1937 Mauser Totenkopf SS Rig


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This is a 1937 Chamber dated Mauser S/42 Code built for the German Schutzstaffel SS early in the re-armament period. The SS had their own procurement system.  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.  (1849)

This is a full rig, an all matching 1937 Mauser S/42 with (2) matching magazines, a 1937 dated holster, a loading tool, and a SS Belt buckle (My Honor is Called Loyalty) of the Schutzstaffel, plus a period field issue SS belt buckle. 

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.


The Waffen-SS (German for "Armed SS", literally "Weapons SS") was the combat arm of the Schutzstaffel ("Protective Squadron") or SS, an organ of the Nazi Party. The Waffen-SS saw action throughout World War II and grew from three regiments to over 38 divisions, and served alongside the Wehrmacht Heer regular army, but was never formally part of it. It was Adolf Hitler's will that the Waffen-SS never be integrated into the army: it was to remain the armed wing of the Party and to become an elite police force once the war was over.



The extractor is marked "GELADEN". The bore is good with distinctive lands and groove.  The thumb safety is new style, and blued. The thumb safety is marked 'Gesichert' and safe is down. The Death Head (Totenkopf) is inlaid in the left grip and appears to be the 1934 version of the hat device.

This is a standard 1934 Model gun designated by collectors as the 1937 S/42 Mauser. This Luger has all matching numbers. The finish is good on this model and it has a hold open latch and stock lug. The first toggle link is marked with the S/42Mauser code.  There is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear.   This is a basic collector gun.

These Lugers by Mauser were marked in the military manner with exposed serial numbers on all the parts.  This is a wartime pistol that while captured on the western front may have a much larger tale to tell of its travels.

This is an all matching gun with the serial number and gauge markings on the barrel and the of a suffix "t"  on the receive tells us this was early in the production of the 1937 year which was pre-war and the quality and finish reflects the craftsmanship of Mauser who absorbed many of the DWM machinists.

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.


First formed in 1923 as a unit of the the Nazi paramilitary SA (Sturmabteilung - Stormtroopers) and did not become fully independent until 1934. The original task of the SS was to act as bodyguards for senior Nazis, but in 1925 it became Hitler's personal bodyguard. From 1929 onwards it was headed by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and expanded considerably. After what was known as the Night of Long Knives that took place on June 30- July 1, 1934, in which major components of the SA had been dissolved, the SS basically became a state within a state. There was literally no aspect of German life that the SS did not have it's hand in. One of the key figures in the SS rise to power was Reinhardt Heydrich who was head of the SD (SS security services) and later became head of the RSHA (Reich Security Main Office).


Above one can see the "Geladen" marked on the extractor which tells the shooter both visiually and tactilely that the gun is "Loaded". The Early 1937 models still were rust blued and the locking lever, thumb safety, triggere, magazine release and extractor were nitrate or 'straw' blued. Later in 1937, to speed production all parts were blued and the distinctive look of the Parabellum underwent a change. Above you can see the grips have been modified by the original owner to in-laid the Totenkopf hat insignia (post 1934).

Above Left:  The grips bear the last two digits of the serial number; the grips are in very good condition and are serial numbered to the gun. Above Right: On the top of the thumb safety are the last two digits of the serial number "86".   At the very rear is the Mauser "hump" the two mm extension of the "ears" to help old a greater portion of the rear main axel pin when the gun is in full recoil. 

Above Left: On the top of the barrel to the left side is the drooped wing Eagle 63 proof indicating that the barrel has been proof tested.  The 1937 over the chamber is the production code for that year's order.  Above Right: With the side plate removed you can see the trigger and the last two digits of the serial number also identifying the trigger to the gun.

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. There is a "V" notched rear sight and stock lug.

Above Left: The loading was supplied with a center hole and when inverted a thumb lug to push down magazine follower to facilitate loading. The flat end was intended to remove the grip screws and the firing pin retainer, what a tool and proofed to match the gun.  Above Right: This battlefield pickup shows the matching numbers on the locking lever, side of the receiver and side place. The arrow points out the "GELADEN" (Loaded) on the extractor, an innovation dating back to the 1906 model.

