19"41"-"42" Code Mauser
Black Widow

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41-42 Black Widow
This is a 19"42" Chamber dated Mauser byf built for the German Schutzstaffel SS for partisan and guerilla warfare suppression. 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."  (2134)
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Black Widow Luger

Serial number placement is in the military (exposed) style. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen." This example has all matching numbers including two matching magazines. The barrel is numbered and proofed and matches the frame. Collectors refer to this model as 1934 to represent the year that Mauser created the machinery for their production run of the Luger. So this 1942 dated 1934 Model although a wartime Mauser variation still exhibits an excellent example of craftsmanship. Note the 2mm hump on the back of the receiver.
Below Left: The barrel is matched to the gun with the serial number and the "n" serial suffix puts this "42" date midway in the 1942 contract. 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.
Parabellum
Above Right:  The magazines are Eagle 37 proof extruded metal with the black Bakelite. The 2nd magazine to match is in the holster.. This Luger has been cared for over 76 years now. It is looking for a good home. 
 
This Parabellum shows honest holster wear for a 74 year old war veteran. The front and back of the grip straps are still strong in blue and there is no rust present.
 

This Luger has a deep blue, almost commercial color to it. It is in very clean condition and an exceptionally fine piece. 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. One of the methods to identify Mauser frames is the 2mm extension which covers the rear main axel pin.


SS Parade
Sometimes referred to by the Allies derisively as the "parade ground soldiers" the Waffen SS spearheaded most of the assaults, where transferred to "fill the breach" in unstable situations while the Waffen-SS grew from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II.

 

 
Left to Right: On the barrel you can see the Waffenamt barrel test proof, the "42" dated this Parabellum in 1942, the "14" on the extractor, 1st toggle and back of second toggle link, plus the last Mauser code to be applied to contract Lugers the "byf". The 'byf' code was not unique to the Parabellum but appeared on the Mauser contract P-38 and the G-43.
The rig comes with two matching FXO style magazines which are correct for the "Black Widow" Above Right: With the gun in full recoil we can see the number "90", (the last two digits of the serial number), protected by the 2mm "hump" that only Mauser built into their Parabellums. Even without the name appearing anywhere you can recognize manufacturers individualization of their products.
The most distinctive feature of these pistols is undoubtedly the toggle-lock mechanism, which holds the breech closed by locking in a manner not unlike the human knee, which can sustain a heavy weight when straight, but once bent is quite easy to continue to bend. The toggle joint in its straight position resists the rearward force of the detonating cartridge, then "buckles" after enough time has passed. When a round is fired the entire breech, barrel and toggle move straight rearward (on rails) until the toggle begins to ride up on a pair of cams that "breaks" the toggle (makes it bend at the joint). Once the toggle joint is no longer straight, it bends freely, allowing the bolt to come rearward, and the striker to be cocked. The spent cartridge is extracted by a combination extractor/loaded chamber indicator on the top of the toggle, is ejected as the toggle nears the end of its rearward free travel, returning, and a new round is stripped from the magazine and chambered as the toggle is driven back to the straight position by a spring.
Beginning with the 1940 models 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 was accepted by the German military in 1939 and implemented in 1940 until the end of Parabellum production.  This proved to both reduce construction costs and provided a more even pressure on  the follower to keep the rounds feeding smoothly.
 

 

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.

 

 

ABOVE : 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.

Additional views of the excellent proofs and markings on this Parabellum. The Black Widow is one of the most sought after Lugers by collectors. Driven by the shortage of materials the Mauser plant adopted the Bakelite grips and magazine bottoms in 1941 and 1942 before production for the P-30, also with Bakelite grips which replaced the Luger on the production line.

The Mauser manufactured "hump" at the rear of the frame, as this classic Model 1934, manufactured for German Military Acceptance as witnessed by the various Eagle 655 Waffen Amt proofs. 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. All the small parts are serial numbered to the gun.  
The right  side of the receiver 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. Many people equate this proof to a "Nazi" proof however from 1933 when Hitler came to power with the NSDAP Party every gun order from the Nazi Government was a Nazi gun.. The front and back of the Parabellum show the excellent front and back grip strap, and the front and rear sight. This Parabellum has a stock lug, is all blued (as post 1937 Lugers were with Mauser) and a hold open.

 

 

 


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 40 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.

This Parabellum is all matching including the rear connecting pin which was ordered In March 1932 by the Reichswehrministerium that the rear main axel pin be serial numbered to the gun. You can also see a fine examples of the fire-blued pin. The inside of the gun is very clean and near minty. It has spent most of its life in a collectors safe, well protected and cared for.

THE BLACK WIDOW

 
The right  side of the receiver shows the Stage I & Stage II E135 proofs and the military acceptance stamp which in March 1939 was changed to the straight wing eagle w/the swastika. Many people equate this proof to a "Nazi" proof however from 1933 when Hitler came to power with the NSDAP Party every gun order from the Nazi Government was a Nazi gun.
It is entirely subjective to give any firearm a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few collectible weapons 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 This firearm is eligible for transfer to C&R permit holder, even in California.  We are registered with CA DOJ for firearms shipment.

 

   

In 1942 the Blitzkrieg had already defeated France. Heinkel test pilot Helmut Schenk becomes the first person to escape from a stricken aircraft with an ejection seat. In the eastern Ukraine, the Soviet Army initiates a major offensive. During the battle the Soviets capture the city of Kharkov from the German Army, only to be encircled and destroyed. In July 1942 twenty-four ships are sunk by German bombers and submarines after Convoy PQ 17 to the Soviet Union is scattered in the Arctic Ocean to evade the German battleship Tirpitz. Germany test flies the Messerschmitt Me 262 (using only its jets) for the first time. The first A-4 rocket is successfully launched from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. The rocket flies 147 kilometers wide and reaches a height of 84.5 kilometers, becoming the first man-made object to reach space. However in November the battle of Stalingrad is initiated and by the end of the month the German 6th Army surrenders.

 

This battlefield pickup comes with an all matching P08 '42 Mauser Code 42. The much sought after 41-42 Black Widow. This Parabellum show honest holster wear and a strong shiny barrel.  This fine 41-42 Black Widow Parabellum is offered for $4,295.00 over-the-counter. This gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet. We would rather answer your questions and provide you with photographs than ship guns back and forth.

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