wear and super clean inside and out this captured piece was well cared for over the past 67 years.  The barrel is still shiny and crisp making this a collector grade gun. 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. If you need another picture to making your buying decision email us your request.
The back of the holster has the manufacturers cartouche, the "42" date, a Waffenamt Stamp and a very worn Werewolf stamp telling us this unit has a story to tell.
In 1939 the German military ordered all the leather to be died black to match. One of the quickest way to to determine if the holster is a WWI holster died black or a new issue is to look at the threads. If they are white then most likely the holster wasn't die. Later in the war the holsters were marked P08 to differentiate the Walther P-38 that was coming into service in 1942.
Here are the two Haenel-Schmeisser extruded matching magazine both Eagle L proofed along with the loading tool Eagle L. The pull strap is attached and functional.
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The police were divided into the Ordnungspolizei (Orpo or regular police) and the Sicherheitspolizei (Sipo or security police). The Orpo assumed duties of regular uniformed law enforcement while the Sipo consisted of the secret state police Geheime Staatspolizei or Gestapo and criminal investigation police Kriminalpolizei or Kripo.

The Gestapo was a corps of professional detectives involved in political police duties and the task of the Kriminalpolizei was fighting crime. On September 1939, the Sipo was combined with the secret service of the SS Sicherheitsdienst (SD) into the Main Office for Security of the Reich the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA). RSHA symbolize the narrow connection between SS (party organization) and police (state organization).



This picture shows the gun in full recoil with the civilian acceptance stamp on the breach block and the last two digits of the serial number inscribed on the rear main axel toggle pin  in accordance with the  the German Heeres-Verordnungsblatt Publication by the Reichswehrministerium in Berlin on March 17, 1932 the rear connecting pin was ordered to be marked with the last two numbers of the serial number.
ABOVE LEFT:  The last two digits of the serial number on on the sear stop and the rear main axel pin. Next to the axel pin is the 2mm bump out to cover a great portion of the pin during full recoil. ABOVE RIGHT: The last two digits of the serial number also appear on the front and rear toggle an the top of the thumb safety.

Above Left: You can see the Eagle L on the right of the receiver. Above Right: Commercial marked with exposed serial numbers but sold into service with the Wehrmacht with the Eagle N proof mark.


Here you can see the extractor marked GELADEN and the thumb safety "GESICHERT (thumb down is safe. The GELADEN (LOADED) on the extractor told the shooter both tactilely and visually the gun was read to fire. The Luger has also the stock lug, short sear and the Bakelite grips of the Black Widow,

This rig consist of an all matching 1942 Mauser Banner, two matching Haenel-Schmeisser FXO magazines, a 1942 Police dated holster, a loading tool one of the best Black Widows you'll ever find.

The Schutzmannschaft was first used to describe the urban constabularies that were merged in 1920 into the Order Police (Ordnungspolizei) or ORPO. Translated as "order police", Ordnungspolizei referred to uniformed police units formed by an act of the German Interior Ministry in the summer of 1936. The act decreed that the regular German police forces were to be absorbed into the SS, which would then incorporate all local, state, and national level law enforcement agencies.

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This is the Legendary Black Widow, the Mauser contracted Parabellum, the 1942 Mauser Banner produced at the end of 1942, this is the most coveted Parabellum Black Widow. It comes with the all matching gun, the 1942 dated holster, a loading tool and two FXO matching magazines. Only marked with the Eagle L this gun was pulled from the commercial stock for shipment to the Police units forming partisan control units.. Taken completely from the battlefield and preserved 76 years for the discriminating collector.  Thanks for looking.

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