1934 Mauser Persian Contract

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This is a 1934-36 Persian Contract gun manufactured by Mauser for the Shah of Iran. This piece is a 8 inch (200mm) 9mm Parabellum which by serial number (3536) places it in the 2nd lot of pistols to leave Mauser in June 1936 for the Persian Military Contract. (1559)


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If you are an Artillery Luger collector this is the Crown Jewel of collections. Mauser collectors view this as one of best of the early '30s contract guns.  With all the writing in Farsi, including the serial numbers this is one of the most unusual Lugers in existence.

This is a standard 1914 Model  artillery (200mm barrel) gun designated by collectors as a 1934 Mauser Contract Luger. The finish is 98+% Blued and 95% straw blued and model has a hold open latch. The first toggle link is marked with the Farsi script stating Mauser, and there is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear in Farsi.

Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, Shah of Persia; 26 October 1919 27 July 1980), ruled Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. The most recent Shah of Iran, He was the second and last monarch of the House of Pahlavi of the Iranian monarchy of the Pahlavi Dynasty, which ruled from 1925 until the abdication in 1979.

This family attempted to modernize the nation and Germany, emerging from the WWI and the great depression was an emerging power house in the world. The influence and technology of the Germans were sought and as the Persians aligned themselves with the Germans.

The young prince came to power during World War II after an Anglo-Soviet invasion forced the abdication of his father Reza Shah. During his reign, the Iranian oil industry was nationalized under Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, and Iran marked the anniversary of 2,500 years of continuous monarchy since the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great.

The Shah's White Revolution, a series of economic and social reforms intended to transform Iran into a global power, succeeded in modernizing the nation, nationalizing many natural resources, and extending suffrage to women.  The current government is attempting to take the country back to the middle ages.


This piece is a 8  inch (200 mm) barrel, 9 mm Parabellum.   The front sight is serrated and there is the 800m adjustable artillery rear sight in front of the chamber. on the rear toggle link with the last two digits of the serial number appearing on the rear toggle. This model has a hold open latch customary for this model and the customary stock lug.

Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style.   The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the bottom of the locking bolt, on the trigger, on the bottom of the barrel, the receiver lug, on the left side of the breech block. The thumb safety is new style, and blued. This Luger has all matching numbers including two additional magazines in a magazine pouch plus the stock is an old style DWM with the Farsi serial numbers in the wood.


Over the chamber is the former Royal Seal of  Persia. On the right is the Imperial Coat of Arms of Iran under the Pahlavi Dynasty, used from 1925 to 1979

 The first toggle link is marked with the Farsi script stating Mauser, and there is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear in Farsi.

With the all matching Persian Mauser Artillery model comes two matching magazines in a dual leather pouch attached to the original leather and Farsi marked stock.  The holster is original with a Artillery cleaning rod and loading tool.

The Persian contract is considered one of the exotic and impressive factory marked Luger of all the production guns. This rig has even has the identity plate attached to the very early artillery straps.  This rig consists of the additional magazine pouch, two additional matching magazines, loading tool, cleaning rod, stock and of course the holster and accompanying leather.

The Pavlavi Persian Coat of Arms was represented by a Lion with the Sun rising over his back, the right paw is holding a Sword,  the left paw a banner, all under a crown.  See Kenyon Lugers at Random Page 268  Walter, Page 204

The thumb safety is new style, and straw blued on both the gun and the stock making it truly an original. This is said to be one of the finest examples of Mauser Luger production and coveted by the advance collector. This Luger has all matching numbers is a rare collectible and seldom seen in this condition.


Located on the right of the receiver is the Farsi inscription "1314-model short Parabellum pistol". This is commonly interpreted to read Pistol Model 1314 (1935). Adjacent to that is the Crown Property mark.

The bore is good and the action is tight indicating it has not been fired many times. RIGHT: The Serial #3536,  is proceeded by the Oberndorf proof and a inspectors proof in  Farsi . Then the last two numbers of the serial on the side plate and take down lever.

Originally the Islamic countries operated from a lunar calendar begun with the flight of Mohamed from Mecca to Medina in 622. Persia in an effort to modernize adopted the solar calendar (365 days/yr) in the 1920 but adopted the flight of Mohamed as year one.  Therefore, it is believed, that the inscription in Farsi on the right of the receiver reads 1314 but one must add 621 (yrs) to that number to achieve the Model 1935.

After Iranian Constitutional Revolution in 1906, Parliament designed a new flag and a new coat of arms. Lion and Sun motif is one of the better known emblems of Iran, and between 1576 and 1979 was an element in Iran's national flag too .

The motif, which combines "ancient Iranian, Arab, Turkish, and Mongol traditions", became a popular symbol in Iran in the 12th century. The lion and sun symbol is based largely on astronomical and astrological configurations; the ancient zodiacal sign of the sun in the house of Leo, which itself is traced backed to Babylonian astrology and Near Eastern traditions.

The motif has many historical meanings. First, it was an astrological and zodiacal symbol. Under Safvis and first Qajar kings, it received a specifically Shi'ite interpretation.  In Safavid era the lion and sun stood for two pillars of the society, state and religion. It became a national emblem during the Qajar era. In the 19th century, European visitors at the Qajar court attributed the lion and sun to remote antiquity and since then it got a nationalistic interpretation.

The Farsi markings along with the Farsi numbering and proofs on most of the parts makes the Persian Parabellum one of the most unique and sought after production Lugers. There is some question about the total number of Lugers in this contract.  Some quote 2000, other state that there were 2000 (@) 100mm and 980 (@) 200mm barrels. Somewhere in the sequential serial numbers for the "Artillery" models is the gap created by Siamese guns.


This is a seldom seen Luger variation and an extraordinarily sought after piece for the Mauser collector.  The matching gun and stock are very difficult to find. This 1914 DWM Model Persian Contract in excellent condition with all the Farsi proofs y Mauser in minty condition with three matching magazines. This offering includes the Parabellum, the matching stock, an artillery cleaning rod and loading tool along with a holster, double pouch with two additional matching magazine and accessories, If you are collecting the dated artilleries or even matching rigs then you know how hard it is to obtain one like this. 


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