This Luger has a tale to tell, if only we could hear it. In 1937 Germany was on the assent of its power, before 1939 invasion of Poland while it was building its armed forces and training the very proud SS unit.  The Totenkopf on the grip is inlaid in the grip and represents a customization that was done locally by some  tradesman, nothing factory provided.


Adolph Hitler reviewing the SS (Schutzstaffel) along with Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (right with lapel open) who was a German Waffen-SS General, an SS-Oberstgruppenführer, and one of the men closest to Adolph Hitler. For his wartime services, he was one of only 27 men to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.


While this holster shows some of the scars of battle all the stitching remains intact and functional. The loading tool pouch is still operational and the leather is pliable.  The pull strap is in good condition and still does its job 80 years later. Stamped into the leather under the flap is the serial number 2786 which is the serial number of the gun.  Imagine the original issue holster with an all matching Parabellum.

The military holster buckled in the front and still bears the shape of the gun it carried all those years in combat.  The rear of the holster still has the distinctive 1937 date, the Waffenamt stamp and a set of SS Runes stamped in the leather. There were basically two types of holsters issued during WWII; the buckled variety to the Wehrmacht and the strap with a stud which were issued to the police. The Luger was perceived as a defensive weapon and 'quick draw' was not the consideration.  Rather a full holster to protect this work of the craftsman from the elements was the greatest concern in the design of the holster.

Above Left: The two matching magazines are the blued wrapped metal sleeved and crimped magazines with the aluminum bottom with the serial number, the drooped wing Eagle 62 the suffix "t" and on the extra magazine the "+" indicating it is the second magazine.

Above Right: The enlisted SS belt buckle  -  The SS motto was "Meine Ehre heißt Treue" ("My honor is Loyalty.") The SS rank system was unique in that it did not copy the terms and ranks used by the Wehrmacht's branches (army, air force, navy), but instead used the ranks established by the post-WWI Freikorps and taken over by the SA. This was mainly done to establish the SS as being independent from the Wehrmacht, although SS ranks do generally have equivalents in the other services.Content for New Div Tag Goes Here

Above: The holstered Parabellum was recognized as a machined tool and the holster was designed to protect the gun from the elements as much as possible to facilitate its functioning.  This holster is in very good condition with original stitching, pockets and straps still functional.  Below: On the belt itself is the RZM markings of the manufactured code and a set of runes.

The back of the holster from left to right is the manufacturers cartouche, the Waffenamt proof (military acceptance) the 1937 date and the SS Runes which was more than likely unit affixed. The white stitching tells us that this holster was not died black, rather the leather was died before the holster was assembled. 


The German Wehrmacht was the first modern army to recognize the value of the camouflage uniform. Several patterns emerged from WWII with the SS wearing a version of the (below) smock to hide the positions of their troops in Western Europe.  In the East they had a white pull-over smock that was intended to blend into the Russian snow.  While it served its purpose the unavailability of heavier winter clothing was a significant impediment to the eastern troop in Soviet Russian.  Questions to Josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.


The entire ensemble consisting of an all matching Mauser S/42 1937 9mm Parabellum with two matching magazines, a 1937 dated holster and a period belt with an SS early belt buckle plus a loading tool proofed to match the proofing on the gun.  As far as a historical bring back this is as good as it get.

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.
Above Left:  The proof marks on the right of the receiver indicating two Eagle 63 and the drooped wing eagle Reich Adler Waffenamt proof of military acceptance on the receiver and the right side of the barrel. Above Right: On the left of the receiver is the four digit of the serial number on the chamber, the last two digits on the side plate and locking lever.  On top of the Parabellum you can see the extractor with two digits, the breach block has the last two digits on the side and the first toggle link on top (visible) while the 2nd toggle link is on the back.
On the right side of the receiver are two Eagle 63 proofs for the Stage I and Stage II proof and then the Reich's Alder (Eagle) with the drooped wings.  It appears also on the barrel (visible) which was applied at the final acceptance and proof testing of the gun with test rounds.  Usually these were higher pressure load to ensure the reliability of the steel and machining.  Once passed they left the factory and were delivered to the agency for which the contract was written.

