"41" Mauser Code byf "Black Widow"


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This is a 1941 Chamber dated "41" Mauser byf Code built by contract for the German military. This Parabellum is 9mm with a 4" (100mm") barrel. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen."  This example has all matching numbers.  (2019)

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The Waffen-SS, formed in 1940, was the true military formation of the larger SS, and as such, it is the main focus of this section. Formed from the SS-Verfungstruppe after the Campaign in France in 1940, the Waffen-SS would become an elite military formation of nearly 600,000 men by the time WWII was over. Its units would spearhead some of the most crucial battles of WWII while its men would shoulder some of the most difficult and daunting combat operations of all the units in the German military. The Waffen-SS is sometimes thought of as the 4th branch of the German Wehrmacht (Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine) as in the field it came under the direct tactical control of the OKW, although this notion is technically incorrect as strategic control remained within the hands of the SS. To this day the actions of the Waffen-SS and its former members are vilified for ultimately being a part of the larger structure of the political Allgemeine-SS, regardless of the fact that the Waffen-SS was a front line combat organization.

The Waffen-SS training stressed individuality and there was no fostered division between the officers and enlisted men.  Mission training built cohesive units with special training and tough fighting skills. They were taught to live-off-the-land and their weapons were based more on availability rather than standard issue.  When the Wehrmacht was converting to the P38 the SS retained the Luger as their sidearm.


This Parabellum has a stock lug, is all blued (as post 1936 Lugers were with Mauser) and a hold open. Late in 1941 the Waffen amt inspector "E/655" was replaced by "E/135" and so began the new proofs.  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.

The barrel is matched to the gun with the gauge 8.82mm stamped representing the distance of the lands. The four digit serial numbers were reserved for military and five digits are atypical of the commercial. Above Right you can see the molded bakelite bottoms which were less expensive to produce in wartime.

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.

Above Left: One can see the serial number on the original firing pin that is located in the breach block.

Above Right: The last proof for Mauser for the Parabellum was the Eagle 135. By 1942 the German Adler (national Eagle) was accepted as the final government acceptance proof and can be seen on the right receiver and on the barrel.

This is a 1942 Chamber dated Mauser "byf" built for the German Wehrmacht. 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 and is one of the highest demand Luger of WWII. 

Looking seer the left side of the gun we see the serial number under the barrel and on the side of the receiver. The last two digits of the serial number appear in the locking lever, the side plate, and the sear bar.


The SS was established in 1925 as a personal guard unit for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ("Die Schutz-Staffel der NSDAP" [Shield Squadron of the NSDAP]). Under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler between 1929 and 1945, the SS grew from a small paramilitary formation to become one of the largest and most powerful organizations in Nazi Germany. The Nazis regarded the SS as an elite unit, the party's "Praetorian Guard," with all SS personnel (originally) selected on the principles of racial purity and unconditional loyalty to the Nazi Party.

Wehrmacht Soldier Receive Iron Cross

Above Left a Luger armed soldier being awarded the Iron Cross. Above Right: A recruiting post for the Waffen-SS.

In contrast to the black-uniformed Allgemeine-SS, the political wing of the SS, the military wing, the Waffen-SS evolved into a second German army aside the regular one, the Wehrmacht, operating in tandem with them. Upon mobilization its tactical control was given to the High Command of the Armed Forces (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht). The Waffen-SS were encouraged to use confiscated weapons and individual initiative was rewarded.  These were committed troops with high loyalty and honor.


Below Right: There is a 2mm "hump" at the rear of the receiver indicating this was a Mauser manufactored frame that was designed to cover the rear main axel pin (note below right by serial #88 rear main axel pin). This is one of the cleanest Black Widows we have seen in years. Almost out-of-the-box thie 80 year old gun is still minty.

ABOVE LEFT: On the right of the receiver are the E655 proofs of the inspector assigned to Mauser and both on the receiver and the barrel is the straight wing eagle with the swastika which represented the latter war military acceptance stamp. The Swastika/Eagle Proof with the full wings appears on the receiver, the barrel and the left side of the front toggle link. This proof began in September 1939 and simply represents the army acceptance.

ABOVE RIGHT: "A" shows the last two digits of the serial number on the sear stop; "B" is the Waffenapt acceptance stamp; "C" ae the last two digits of the serial # 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 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 135 Waffen Amt proofs. Here you can see all the parts marked with the last two digits of the serial number plus the Geladen (Loaded) on the Extractor and the Gesichert (Safe) on the thumb safety.

Here you can see inside the gun and the care it has received these past 65+ years.  You can also see the serial number on the trigger, and on the thumb safety extension.The barrel is strong and shiny.  The rear axel pin has been numbered in accordance with the 1933 order of the Reichswehrministerium published a requirement that the rear connecting pin be serial numbered to the gun to prevent the armorers from interchanging the pins.

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 would rather answer your questions and provide you with photographs than ship guns back and forth. Requests for additional information or pictures to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com  
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.



Here's a chance to own the classic WWII predominant handgun. We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that does not have a physical deposit. This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. Call for availability. Any questions or request for additional pictures email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com $4,675.00

Right from the battlefiel, this Black Widow is one of the most sought after Luger's that were made. super-deal $3,495.00 over the counter with the reservation that the gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet.


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