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This is a 1941 Chamber dated Mauser Banner built by contract for the German Schutzstaffel SS occupation police after the German Army contract for the P-38 was in production. 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."    (2108)

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, 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.



Mauser-Werke and Berliner-Karlsruhe 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. Mauser made frames had the 2mm "hump" behind the rear main axel pin to prevent the pin from moving when the gun was in full recoil.

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,and the rear connecting pin,

This is a good clean example of the Commercial Mauser Banner. It shows the Mauser Banner 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.

The "Luger" is the term used in the US, the Parabellum is the international term while the Germans call it the P08  for Pistole 1908 (the year of acceptance of this model by the German military). These were commercial guns made under the Mauser Banner logo and then converted to police use when the special contract was let.

The gun is all matching with the serial number on the barrel, the frame and the magazines. Under the barrel serial number is the gauge markings 8.85 measuring the distance between the lands. This all matching Luger with the barrel serial number and gauge markings along with the suffix "U" on the frame and the matching serial number w/the suffix "U"  on the newly introduced Schmeisser build extruded magazines.


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 1940 model had the Type III magazine was introduced with a "Z" spring instead of a coil spring and a metal cap and the base was affixed with a pin through the bottom.  This proved to both reduce construction costs and provided a more even pressure on  the follower to keep the rounds feeding smoothly.The method to produce the extruded magazine eliminated the old crimpted magazines and produced a much stronger magazine.

Eagle L Police

This Parabellum has a stock lug, is all blued (as post 1937 Lugers were with Mauser) and a hold open. This Luger has a deep blue, the polished commercial color to it.  It is in very clean condition and an exceptionally fine piece. See below where the Nitro proof has been changed to reflect the spread wing Eagle with the small "N" as required by the then current proof laws..

This is a Mauser frame with the short sear and all the small parts blued.  The Mauser manufactured "hump" at the rear of the frame this is the classic Model 1934 as manufactured for German Military Acceptance. In November 1942 formal production of the Luger stopped but there were still orders to fill and so up until 1942 Mauser Lugers were being assembled from existing stocks of parts.

The right  side of the receiver doesn't shows the Stage I & Stage II E655 proofs and the military acceptance stamp which in March 1939 was changed to the straight wing eagle w/the swastika. instead, we have the Police Eagle L.

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. The arrow highlights the sear pin which, when the side plate is removed for cleaning will drop into the sear and prevent the government from firing. This was a safety feature that was prescribed for all police guns and became the police distinctive feature.


Adolf 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 Adolf 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.


This is a good clean example of the Mauser 41. It 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. You can see the 2mm extension of the frame at the rear main axel pin to protect the pin in full rear motion.

Above Left: Here we can see the straight wing Eagle L proof of the Police.This proof appears on the receiver and on the magazines of most of the police guns. Above Right: The full serial number is under the barrel and on the side of the receiver. 

This is a good clean example of the Mauser Banner which has been cared for over the years. There appears to be no pitting or damage to the surface exterior and under the grips and represents a fine example of that period Luger.  The barrel is strong with distinctive lands and grooves. 

The left view with the serial numbered side plate. The pistol shows the minor honest wear of war with shiny points at the high ridges where it came in contact with the holster. The extractor, when the gun is loaded is raised to the position that one can see the German word for loaded "Geladin" which both visually and tactility tells the shooter that the gun is loaded.


This picture shows Hitler holding the “Blood Flag,” the flag carried during the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch, probably the most “sacred” relic of the Nazi Party. The Blutfahne (Blood flag) was a Nazi Swastika flag which was used in the attempted Nazi Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, Germany on 9 November 1923 and one of the most revered objects of the German Nazi Party.  The flag was actually that of the 5th SA Strum that was covered in blood from members of the Nazi Party who had been shot by the Munich Police. The flag was thereafter treated as a sacred object by the Nazi Party, and it was carried by SS Sturmbannführer Jakob Grimminger at various Nazi party ceremonies. One of the most visible uses of the flag was by Adolf Hitler, who at the annual party rallies at Nuremberg, touched other Nazi banners with the Blutfahne, thus 'sanctifying' the new flags with the old.

This is a well-preserved 1941 Dated German Police holster; the strap connects from the bottom over a stud for speed in obtaining the weapon. All of the stitching is still in the white indicating the gun was not died or remanufactured.
Note the manufactures name and city (Berlin) and the date 1941. Under that is the police acceptance proof which makes this Mauser Banner of real collectors centerpiece.
The two silver sleeved extruded magazines mark the beginning of the last, and perhaps the best modifications. The Germans fielded in World War II. Police guns were marked but the numerals 1 & 2 to denote first and second magazine. The loading tool is extraordinary in that it to his marked with the Eagle L.

These extruded magazines the first to appear in the police contracts have the Haenell arrow in the word Schmeisser with the Eagle L. It doesn't get any better than this for a police gun of WWII.


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.  Requests for additional information or pictures to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

This battlefield pickup represents an all matching P08 41 Mauser byf, plus matching magazine in very good condition with a excellent black dated 1941 holster with a proofed loading tool.   Questions concerning this offering to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

We reserve the right to sell any internet offerings to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that does not have a cash deposit. This great rig is offered for $4,695.00 over-the-counter and is already discounted for cash.

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