The front and rear grip straps and the condition of the grips leads one to believe this Parabellum spent more time in the holster than in the hands of the original owner. In 1937 Mauser stopped the rust bluing of their Lugers and adopted a salt bluing process that was used on the entire gun instead of the 'straw bluing' one comes to expect on the locking lever, trigger, magazine release and thumb safety.


Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler holding the Blood Flag (Blutfahne) that was used in the failed Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, Germany on 9 November 1923, during which it became soaked in the blood of one of the SA members who died. It was used in ceremonies in which new flags for party organisations were consecrated by the Blood Flag when touched by it.

Josef "Sepp" Dietrich who was a an SS-Oberstgruppenführer, and one of the men closest to Adolf Hitler. He was Adolf Hitler's chauffeur and bodyguard but received rapid promotion after his participation in the extrajudicial executions of political opponents during the 1934 purge known as the Night of the Long Knives. (d: April 1966)


This is a good clean example of the 1937 Mauser S/42. It has shows the Mauser deep blue and displays minor holster wear. There appears to be no pitting or damage to the surface and represents a fine example of that period Luger. This Luger has been cared for over the years and shows well both inside and out. The barrel is strong with distinctive lands and grooves. You can see the "86" on the internal parts indicating they too are matched to the gun.

The original owner of this Luger had the gun modified to reflect the Nazi SS Deadhead (Totenkopf) was applied to the grip. It was the pride and camaraderie of the SS that made them the most fierce fighting force of WWII. The gun is all matching with the serial number on the barrel, the frame and the magazines.

Above Left: One can see the serial number under the barrel and on the receiver with the last two digits of the serial number on the locking lever and side plate. Above Right: with the toggle in the rull recoil position you can see the serial number on the rear main axel pin. In 1932 the Reichswehrministerium issued an order that the rear connecting pin be serial numbered to the gun which was required by order in 1933. The sear stop attached to the thumb safety (numbered '86' in white) could now be on "safe" with the toggle pulled back to load and clear the gun.

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. 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.

The classic German Luger is known the world over for its distinctive lines and unique functioning. Production from 1899 (Swiss Trials) until 1945 (captured undamaged Krieghoff factory) this handgun spanned two world wars and is found in collections everywhere.

The entire ensemble consisting of an all matching Mauser S/42 1937 9mm Parabellum with two matching magazines, a 1937 dated holster and a period belt with an SS early belt buckle plus a loading tool proofed to match the proofing on the gun.  As far as a historical bring back this is as good as it get.



Without a doubt, the SS Schutzstaffel was the most feared, despised an infamous organization of the Third Reich. The SS was formed in 1925 as a small subunit of the SA with the mission of serving as the Fuhrer's personal bodyguard. Members of the SS were picked for their mental and physical adeptness and were recognized as the "elite" within the Nazi Party. A member had to have finished his twenty-first year and undergone a long probationary period of eighteen months. During this period, the candidate was tested rigidly to observe how well he lived up to the tests of faith, honor, and unconditional obedience.

SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS as commander of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Josef "Sepp" Dietrich  one of Nazi Germany's most decorated soldiers and admired by his troops. Here he is inspecting newly SS men who have just taken the oath in a flag grasping ceremony.


This is a marvelous bring-back rig features an excellent 1937 Mauser S/42 Luger,  a very good 1937 dated holster with a proofed loading tool, a period belt, an extra matching magazine and an SS (Schutzstaffel) enlisted belt buckle.  This Luger is subject to being withdrawn without notice for an over-the-counter sale. Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com This   SS Rig and 1937 Luger is being offered for $4,985.00 (cash equivalent) over-the-counter.

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